The Lord of The Rings: Fellowship of The Rings is an epic novel authored by J. R. R. Tolkien, and was initially published in 1954. The success of the novel has resulted to its adaption in form of a film. Among the characters in the film include, Boromir, Sam, Pippin, Frodo, Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Merry, and Gimli. This essay focuses on the character analysis of the members of the fellowship, and evaluates the most suitable member to bear the ring to Mount Doom, and justification for that through the traits.
Frodo is the main character in the novel. This is based on the fact that he had a ring which he had inherited from Bilbo Baggins, his uncle. His personality of being nervous makes him to be least prepared to face the challenges ahead of him, even though he is a hobbit. He enjoys dancing, drinking and eating. During the fellowship of the ring, he is dependent on his friends, Tom and Gandalf. Sam is the greatest friend to Frodo who does not abandon him even after all Frodo’s friends have left him during the quest. Pippin and Merry are youthful hobbits who accompany Frodo on his expedition. Gandalf happens to be second most powerful wizards among the top rated wizards after Saruan. He proves his prowess through fireworks and he is able to lead the hobbits in the caves of Moria until be succumbs to death.
Aragorn integrates with the hobbits in a bar after the approval of Gandalf. Aragorn protects the hobbits and manages them after the demise of Gandalf. Boromir originates from Minas Tirith. Due to his martial spirits, he eventually attacks Frodo in efforts to win the ring, even though he repents later, the damage of breaking the Fellowship is already done. Legolas is an elf/ spirit originating from Mirkwood and possesses great skills of using the bow and arrow. He happens to be a member of the Fellowship, and his skills enable him to shoot down the shadowy figure that attacks the group of Fellowship. Gimli happens to be a member of the Fellowship who is a dwarf, and son to Gloin.
Among the members of the Fellowship, it is Frodo who deserves to bear the Ring to Mount Doom. Just like other hobbits, he is plain, plump and short. However, he is expressed as being extraordinary like witnessed when he volunteers to carry the ring belonging to Sauron into Mount Doom’s fires. Although he begins as being an ordinary hobbit, he undergoes vast transformation through the novel, hence making him a hero. Frodo’s tragic lifestyle begins in early live when he is adopted after the demise of his both parents. As he grows, he earns respect as he fails to follows the comic foot steps of his uncle. The respect earned enables him address the High Elf Gildor Inglorion using his own language after which the Gildor applauds him saying “I name you Elf-friend; and may the stars shine upon the end of your road! Seldom have we had such delight in strangers, and it is fair to hear words of the Ancient Speech from the lips of other wanderers in the world” (Tolkien 94). That reveals that Frodo is both a psychic and a elf-friend, these attributes makes him to begin his life a member of Fellowship at a higher rank than Bilbo, hence has more chances of being successful. It is with the help of his friends that he succeeds in tossing the ring into Mount Doom. His extraordinary attitude makes him to set for the journey to Mordor, even though he is wounded. That changes him both mentally and physically, thus, he recovers fully. His ability to befriend and love people gives him strength over the Ring, all the members of the Fellowship and Sauron, hence making him the preferred bearer of the Ring of Doom.
Tolkien, Ronald Reuel. The Lord of the Rings: The fellowship of the ring. Sidney: Allen & Unwin. 1954. Print.