Love In The Lord Of The Rings By J.R.R. Tolkien

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“His love for Frodo rose above all other thoughts, and forgetting his peril he cried aloud: 'I'm coming Mr. Frodo!” Throughout the Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R Tolkien, one of the most prominent themes present is the life and world changing effects of love. Tolkien reveals the importance of both love, and the different types of love; love among brothers, family, lovers, leaders, animals, and of country are all shown. With numerous examples of the different kinds of love responsible for saving Middle Earth, Tolkien is able to convey the significance and impact of love.
Sam’s love of Frodo is of the greatest importance. Without Sam, Frodo wouldn’t have made it to Mt. Doom, or consequently saved the world. “Frodo wouldn’t have got far without Sam”, Sam gives Frodo the courage to carry on, and bear his burden. Though Sam is Frodo’s servant, their relationship is that of best friends. When Smeagol killed his best friend to obtain the ring, a stark contrast is drawn between those two and Sam and Frodo. In this comparison it is important to note that Sam never tried to steal the ring as his love was too strong to allow the seduction of power, even when Sam has the chance to leave Frodo and take the ring for himself, “it was the love of his master that helped the most to hold him firm”. This love made it possible for Sam to reject the ring, and therefore save his master, leading to the destruction of Sauron.
Also, Merry and Pippin’s love for Frodo is what brings them along on the journey, “you must go-- and therefore we must, too. Merry and I are coming with you.” Then later, when the members of the fellowship were being decided upon and Elrond wished to send the two younger hobbits back to the shire, “’ we don’t want to be left behind. We want to go with Frodo.”’ Merry and Pippin’s love for Frodo prompted them to fight for the right to be part of the fellowship, and through their involvement in the journey the Ents were stirred up to fight Saruman, Faramir was saved, and the Witch King was killed.
Frodo was Bilbo’s favorite, which was why Bilbo adopted him. Bilbo loved Frodo like a son, therefore when Bilbo left the Shire again for more adventures, he left everything to Frodo, including his precious ring. Then Bilbo later gave Frodo his two treasured mementos, Sting and his Mithril mail. Bilbo’s way of showing his love is through gifts, it could be said that gift giving was his ‘love language’. Bilbo was in general a generous person, giving much money throughout the Shire, but his love shines through when he gives up more valuable objects. This idea is exemplified most in The Hobbit, when Bilbo gives up the Arkenstone to make peace between the people whom he loved, namely Thorin and Gandalf. It is Bilbo’s love for Frodo that motivated him to give the two gifts to Frodo that kept him alive, to ultimately destroy the power of Mordor. Another example of familial love is that of Frodo for Bilbo. Frodo thinks often of Bilbo on...

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