Life Lessons: Tolkien’s the Fellowship of the Ring
Ever since his novel The Fellowship of the Ring debuted, it has inspired minds with its epic tales of unheard bravery, touched hearts with its scenes of sacrificial love and graced people’s souls with its deeper philosophical comments who we are as a society and as individuals.
He moves as far away from civilization as possible, and lives under the mountains. He possesses the Ring for too long, and it begins eating up his mind. His mind became angry, and the Ring torments him. "He hated the dark, but hated light more. He hated everything, but he hated the Ring most of all." (p. 54) His Ring began to look after itself rather than Gullom looking after the Ring. He could not get rid of it, because the Ring would not let him. Gullom begins to wither away, and if he were able to maintain ownership of Ring for longer, he would have "faded" and become invisible permanently. When Gullom lost his Ring he committed treason, and became a servant of the Dark Lord, hoping to regain it.
Every person has an important part to play no matter how great or small he appears (Raffel, Burton, 1968).
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