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Lord of The Rings

J.R.R. Tolkien's concept of too much power is summed up by Lord Acton when he once said,
"Power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely." In Tolkien's first book of his
fantasy based trilogy, Lord of the Rings, the Fellowship of the Rings tells a story of a
quest to destroy a powerful ring throughout Tolkien's created "Middle Earth". This quest
was headed by a "Hobbit" named Frodo Baggins who, in the end, becomes corrupted by power
himself. This corruption begins when Frodo uses his ring to become invisible over and over
again to escape certain situations. The quest to destroy the powerful "Ruling Ring" forms
the basis for this story.

The book begins with Bilbo Baggins celebrating his one hundred and eleventh birthday. Many
"Hobbits" show up at his party including his third cousin, Frodo, which is the main
character of the novel and a powerful wizard named Gandalf. Biblo possed a powerful ring
known as the "Ruling Ring" which gives "Supreme Power" to whoever has possession of it. At
the end of the party, Bilbo uses his magical ring to turn invisible and stun his guests.
Gandalf, the powerful wizard, then meets up with Biblo at his house and takes the ring
from Bilbo, which is corrupting him. Gandalf examines it, realizing that the ring Bilbo
has is the powerful "Ruling Ring". Knowing that the forces of evil are in search of the
ring, Gandalf sends Frodo, a relative of Biblo, to destroy the ring in the only place it
can be destroyed, "Mt. Doom". Overhearing the talk between Gandalf and Frodo, Sam, a
"Hobbit", that is good friends with Frodo is forced on the quest to aid Frodo.

The two Hobbits set off on a journey in which they meet up with others that join them on
their journey such as Gimli the "Dwarf", Legolas the "Elven" archer, Boromir a "Human"
tracker, Aragorn the heir to the "Human" throne, two more "Hobbits" Merry, Pippin and the
powerful "Wizard" Gandalf. They travel across "Middle Earth" fighting off many "Orcs" and
"Black Riders" which are in search of the ring by the orders of the powerful evil "Wizard"
Sauron. During their quest, they encounter many ambushes by the "Orcs" which they overcome
and usually slay. In some of the ambushes, Frodo uses his ring to become invisible to
escape from the "Orcs" and "Black Riders".

Boromir asks to see Frodo's ring because he has a yearning for power and authority and
then tries to take it from him. Frodo, at the same time has become obsessed with the ring
due to his overuse. Frodo decides to leave the Fellowship to go on his own to destroy the
ring at Mt. Doom. The party is attacked by an army of "Orcs" and Frodo decides to escape
on boat, but Sam follows, and they decide to go together to destroy the ring.

At the end of the book, the quest goes on with Sam and Frodo, together on a quest to
destroy the ring in Mt. Doom. At the same time, the rest of their party decides to chase
the army of "Orcs" and kill every last one of them. This story continues in the next book
of the trilogy, The Two Towers

The theme of power corrupts is shown throughout the book. Starting with the beginning of
the book when Gandalf is warning Frodo of the possible dangers about the ring and states,
"I should not make use of it if I were you" (Tolkien 59). The powerful wizard knows that
the ring is full of power and that too much power can be dangerous. This is shown more
clearly when Gandalf says, "It is far more powerful than I ever dared to think at first,
so powerful that in the end it would utterly overcome anyone of mortal race who possessed
it. It would possess him" (Tolkien 70). After having said that, he tells Frodo how the
ring originated.

Later in the book when Frodo and his party are encountered by the wizard Galadriel, Frodo
offers her the ring knowing that she deserves the ring the most and should be able to
control the power. Galadriel is strongly tempted to take the ring when she says, "For many
long years I had pondered what I might do, should the Great Ring come into my hands, and
behold!" (Tolkien 431). This shows how Galadriel is taken in by the thought of power at
the moment. She is wise as Gandalf is and tells Frodo, "We will not speak more of it"
(Tolkien 431). She knows by even speaking about its power can bring about destruction.

Boromir does not know how evil the ring can be. He thinks that he could do great things
for his people if he were to use the ring. He thinks, that if he were king or lord and had
enough power to maintain his position, all the problems in Middle Earth would go away.
Boromir thinks out loud to himself and says, "But if you wished to destroy the armed might
of the Dark Lord, then it is folly to go without force into his domain; and folly to throw
away" (Tolkien 435). Boromir is referring to the ring when he states "and folly to throw
away" (Tolkien 435). Actually, Boromir did not intend to say that out loud but made a
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