Frodo BagginsBy Rachelle Robinson


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Biography:
Frodo Baggins is a Hobbit in Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien. He is the main character who has to take the One Ring to Mordor to be destroyed. His journey is stressed out along three movies, Fellowship of the Ring, Two Towers, and Return of the King. Frodo parents died in a boating accident when he was twelve. He stayed alone in his home tome, Brandy Hill. About nine years later Bilbo Baggins adopted Frodo and took him to Bag End, where he has stayed for his whole life. Bilbo and Frodo grew close over the next few years. Bilbo taught Frodo about the outside world they called, Middle Earth. Bilbo had found the One Ring on one of this journeys around the world. Frodo knows nothing about this Ring, expect for legends. Once Bilbo disappears on his birthday, Frodo learns all about the powers of the One Ring. Gandalf, a friend of Frodo’s for years, tells him all about the Ring and it’s powers. He tells Frodo, “Keep it secret. Keep it safe.” Gandalf sends Frodo to the elves for guidance. Samwise Gamgee, Frodo’s gardner and friend, join him. On their way to the elves’s home. Rivendell. They run into Merry and Pippin, so they take them along. They stop at The Prancing Pony for some rest but soon Pippin is telling everyone about the Ring. Frodo is scared and soon Aragon, a human helps out the hobbits and keeps them safe. They soon all make their way to Rivendell, after Frodo is stabbed and fading quickly. He survives and all his friends are there. Once he gets better, the Ring is discussed. It is decided someone needs to destroy it. Frodo stands up and offers. The others their offer themselves to help. The Fellowship is born. Frodos’s journey not begins. He travels all over Middle-Earth. He destroys the Ring in Mordor and finally goes back to Bag End. He wants peace finally, so he gets a boat and heads to Valinor.

Freudian Approach:
Freud believes in unconscious motives and these are what creates each psychosexual stage. For Frodo, his Oral, Anal, Phallic, and Latency Stages were all normal it seems. He had his parents, they did all the right things. He is slightly dependent on others to help him find his way. He trusts people who he shouldn’t. He trusts Gollum to lead him to Mordor to destroy the Ring but Gollum’s motives are to steal the Ring for himself. He also trusts Aragon to save the Hobbits, but that was a correct assumption. Frodo isn’t very manly or womanly. He is just a part of society and does what he needs to do. He had male friends growing up. He befriended SamWise, Pippin, and Merry.
Around the Genital Stage is when Frodo’s parents died. Freud would probably say this caused him some ego defense mechanisms such as repressed memories and denial. He was also alone for most of puberty. He was finally adopted by Bilbo Baggins when he was twenty-one. He had deal with things in his own head. This denial leads over to when Gollum leads them to wrong way. Samwise tells Frodo Gollum has no good intentions yet Frodo just follows along and yells at Samwise that he is just wrong, Gollum wants the Ring destroyed too. Frodo is also in denial about the Ring. The One Ring slowly overtakes the owner and they want the power. Frodo begins to feel that and he doesn’t want to get that deep into it. He wants to get rid of it. He slowly goes into denial about much the Ring has overtaken him. Samwise points it out and Frodo gets mad. Frodo also has projection on Samwise. Frodo is scared about the whole situation but wants to trust Gollum because he knows where he is going. In turn, Frodo’s fear and anger toward himself is lashed out on Samwise.
Freud would also say that Frodo never finished the stages. I don’t believe Frodo ever had a girlfriend or settled down. At the end of the movies and books he heads to Valinor to find peace and freedom from the War he created. He had enough bad memories in the area he needed to get away. He might never feel complete again.
For Frodo’s ego, it is pretty in check. He knows his reality and fantasy. He has done things on his own since he was twelve. He took on the task to destroy the One Ring by himself because he didn’t want to get anyone else hurt.

Erik Erikson approach:
Erik Erikson believed in Stages also to help describe personalities. He bases his off of a more social aspect. Erikson stage of Infancy helps to show how Frodo got his trust aspect. Maybe his parents were perfect and feed him when they needed to. He possibly could have been too reliant on them. In turn he trusts people too much at first. For his Early Childhood Frodo picked up autonomy. He is very independent and in him ownself. He does what he wants. People help him along the way but he mostly had been alone his whole life. He was going to go on his own as to not hurt anyone else.
Erikson would say Frodo attained Initiative in the Preschool stage. He definitely knows how to step forward and take something over. Frodo had a purpose, he may not have known it when he was little but that sense of it carried over to when he was twenty-one. When the option was presented for someone to take the Ring he stood right up and said he’d take it. This also explains his industry from school age. He must have been able to overcome things when he was younger because he copes very well to his new situation.
Adolescence is when things got haywire for Frodo. He attained a little of Identity and Role Confusion. Frodo probably feel apart when his parents died. He most likely didn’t know who he was till he Bilbo took him in, and then he got his sense of identity. He finally had someone to talk to and hear stories from. There isn’t much said about Frodo’s Young adulthood. He lived with Bilbo and I’d imagine had some friends and did normal young adult activities. Frodo’s middle adulthood was spent traveling Middle-Earth and learning a lot about himself. This was around the time the Ring came to him. He never married or had children. Erikson would say Frodo never acheieved Generativity but Frodo seems content with the way things ended because in Maturity he definelty got Ego Integrity. He had a good life, He travled the world and saved thousands. He made some life friends and now he gets to go to the most beautiful place, Valindor and rest for his life.

Discussion:
Frodo has a very strong personality. He goes for what he wants. He grew into himself through his journey. He didn’t want to be like Bilbo with the Ring. Bilbo was greedy and overtaken by the Ring. Frodo’s personality was perfect for the task. He attained the correct aspects of Erik Erikson’s stages. He had initiative, industry, and identity. He knows who he is. He is introverted but it works for him. He figures things out inside and makes his next move. Sometimes things aren’t planned out perfectly but he knows what he wants in the end. Frodo may also have some denial still but overtime he can work it out. Having the Ring that long would cause anyone to be in denial about it all. He is writing a book, so getting it out that way may help to relieve his stress.


References:

Walsh, F., Osborne, B.(Producers). & Jackson, P. (Director). (2001-2003). Lord of the Rings [Motion Picture]. United States: New Line Cinema

Frodo Baggins-Lord of the Rings Wiki. (n.d). Retrieved November 28th, 2011, from http://lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Frodo_Baggins