Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Yes! He succeeded.
I just wanted to say that regardless of the debate today, I feel that Frodo succeeded. The Ring was destroyed and he was able to free himself from its power instead of go mad. I also think that Tolkien could not have written the scene in Mount Doom any other way. It would be anticlimactic for Frodo to cast the Ring away without a second thought. Also, Gollum had to die eventually and destroying the Ring at the same time gives the reader closure. In the end, everything comes full circle, Frodo is able to leave Middle-earth in peace.