callmewaltergripp asked: Hi, Im glad I found your blog, Im looking for tolkienand LOTR fans,becouse I just finished watching the 3 movies and felt so sad, with no comfort. I felt Frodo`s end was tragic, he saved everyone, but he couldn`t be saved, he couldn`t have a life at the shire, he had to go with the elves. He, who made the biggest sacrifice and carried the biggest burden, was the one who lost at the end. Ifeel that if it isn`t hope for Frodo then it isn`t hope for any of us. Can you helpme with these?
Thanks for your message, I’m glad you found my blog too! I’ll answer your question as best I can.
Its an interesting question and I’d be interested to know if you’d only seen the films or read the books also, because I don’t feel the movies fully dealt with the themes that are concerning you. To find all the answers you need to read Lord of the Rings and also, for extra insight, Tolkien’s letters.
Life and death is one of the biggest themes of Lord of the Rings, especially in relation to the ring and those who were linked to it. Faithfulness, loyalty, honesty, integrity is rewarded, failure to exercise power responsibly is punished. So it is that Boromir and Denethor, so obsessed with the ring that they fail in their responsibilities, die and those who have borne rings of power faithfully are all rewarded with immortality, sailing to the undying lands in the west.
Frodo may be too damaged by his experiences to remain in Middle-earth, but his reward for his sacrifice is immortality in the west. From his great sacrifice, carried out faithfully, comes his great reward. I do not see this a sign of hopelessness but quite the opposite. Isn’t there an attractive sense of fairness in the idea that those who sacrifice the most for the happiness of others will receive the greatest rewards?
I don’t believe that Frodo lost, but I can see how it is easy to get that impression. This is where I think the books give a great deal more insight and would always suggest seeking answers there. There is darkness and despair in the story of Lord of the Rings, but there is also immeasurable hope. All those who remained faithful in the story received the reward they hoped for - Aragorn became King and married Arwen, Sam married Rosie Cotton, Eowyn found love and escaped the cage she feared, Theoden found honour and redemption and safety for his people, Merry and Pippin the joys of the Shire - but Frodo, through his greater efforts and sacrifice - received a reward even greater than he imagined. All those who remained faithful and honourable found hope in the face of despair at times and I believe that that is as good a sign that there is hope for us as you will find in any story.