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Who is the main hero of LoTR? I ask only because I stumbled across this quote in letters (no.131);

"I think the simple 'rustic' love of Sam and his Rosie (nowhere elaborated) is absolutely essential to the study of his (the chief hero's) character, and to the theme of the relation of ordinary life (breathing, eating, working, begetting) and quests, sacrifice, causes, and the 'longing for Elves', and sheer beauty."
Yeah, well...you know Mr T, loves to throw a wrench into the works :roll: . Starts off on one track and changes oars mid-stream. Frodo's the hero...no wait it's Sam...come to think about it Gandalf is always at the center of things...no it's really Frodo...it's about Fellowship...

When it comes right down to it, it's Frodo and Sam all the way to Mt Doom. Sam could've never carried the Ring the whole way, only a Baggins had the fortitude for that. But Frodo couldn't have completed the task without his loyal friend Sam. So they are really [b:2bs1x32t]both[/b:2bs1x32t] the central heroes of the story.

[b:2bs1x32t]GB[/b:2bs1x32t]
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Tolkien said it was Sam in a Letter, but the book implies a greater role for Frodo (to me, at least). I have to agree with GB and say they were both the main heroes, along with a broad group of supporting heroes, including Aragorn. I don't think I can pinpoint a single, main hero for a story as complex as TLotR.
After the Fellowship LOTR splits into 2 stories, that of Aragorn and that of Frodo. So, in a sense, I think both are equally the main hero. Aragorn could not have reunited Gondor/Arnor without Frodo's success, but Frodo had no chance of completing his quest without Aragorn's aid. Classic symbiotic scenario. Some would consider this an indecisive answer, but I feel its part of what makes LOTR so great.
I think there are many heros

I always viewed Aragorn as the traditional type of hero (brave, noble, strong etc). Maybe Frodo and Sam are more heros in the sense that they change so much from being living a carefree, unperilous life to taking the Ring all the way to Mordor. The fact that they go throw this character evolving, in itself, makes them heros?

Almost everyone on the good side has some kind of truimph fit to be called a hero. Boromir dying to protect the hobbits, Eowyn slaying the witch king, etc..

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Just putting it out there, there is a psycology term know as Sam Gamgee, I'm not sure 100% what it means, but i believe it has something to do with being obliviously loyal... :lol:
I think that the heros are Aragorn, Gandalf, and Frodam (frodo/sam) Frodo and Sam are one awesome mega hobbit that can't be separated. Gandalf had to make the plans for goodness sake! Without him, GOLLUM would still have the ring, or it would have been wrestled from the shire (in a not so pleasant way...) Gandalf is basically the plot maker of the story :lol: :mrgreen:
Aragorn I admire most though. He's strong, yet weak. He's magnificent, but foul. He's super duper! He's basically a normal guy, or as he's so oftenly mentioned as "a mere ranger from the north" and he's the last of heir to the throne of Gondor; the last heir of the Dunedain. He has to deal with becoming king after centuries of their not being one, while also being caught in a romance that is possibly hoplessly tragic. He's very Jesus like (if not in appearance :lol: ) But I always admired his character out of all of them. I saw the movies before I read the books, and in FOTR, I just called him the sweaty guy :mrgreen: I didn't even swoon over Orlando!
And finally Frodam. They're the least likely to succeed, and lo and behold, they do against all odds. And their mutual love for each other (in the friendly way...) was so emphatic and touching that you automatically fall in love with the characters and pray they make it to their goal.
Such great character developement!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well based on what my account name is ( Estel2931) haha I would have to go with Aragorn...im not saying that others were not as important, because how else would the ring get to be destroyed.

I think what made up my mind for me was just reading what Aragorn's life was like. His father died when he was small and his mother a little later on as well. He traveled around non-stop (pretty much) fighting against evil. Another thing is that it must be pretty nerve wrecking knowing that you are the heir to this big kingdom and that you are the "hope" for them. I know this is mostly based prior to the main trilogy but I thought id just throw that out there.


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