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Frodo Baggins

Appears in:

Fellowship of the Ring, Two Towers, Return of the King

Other names

The Ringbearer

Description

Frodo offering the ring to GandalfFrodo Baggins a hobbit and was the son of Drogo Baggins and Primula Brandybuck. His cousin, Saradoc was the father of his good friend Meriadoc Brandybuck. Frodo lived in Buckland as a child until his parents were both killed in a boating accident on the Brandywine River. Frodo then moved to Hobbiton to live with his uncle Bilbo Baggins.

Early in the Lord of the Rings, Bilbo and Frodo had a combined birthday party. Bilbo was turning 111 while Frodo was turning 33 (an important age for a hobbit which is the equivalent of a human turning 21). After that party, Bilbo left the Shire and left all of his possessions to Frodo, including his home Bag End and his ring. This ring became the reason for Frodo's long journey.

When Frodo was 50 years old, Gandalf told him to take the Ring to Rivendell. After several months of preparation he set out with three of his younger friends - Sam, Merry and Pippin. During the Council of Elrond in Rivendell, Frodo volunteered to carry the ring to Mordor and destroy it in the place it was made. He set out shortly after accompanied by 9 companions who were referred to as the Fellowship of the Ring. Frodo's mission became the most important task in third age. He didn't fight in a lot of battles as some of his friends did but became one of the greatest heroes of Middle Earth through his deeds. His deeds went largely un-noticed in his home country of the Shire.

During the journey, the members of the fellowship became separated and Frodo continued the journey accompanied only by Sam. In the course of the journey, the ring began to gain power over Frodo despite his immense willpower. When they reached their destination the mission almost failed as the ring finally gained control over Frodo. In an ironic twist, it was only the treachery of Gollum which enabled the ring to be destroyed.

Frodo suffered some long lasting wounds in the course of his journey. These combined with the effect of carrying the ring for so long meant that he was unable to settle in to a normal life when he returned home to the Shire. 2 years after returning home to the Shire, Frodo boarded and elven ship left Middle Earth forever, along with Bilbo and others.

Elijah WoodThe character of Frodo was played in the Peter Jackson film by Elijah Wood.


Frodo Gamgee

Second child of Samwise Gamgee and named after his close friend Frodo Baggins. Born two years after Frodo Baggins departed from Middle Earth.

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