Once again I am reblogging a post that I wrote in an earlier stage in this project. In this case I wrote the post in March 2015. At the time I had recently written a post entitled, Sam Carries Frodo to Mordor, which has been among the most frequently read ever since I wrote it. This one has not been read so frequently. My hope is that this reblog will encourage a few more readers.
The post is about Sam as much as it is about Frodo. How can you separate one from the other? It is about the effect of awakening the imagination first in Sam’s life and then in ours. I do hope that you enjoy it and if you would like to comment then I would be delighted to respond.
Wisdom from The Lord of the Rings
All who know the story of The Lord of the Rings know that without Sam Gamgee Frodo Baggins could never have reached Mordor so that, in other words, Sam carried Frodo to Mordor. But this week we are going to think about the way that Frodo carried Sam to Mordor and we will show how Sam could never have made the journey he did without Frodo or become the person that he did without him. It was Sam’s relationship with Frodo that enabled him to grow into someone who could inhabit this story that is far too big for him even though he is never really aware that this is what is happening to him.
In the very first scene of The Lord of the Rings we meet Sam’s father, Gaffer Gamgee, sitting in The Ivy Bush on the Bywater Road talking over the news with the assembled gathering there as the Shire prepares for Bilbo Baggins’s…
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3 thoughts on “Frodo Carries Sam to Mordor”
Another excellent post. Imagination truly is amazing, I wholeheartedly agree. I always tell people the most powerful words in the English language are “What if…?”
Are most people hobbits by nature, a bit like the Gaffer? Of course it is not just hobbits. Éomer’s men want him to obliterate the troublesome apparition of an Elf, a Dwarf and a King out of an ancient tale when they emerge out of the grasslands of Rohan.
So true. It’s dangerous business going out your door and seeing what “the others” really are all about. Might come back with strange notions…