The Lord Of The Rings Essay

1357 Words Dec 4th, 2016 6 Pages
The Lord of the Rings: The Monomyth Quest
Olivea Borden, Jack Hosek, Swati Patel,
Noor Alyasiry, Evan Karlson, and Quinton Rodgers

As modern day fantasy, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy can be defined as a monomyth. A monomyth is simply defined as a hero’s journey. Frodo, the hero of the trilogy, is seen refusing the call to adventure at first but then accepting it. On his journey, he aided by supernatural forces and tested throughout his journey. After he completed his task of destroying the Ring, he returns home but unsatisfied. This follows Joseph Campbell’s template of monomyth.

Frodo’s journey begins when he picks up the Ring. The Ring previously belonged to Bilbo, who was Frodo’s uncle before he escaped to the misty mountains. When Frodo picked up the Ring, it not have that effect on him and Gandalf, the herald, notices this. Gandalf then says, “There was more than one power at work Frodo... it abandoned Gollum. Only to be picked up by the most unlikely person imaginable: Bilbo... Behind that there was something else at work, beyond any design of the Ring-maker. I can put it no plainer than by saying that Bilbo was meant to find the Ring, and not by its maker." Gandalf is seen telling Frodo that it is his destiny to destroy the Ring because Frodo did not want to accept his call to adventure. Frodo then tells Gandalf "You cannot offer me this Ring!" and refuses his journey. Gandalf did not want to take the Ring because he knew it would corrupt him. The corruption the…

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