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|Other names||See below|
|Location||Brandy Hall, Buckland|
Bag End, Hobbiton
|Affiliation||Fellowship of the Ring|
|Language||Westron and Sindarin|
|Birth||22 September, T.A. 2968 |
|Sailed west||29 September, T.A. 3021 (aged 53)|
|Parentage||Drogo Baggins and Primula Brandybuck|
|Height||Taller than most Hobbits|
|Clothing||Mithril coat, Elven cloak|
Frodo Baggins was a hobbit of the Third Age, the most famous of all Hobbits in the histories for his leading role in the Quest of the Ring. During this epic quest, he bore the One Ring to Mount Doom and there destroyed it, giving him renown like no other Halfling throughout Middle-earth. He is also peculiar for being, as a Ring-bearer, one of the three Hobbits who sailed from Middle-earth to Aman, there to die in peace.
Childhood and youth
Frodo was the child of the respectable Drogo Baggins and Primula Brandybuck, born on 22 September of S.R. 1368. After his parents died in a boating accident he went to live in Brandy Hall with his mother’s relatives of the Brandybucks. He grew up under the guardianship of the Master of Buckland Rorimac "Goldfather" Brandybuck, who was his uncle. In Brandy Hall he soon developed a reputation as a troublemaker, stealing mushrooms and causing a general fuss; one of his most traumatic experiences was when he was caught by Farmer Maggot who terrified little Frodo with his three dogs.
He was raised by Rory until his uncle Bilbo took him in to live at Bag End, his estate in Hobbiton. He enjoyed life with his "queer" Uncle Bilbo, with whom he shared the same birthday; he taught him to read, and told him stories of the past, even giving him some instruction in the elvish tongue. It is possible Bilbo even took his young cousin to see the elves that wandered about outside the Shire. Frodo developed a profound affection for his mentor. Bilbo made him his heir, frustrating the attempts of the disagreeable Sackville-Bagginses who coveted the inheritance.
Frodo and Bilbo got on like this until T.A. 3001. At this time Bilbo had planned his "disappearance" and withdrawal from the Shire, and threw an enormous birthday party for himself, as he was turning 111. On the same date, Frodo was turning 33 - the coming-of-age for hobbits. As Frodo was told by Bilbo during their preparations, Bilbo disappeared suddenly during the party to the shock of the Hobbits assembled. When Frodo returned home, now as the Master of Bag End, he found that Bilbo had left him the "magic ring".
Master of Bag EndGandalf the wizard, who had come for the festivities, warned Frodo not to use the magic ring, and to keep it secret and safe. He then left back into the wide world, curiosity nagging his mind about the ring.
Frodo, meanwhile, was pretty well off. He lived in peace and respectability for seventeen years, when Gandalf returned with the dreadful revelation that the "magic ring" was really the One Ring of Sauron, a thing of evil power thousands of years old. Furthermore, the Dark Lord was now aware of its survival, and would be searching for it, as Gollum had now revealed under torture that it was to be found in the Shire. After a long discussion and a test by fire of Gandalf's conclusions, the two agreed that Frodo would have to leave the Shire for his own safety and Samwise Gamgee the gardener would go with him. Gandalf recommended Rivendell as a destination, as the road was likely safe and the haven good. He told Frodo to take the alias Underhill abroad. Frodo was reluctant, but bought a house in Crickhollow as an excuse to head east.
Gandalf stayed for two months while Frodo worked out the details. At the end of that time he left to "get some news", as rather disturbing tidings had come to his ears. He promised to be back for the farewell party. Meanwhile, Frodo was not aware that some of his closest friends were watching him; Fredegar "Fatty" Bolger, his cousins Peregrin "Pippin" Took, and Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck, and Sam himself, knew that Frodo and Gandalf were in some trouble concerning the Ring, and that Frodo was preparing for a long adventure.
As autumn passed, Frodo was waiting for Gandalf who did not return, and Frodo grew quite anxious. His friends, Folco Boffin, Fredegar, Pippin and Merry helped him to pack for his travel to Crickhollow. Merry and Fatty later drove the cart of Frodo's belongings ahead, while Frodo still waited for Gandalf. At the last possible day he departed with Pippin and Sam, having sold Bag End to the Sackville-Baggins.
Hobbiton to CrickhollowBlack Rider that had spoken to his father, Gaffer Gamgee, some time earlier. This made Frodo wary, curious, and frightened at the same time. He wished that he had waited for Gandalf.
That night, they were again overtaken by a Black Horseman. This time it seemed to be able to sniff out their hiding place. But as it approached, it was driven away by the song of a group of Elves. Frodo, knowing the most about Elves, identified them as High Elves, and suggested that they wait to meet them. Their leader, Gildor, greeted the hobbits warmly, and lauded Frodo for his knowledge of their tongue. Frodo tried to get information from Gildor on the Black Riders, but the elf would tell him very little. Gildor foresaw that Frodo would have many dealings with the Riders in the future, and urged him to flee them whenever he met them. He and his party left the Hobbits before daybreak, while they slept.
The next day the threesome agreed to stay off the road. After a brief scare when Sam sighted a Rider, they worried about losing their way. That evening they heard a terrible wail, and Frodo distinguished words in it. Before long they came to Bamfurlong, the property of Farmer Maggot. Although Pippin knew Maggot, Frodo recalled a scare he had received at a young age after caught stealing the farmer’s mushrooms, being threatened with the dogs. He froze when Grip, Fang, and Wolf came forth from the house, but Maggot's hospitality soon won him over. When Maggot told of a Black Rider who had stopped at his house asking for "Baggins," and made several shrewd guesses, Frodo grew uncomfortable. Maggot took them to Bucklebury Ferry in his wagon. There they joined up with Meriadoc. As they were ferried across into Buckland, they caught sight of a dark shape on the landing from which they had come.
It was Merry who came for them.
Crickhollow to BreeRivendell. The next morning, leaving Fatty to keep house, they plunged into the Old Forest.Withywindle, where they were ensnared by Old Man Willow. Rescued by Tom Bombadil, the hobbits came to his house. There they met Tom's wife, Goldberry, and Frodo was moved to poetry over her loveliness. He was interested in Bombadil himself, and several times tried to learn who he was. That night he dreamed of a white-haired figure on a pinnacle of stone, borne away by an eagle.
The next day Frodo tried on the Ring, after finding it had no effect on Bombadil. Tom nevertheless could see him, for he was not subjected to the Ring’s power. That night he dreamed once more, a dream he never forgot.
Frodo heard a sweet singing running in his mind: a song that seemed to come like a pale light behind a grey rain-curtain, and growing stronger to turn the veil all to glass and silver, until at last it was rolled back, and a far green country opened before him under a swift sunrise.barrow-downs. Getting lost in the mist, however, they were taken by the barrow-wights, Frodo last of all. Frodo woke in the barrow to find the barrow-wight bending over his three friends. He rose and in a tremendous act of bravery and resilience took a sword and smote off the wight's hand. Then he summoned Bombadil with a song taught him, and Bombadil drove the wight away. Bombadil helped him wake Merry, Pippin, and Sam, gave them their ponies, and escorted them all to the road before turning his face back toward Withywindle. The hobbits, meanwhile, entered Bree and took lodging (at Bombadil’s recommendation) at The Prancing Pony inn, Frodo under the name of Underhill, as Gandalf had suggested.
—The Fellowship of the Ring, Fog on the Barrow-downs
Strider and WeathertopBarliman Butterbur to the gathering, Frodo under his alias and with the story that he was writing a book and came to Bree to gather information. Frodo also asked if Gandalf was present in Bree, only to learn that he had not yet arrived. While Pippin and Sam enjoyed the drink and conversation, Frodo remained withdrawn, soon falling into conversation with a curious ranger called Strider, who gave him a warning about letting his friends talk to much. Pippin began to tell about Bilbo's Birthday Party, and Frodo, at Strider’s encouragement and in an attempt to prevent the name of Baggins from being raised, began to sing The Man in the Moon Stayed Up Too Late. This proved popular with the gathering, but unfortunately, as Frodo relaxed, he fell from the table and the Ring slipped on his finger, causing him to vanish.
Frodo crawled over to Strider's corner and slipped off the Ring. Then he tried to make the best of a bad situation, saying that he had rolled quickly to the side. The suspicious Breelanders, however, grew angry or frightened, and eventually all left the common-room. Frodo and his comrades retired to their room, where they found Strider waiting to talk to them. Strider was honest and blunt, telling what he had overheard and what he knew of them, as well as warning them of the Black Riders and traitors in Bree. He urged them to accept his aide by inviting him into the company. Frodo was leaning to believe the ranger when Butterbur broke in, giving Frodo the long-awaited letter from Gandalf, undelivered by Butterbur’s forgetfulness. After some little bit of light was shed on the situation to the innkeeper, he swore to help the hobbits in any way he could, as a friend of Gandalf and one very much afraid of Mordor. Frodo, reading the letter, learned that Gandalf recommended Strider as one to whom Frodo could go for help. After some further debate, Frodo agreed to let Strider lead them to Rivendell.Chetwood and Midgewater, and finally to the Weather Hills before coming up to Weathertop. Black Riders were sighted from the top of the cairn, and Strider counseled to remain where they were. That night, around a fire, Frodo began to tell of Gil-galad but was cut off by Strider, who chose instead to chant a part of the Lay of Leithian. Shortly after the Black Riders came, and Frodo was stricken down. In desperation he put on the Ring and saw the Nazgûl in their true forms. Frodo then tried to attack in Elbereth’s name, but their leader, the Witch-king of Angmar, stabbed Frodo in the chest before fleeing with his minions from Weathertop.
The War of the Ring
- See also: Quest for Mount Doom
Frodo almost faded and became a wraith so his companions hurried to take him to House of Elrond. They were found by Glorfindel, the High Elf. He put Frodo on his horse, Asfaloth, and upon the approach of the Ringwraiths ordered him to go on. Asfaloth bore Frodo to safety across the Ford of Bruinen, but Frodo, turned around at the other side and defied the Nine. The Riders, were driven into the River, where they were swept away by the ensuing waters. As a sign that Frodo was shifting to the Wraith-world, he could see the Unseen luminous form of Glorfindel.
Elrond healed Frodo, and the travelers stayed there to rest. Frodo's recovery was celebrated with a feast, after which Elrond and Arwen led their guests to the Hall of Fire. There Frodo found Bilbo, first time after 15 years. Bilbo asked to see the Ring and was saddened to see Frodo's negative reaction. The two hobbits then enjoyed talking about Bilbo's works on lore and the Shire.
During the Council, it was decided that the Ring must be destroyed by casting it into the Crack of Doom. A Fellowship was formed to protect Frodo as the Ring-bearer; these would be Gandalf, Aragorn, Boromir of Gondor, Legolas of the Woodland Realm, Gimli of Erebor, and his friends Sam, Merry and Pippin. Before their departure, Bilbo gave Sting to Frodo, and his wondrous coat of Mithril mail from Smaug's hoard, to protect him on the perilous journey to Mount Doom that lay ahead.
Eventually they reached Lothlórien. During their rest there, Galadriel allowed Frodo and Sam to look into the Mirror of Galadriel and see things that might happen. When leaving the Woods, Galadriel gave Frodo a vial with light from the Star of Eärendil.
That was until Amon Hen, when the Ring's evil power influenced Boromir who tried to take the Ring from Frodo. He then atempted to leave the Fellowship by paddling across Nen Hithoel, but Sam followed him.
Frodo decided to trust Gollum as their guide, who led the Hobbits into a gully toward the Dead Marshes. During their route, they were delayed several times by a Nazgûl flying on a fell beast. Aiming for Mordor, the Hobbits reached the western Tower of the Teeth, and Gollum persuaded Frodo to enter through Cirith Ungol. During the next night's march they passed into North Ithilien, and by daylight of March 7 they reached the stream of Henneth Annûn.
Their camp fire attracted the Rangers of Ithilien, and they witnessed a skirmish of the Men of Gondor with the Haradrim. Their leader, Faramir, considered them spies and questioned Frodo concerning their errand, who recounted the journeys of the Fellowship. Faramir informed Frodo of Boromir's death, implying Frodo's involvement. Faramir led the Hobbits to Henneth Annûn and questioned them further in private. Faramir was tested and denied the lure of the Ring and thus gained the trust of the hobbits.
During the night, Faramir called Frodo to him who confessed to the part of Gollum in their errand, begging Faramir not to slay him. Gollum was caught and questioned and then surrendered to Frodo. The following morning Faramir released the three travelers warning them strongly against taking the pass of Cirith Ungol.[
After two marches they came to the valley of the Morgulduin and continued east. On "The Dawnless Day" Gollum returned and continued east to the Southward Road and reached the Cross-roads just as the sun was setting. They reached just opposite the north-facing gate of Minas Morgul and they saw the Morgul-host ride forth.
In that night they ascended the Straight Stair and reached the top of the Winding Stair at dawn of March 11 where they were woken by Gollum. He led the up the to the entrance to Shelob's Lair. However Sam was correct in not trusting Gollum, who actually betrayed Frodo to Shelob; after exiting that dark hole Frodo was stung by the spider, and Sam took the Ring from him to continue their Quest. However Frodo was still alive, captured by Orcs and taken to the Tower of Cirith Ungol.
Learning of this, Sam rescued Frodo and on early March 15 the Hobbits escaped and jumped into the ravine west of the Morgai and crossed the valley. The next day they attempted to climb the Morgai, but had to retrace their steps and reached the north end of the valley, and on March 18 they set out on the road that ran to the Isenmouthe. There they were overtaken by an Orc troop and had to follow their trot.
As Sauron's troops moved at night, the hobbits continued their journey in daytime towards Mount Doom. During the morning of March 25 they reached the Crack of Doom where, at the last moment, he attempted to claim the Ring, whose power had grown too great for him. However, at that moment he was attacked by Gollum, who seized the Ring and then fell into the fire with it, thus destroying the Ring.
Frodo and Sam were rescued by Gwaihir, Ladroval and Meneldor and taken to Minas Tirith. After being healed and having rest for a month, the Ring-bearers were honored on the Field of Cormallen. The following months the Hobbits witnessed the coronation of their companion Aragorn as King Elessar, and were present at his wedding with Arwen that summer. Arwen denounced her immortality and gave Frodo her place to sail into the West.
After overtaking Saruman and Wormtongue, they reched the Mountains of Moria and when they approached Lórien, Celeborn and Galadriel parted their company. The hobbits with Gandalf and other Elves, reached Rivendell on September 21 where Frodo met Bilbo once again.
They stayed there until October 5 and eventually visited the Prancing Pony in Bree before reaching the Shire. There Gandalf left them to visit Tom Bombadil. Once in the Shire, they reached Frogmorton where they were arrested. The next day they reached Bywater where they defeated the ruffians who had overtaken their land.
Over the next two years, the travelers reordered the Shire and their lives but Frodo was still troubled by his wounds. Frodo served as Mayor of Michel Delving until Will Whitfoot was restored. Having no family of his own, Frodo left his estate and passed on the Red Book to Samwise Gamgee, who also named his son after Frodo.
On September 21 of T.A. 3021 he set out with Sam for the Grey Havens. Going south to Woody End he met the Last Riding of the Keepers, Elrond, Galadriel, and Bilbo. On September 29 they came to the firth of Lune where Gandalf awaited them, and on the White Ship they crossed the Straight Road into the West. Frodo would spend the rest of his life in the bliss of Valinor.
Sam followed Frodo across the sea 61 years later, following the death of his wife Rose (nee) Cotton.
Description and equipment
The only real description of Frodo's appearance is given only once by Gandalf in his letter to Barliman Butterbur, in which he is declared a "stout fellow with red cheeks, taller than some [hobbits], and fairer [more light-haired] than most", with a cleft chin, a bright eye, and a perky personality.
Frodo carried a small Elven sword (actually a dagger) called Sting and wore a coat of Dwarven chainmail made of Mithril under his clothes, both given to him by Bilbo. At Lothlórien, Galadriel gave him an Elven cloak that blended him in with the natural surroundings and a phial carrying the light of the star Eärendil to aid him on his quest.
Before Frodo went back to the Shire (after the Quest of the Ring was completed), Arwen Evenstar, wife of Aragorn and daughter of Elrond, gave Frodo a white stone to wear around his neck.
Etymology and translations
The name Frodo Baggins is an English translation of his Westron name Maura Labingi. The name Maura has the element maur- (wise, experienced), which Tolkien equivalated to the Germanic element frod- of the same meaning. Frodo's name in Sindarin was Iorhael ("old-wise") although in some instance he is mentioned as Daur (probably lenited form of taur).
In the German translation he is called Frodo Beutlin, in Spanish, Frodo Bolsón, in French, Frodon Sacquet, in Norwegian, Frodo Lommelun, in Danish, Frodo Sækker, in Faroese, Fróði Pjøkin in Finnish, Frodo Reppuli and in Dutch, Frodo Balings. In one of three Polish translations he is called Frodo Bagosz, but he keeps his original name in the other two.
Names and epithets
- Frodo Baggins - fród means "wise by experience" in Old English. Baggins may have been a reference to Bag End or may come from "bagging" which means "eating between meals" in northern England.
- Ring-bearer - he bore the One Ring to Mount Doom.
- Elf-friend - given to him by Gildor Inglorion.
- Mr. Underhill - used during his stay in the Prancing Pony to conceal his identity.
- The Halfling - a name used for him from Boromir's dream.
- Master - given to Frodo by both Samwise Gamgee as Sam was his gardener, and Gollum, as Frodo was the Master of the Precious.
- Nine-fingered Frodo\Frodo of the Nine Fingers - given to Frodo after Gollum bit off his finger.
- Deputy Mayor of Michel Delving - he was the Deputy from November 3019 through Mid-Year's Day in 3020
- Daur - which translates to "noble" and was given to Frodo at the Field of Cormallen.
- Iorhael - the Sindarin name for Frodo which comes from ior meaning "old" and hael meaning "wise,"
- Maura Labingi - the Hobbit name for Frodo.
- Bingo Baggins - Frodo's name in the early drafts of The Lord of the Rings.
- Bronwe athan Harthad - a name given to Frodo by Gandalf in an early version of The Lord of the Rings, revealed in The History of Middle-earth. It means "Endurance beyond Hope".
|Balbo Baggins||Berylla Boffin|
|Mungo Baggins(grandfather of Bilbo)||Largo Baggins||Tanta Hornblower|
|Dora Baggins||Drogo Baggins||Primula Brandybuck||Dudo Baggins|
|Frodo Baggins||Daisy Baggins||Griffo Boffin|
Portrayal in adaptations
|Frodo Baggins in adaptations|
- Frodo was voiced by Christopher Guard. Sharon Baird was the model for Frodo in the live-action recordings Bakshi used for rotoscoping.
2001-03: The Lord of the Rings (film series):
- Frodo is played by Elijah Wood. He is portrayed as slightly younger than his character in the book. He is also depicted with black hair, though the one (very brief) description of Frodo in the books said that he had fairer hair than most Hobbits (i.e. from light brown to dirty blonde).
2012-14: The Hobbit (film series):
- Oliver Burt provided the voice of Frodo.
- The voice of Frodo is provided by James Arrington.
- Frodo is voiced by Ian Holm.
- In two episodes telling of the meeting of Frodo and Tom Bombadil, Nigel Planer provided the voice of Frodo.
- Frodo is one of the playable characters, his story doesn't significantly differ from the book. He is voiced by Steve Staley.
- Frodo is present in all missions from Sam's perspective: escape from Osgiliath, Shelob's Lair, Cirith Ungol and the Crack of Doom. Completing the game allows to replay those missions from Frodo's perspective.
- Frodo is a "Hero" unit of the Free People, his ability to use the Ring and turn invisible make him ideal for scout missions.
- Unlike most other characters, Frodo and Sam make no appearance in Skirmish battles - they only appear in the storyline campaign.
- Frodo and other Hobbits are no longer permanent units, they are now a temporary power boost available to Free People forces.
2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:
- Frodo can be first met in Rivendell, preparing for departure. Later, he is found on Cerin Amroth in Lothlorien, weary from the loss of Gandalf. As a notable event, a Hobbit actor portrays Frodo Baggins in a Hobbit-made theater play "The Disappearance of Mad Baggins".
- Frodo is mentioned as "Frodo the Ringbearer", one of the much honored heroes of the War of the Ring, in the introduction of the game.
In The Prancing Pony Aragorn tells that he is waiting on a Hobbit with an important burden, this refers to Frodo and the One Ring.
- Latter in the game, Frodo appears in Rivendell, but interactions with him do not affect the main plot.
22 September, T.A. 3001 - 13 March, T.A. 3019
14 March, T.A. 3019 - 25 March, T.A. 3019
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Strider"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Flight to the Ford"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Many Meetings"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Bridge of Khazad-dûm"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Mirror of Galadriel"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Farewell to Lórien"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "Journey to the Cross-Roads"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Many Partings"
- ↑ Peter Jackson, "Production begins in New Zealand on The Hobbit" dated 20 March 2011, Facebook (accessed 23 December 2011)
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, Prologue