Who was the true hero in 'The Lord of the Rings': Sam or Frodo? | The Tylt
The popularity of certain franchises comes and goes, but the love felt for “The Lord of the Rings” is forever. The LOTR fandom remains strong decades after both the books' publication and the first film's premiere. Generally a unifying tale, one aspect of the story continues to divide Tolkien fans: the supposed “real” hero of the story. Some believe Samwise Gamgee—the ever-faithful gardener and friend—is the real savior of the tale while others stand by the ring-bearer, Frodo. Thoughts?
Who was the true hero in 'The Lord of the Rings': Sam or Frodo?
There’s plenty of solid evidence in the case for Sam being the true hero of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, the primary being the fact he’s babysitting Frodo the entire time, dealing with his incessant whining. He even goes so far as to carry him up Mount Doom when Frodo inevitably loses his cool at the eleventh hour. Heck, even J.R.R. Tolkien backs this theory up.
Even if you don’t find him to be hero numero uno, you can at least agree he got a really good tradeoff in the end—starting a family with the hottie bartender in the Shire while Frodo scampered off to the Grey Havens. Yawn.
Frodo seems to catch a lot of flack for no good reason. Yeah, okay, so what if he faints constantly like some narcoleptic goat? So what if he kind of chose to believe Gollum—shady addict and possible fledgling nudist—over Sam, his best friend? Everyone makes mistakes, and bearing a Ring of Power is no easy feat. Sam holds it for two seconds and gets a little funky; Frodo has to carry that ish for a long time and still somehow made it out okay.
Frodo was also brave enough to venture outside the Shire and offer to carry the One Ring in the first place. Besides, the whole Gollum thing stemmed from Frodo’s sympathy, something that the world could use more often. It ended up working out in the end, anyway, and Frodo saved the Shire just like he intended. Sounds pretty heroic to us.