Free Study Guide for The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien
There are other characters whose actions constitute evil, or the forces that act against Frodo. Some of these characters are temporarily driven to their evil acts, such as Boromir. Some are permanently ruined by their hunger for the ring, but remain characters to be pitied, such as Denethor.
Shelob and the orcs are characters whose grotesque evil only increases anxiety for the protagonist. Shelob and the orcs are pure evil--beings whose sole purpose in life is to cause trouble for the hero. They are onedimensional beings of wickedness.
There are many climaxes in the novel, especially since it is broken into three parts, six books, and multiple chapters. The ebb and flow of dramatic intensity continues to build, however, till the climax of the novel, which occurs when Frodo is ready to toss the Ring into the flames of Mount Orodruin. This has been his objective all along, and the struggles to get to the Crack of Doom have been fierce. Gollum nearly ruins Frodoís objective by biting off the finger that holds the Ring. But Gollum gets too excited and ends up falling into the crack, carrying with him the Ring and thus completing Frodoís mission.
The outcome is still fraught with tension. Though Sauron has been defeated, the Shire is destroyed. Sarumon is still wreaking havoc disguised as Sharkey, and Frodo and his friends are still wounded from battle. The outcome is the gradual recovery of the travelers, the rebuilding of the Shire, the defeat of Sarumon, and the retirement of Frodo. Just as the novel opens with Bilbo passing his legacy down to Frodo, it closes with Frodo doing the same to Sam. The final vision is of the new generation, Samís daughter, and the hope for the future.
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