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Character Name: Frodo Baggins
Character Series: The Lord of the Rings
Character Age: 51 (Had a birthday in AX.)
Character Gender: Male
Canon Point: After Faramir shows Frodo the sewers in The Two Towers. Set in movie-timeline with details from books!
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Background Link: http://lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Frodo_Baggins
AU Background: Written below!
Instead of furthering his quest to destroy the One Ring, Frodo Baggins landed in a spaceship. This spaceship so happened to be called the S.S. Tranquility. The ship had not only himself but hundreds of other passengers, all from different worlds and timelines. Among them he found Aragorn and Legolas. With three members of the Fellowship reunited, they decided to stick together. The ship itself was headed towards Ataraxia, a place in the galaxy where it might be possible to return everyone back to their rightful worlds. For Frodo, it was back to his path towards Mordor, to Sam and their guide, Gollum. This ship wasn't a pleasure cruise, though.
As it so happens the crew itself of the Tranquility was mostly missing or either holed in inaccessible to the passengers. Among them Frodo met many allies, many who he slowly began to trust. All the while he kept close to Aragorn and Legolas, who rarely left his side. Many things came their way, from a widespread sickness in the ship that had no real source, that weakened all three of them along with the rest of the passengers. Aragorn, who had devoted himself to being a healer among the residents, had been the sickest of the three. Unwilling to watch their friend suffer, they took the risk of the mysterious speaker of the network named 'Smiley' who told them of a maze within the ship where the cure lay waiting. Inside were monsters and other dangers, and in the same fashion as they had formed the Fellowship, Frodo and Legolas accepted and went in search of the cure.
After the event passed, the three resumed adjusting to life as best they could. Frodo continued to stubbornly search for Sam. He learned from Aragorn that he would see the end of his quest, and a promise that he would see his friend crowned as King of Gondor. This lightened the steadily growing burden of the Ring on Frodo's shoulders, something that did not go unnoticed by his friends made or already gained from home. Yet for the most part Frodo has done well to keep the Ring to himself, yet it's effects on his body and spirit speak for themselves.
During one of his outings to the library, Frodo encountered Loki Laufeyson, a god who could sense the Ring. He was nearly killed by Loki's magic if not for Aragorn and Legolas' swift interruption, leaving the hobbit dazed and bewildered. A few (against all his efforts) have ended up taking note of the Ring, and for the most part Frodo does his best to keep it near especially when the Jump occurs, where they are removed of all their items.
Soon after the ship was running low on supplies. They headed towards a place called Strela, an outpost, a colony where they could stock up on supplies. However soon enough when they arrived it seemed that it wasn't so much a colony as it was a hive where people all joined minds and lost their sense of self. Frodo was one of the ones to go, along with Legolas, and both managed to hide away from the chaos of Strela. On Frodo's part, he used the Ring to hide when the people began to look for more to join with them.
Eventually another familiar face joined them. Arwen appeared soon enough, for a brief amount of time and there were now four of them. At this point Frodo had already been struggling to bear the weight of the Ring, as he usually did. Before Arwen left as soon as she'd arrived, she offered Frodo the Evenstar as a way of showing her support. With her departure Aragorn also left, until only Legolas and Frodo remained. The two naturally drew even closer together, meeting after 'Jumps' the monthly arrival of new passengers and often staying close together wherever they roamed.
While they both grieved the loss of their friend and his lady, they focused instead on keeping their spirits up. Legolas became a guardian of sorts; closely monitoring Frodo as he tried to adjust to the ever-changing ways of the ship. Soon enough Frodo's birthday came along, and with it the hobbit spent a quiet day in the Oxygen Gardens with familiar faces he'd made on the ship.
However as things tend to be on the S.S. Tranquility, any measure of peace is rarely able to last. A mysterious fog settles into the ship, and with it hallucinations that send widespread panic and horror to everyone involved. The case is no different for Frodo. His fog sends him into a nightmare world of the Shire, where he hallucinates the outcome of his home if he fails to destroy the Ring. The nine Nazgul chase him relentlessly in what he's certain is the Shire, burning with orcs and goblins laying waste to the green fields of his home. He sees his family and friends herded towards a place where they will do terrible labors, just as he saw in Galadriel's mirror. Eventually the fog dissipates and Frodo and the others struggle to get a grip on reality. To many it was a bad dream, but to Frodo it was a foreboding image of what should happen if the Ring is not destroyed by his hands. Understandbly the burden grows heavier after such terrors, and Frodo is still in the process of grasping with what's real and what isn't along with everyone else. This is where he is taken from.
Personality: I know what I must do, it's just I am afraid to do it. "
One of the key things to know about hobbits in order to understand Frodo is that they are creatures of habit. They keep to themselves and are fond of things that grow, of good food, of relaxation and quiet. They do not take kindly to changes, strange things out of their normalcy and heavens forbid if anyone goes on an adventure. So when Bilbo Baggins set out on an adventure from the prompts of Gandalf and several dwarves, it raised quite a fuss. Baggins then were described as having a sort of inbred sense of adventure and a hobbit's way of saying 'crazy'. So imagine a young Frodo, growing up in his Uncle's care hearing tales of these adventures, these amazing stories that no creatures, let alone hobbits could possibly be imagined taking.
Frodo grew up with quite a legacy on his shoulders! As a child he was quite mischievous, going into Farmer Maggot's garden and stealing mushrooms, living off the adventures of his Uncles and very much wanting adventures of his own. Even to his coming of age he thinks of adventures, and quite clearly, the truth is obvious: Frodo is meant for adventure. There is a restlessness about him, a desire to learn, to see, the world behind the Shire and it's Farthings. Being with Bilbo, Frodo learned Elvish quite fluently, and took a great interest in his book, 'There and Back Again'.
And yet Frodo is also just like a hobbit. He has a huge appetite for food, a desire to relax and take it easy. A love for the earth and the home he holds dear. Of close-knit families. However this doesn't change the fact that Frodo is an extremely curious, adventurous spirit and it this nature that draws him on a quest 'quite different' than what he imagined.
One of the things we can immediately spot from Frodo early on is that he a responsible person. When he goes back to his home, Gandalf immediately places the One Ring into his possession for safekeeping. Frodo instead of complaining or being terrified of its origins/significance, could have easily gone out and spread the news among his people and caused a greater stirring. But instead he does as Gandalf says, waits with the Ring and when told he must leave his home, his normal life, he takes it.
"They always have a way of surprising you." -Gandalf to Frodo about the nature of Hobbits.
Frodo at first, truly enjoys his journey. It helps his adventurous nature to go out and be among new roads, new sights. He fondly quotes to Sam what Bilbo tells him of adventures, and takes the beginning of the journey in stride. It is only when the nature of his quest, the reality of what the Ring means to the world, to the enemy that created it, that Frodo's almost boyish innocence, his eagerness, is stolen from him.
He realizes that the world beyond is not full of simple things, of trustworthy people, and it takes a serious adjustment for him to bear this. And yet out of the four hobbits who make their way to Rivendell, Frodo is the one who takes the lead in the journey. Frodo is the one that who could easily be sidetracked by the beauties of their adventure, and it's terrors, remains the responsible one. The one with sense. He is the one chiding Pippin and Merry on drawing attention to themselves, he is the one shouting at them to put out the fires. And he is the one ultimately who makes the final decisions on who to trust, who to place their faith in, as shown with Strider. For a Baggins, an adventure is important should be enjoyed and yet Frodo is doing one of his greatest qualities, and the one of the major factors of what keeps him alive.
He endures. He adapts to his situation. And he does it in an honest way when he carries something so dishonest. Something that is so corrupted, wicked and evil. When he is stabbed by the Nazgul blade, is only the beginning of the infinite suffering Frodo's 'adventure' will cost him. After Frodo bears the Ring to Rivendell, he should be on his way home. he should be finished. But instead, Frodo is pulled into the efforts of the world's fate and shows remarkable courage.
Before him stands a quest of peril, little likelihood of surviving, and the burden of the entire world's fate on the person's shoulders. The Council of Elrond has made this decision as the only way to deal with the Ring that already has begun to have a pull on Frodo's once innocence spirit, no longer innocent by the hardships he has faced. And he offers to take it.
This is not a journey as much as it is a burden. Standing before people much bigger than he is, of different races, more knowledge of the world and more likelihood, (you'd think) of bearing the Ring, Frodo shows massive amounts of courage. And yet after he says these words he admits to them honestly, with no reason to hide his vulnerability, "Though I do not know the way." He admits he doesn't know, he isn't proud to take the task, he does it because the Ring fell into his hands, and it is up to him to make an end of it. And there's a normal sense of fear that Frodo displays throughout his journey as well as his courage. They become interwoven, for as the Fellowship gathers around him, Frodo realizes: He cannot trust anyone.
This Ring he carries, which has corrupted everyone who ever wore it, is now his responsibility. His experiences with Boromir immediately drive that point home to Frodo as the Fellowship remains joined. And with it comes desires and mannerisms that are not entirely part of Frodo's behavior. Wariness, paranoia, comes with bearing the Ring. And terrors. The Ring is Sauron's weapon, his greatest part of himself, and his fate is tied to it. On the shoulders of a small hobbit hearing evil whispers, constant weariness and the burden of its existence, it wearies him. The closer Frodo gets to Mordor, the more the Ring burdens him.
How Frodo responds to the Ring is almost normal in some cases. He confesses honestly that he wishes it had never come to him. He shows fear, even willingly offers the Ring to another who he thinks might be more capable than himself. And though he somehow remains himself most of the time, Frodo has his moments of falling prey to the Ring's sway and losing himself. Lashing out at those he trusts the most, almost killing Sam when the Ring manipulates him. It slowly but surely warps his mind to constantly second-guessing who he can trust, until it is a constant fight to hold to what he believes and what he knows to be true, and what the Ring conjures in his mind.
"You are a Ringbearer Frodo. To bear a Ring of Power is to be alone. If you cannot find a way, no one will."
In many cases Frodo grows to become an isolated individual, one constantly weary of the weight of his burden, but responsible enough to know that it is something that only he can do, though he does not want to. Frodo struggles constantly against the Ring's power, and it is even more painful as he continues on, and yet that is exactly what he does. He continues on. He endures and bears the weight of the world on his shoulders and in many cases is alone.
He wanted to be alone. The fact that he had hoped to leave without his friends, to shoulder the burden alone, shows the mark of a compassionate person, and an unselfish one. Frodo didn't want to drag his friends into the thick of his journey. They insisted because they were just that. Loyal friends. Frodo doesn't fail to remind Sam of how grateful he is that he is there with him, though he will not let him bear the burden of the Ring, he admits in his actions of being grateful that he needs something to keep him tethered. To keep him from losing himself.
"Sam, I'm glad you're with me." -Frodo to Sam
Frodo continues to remain compassionate, to keep pure parts of himself that the Ring struggles to corrupt. When giving Gollum a chance to prove his trustworthiness, Frodo admits quietly, "Now that I look at him, I do pity him." For the most part Frodo's strength is existent in the fact that he is still standing.
And while he doesn't have much strength physically, due to the Ring bearing down on him as the days grow 'darker' (as Frodo puts it), Frodo remains able to still laugh at things, to still find humor in Sam's antics and smile, to laugh when he suggests them having a real dinner during their journey. And yet there is still an undercurrent of weariness, of sorrow to Frodo that was not there before the journey began.
Because as much as Frodo shows how resilient he is, how brave, how unselfish and kind he remains at his core no matter how much the Ring drains his spirit, Frodo has still changed. He looks genuinely surprised, genuinely sad when Sam mentions returning home, for he almost feels that he can no longer go back. He cannot go back to the innocent days of the Shire, because he has seen too much. He has felt too much, and bore a burden far too heavy to bear for far too long. Frodo expresses hopelessness, a very relatable emotion multiple times during the journey, but with Sam's words, a little bit of rest, he does continue on, and is set in his course.
With Sam around, Frodo has a bit of hope left, a something that's just enough to keep him standing and moving towards Mordor. With the enormous strain of pressure placed on him, any bit of hope, of encouragement he needs, though it's obvious for Frodo's responsible nature, he feels grief for it. Grief for so much happening that he feels is because of the Ring, and because he is connected to it as it's bearer, himself.
He is a very tortured individual, battling himself constantly and the pull of the Ring while continuing the physical and spiritual weight of the quest with very little to go on. Yet somehow Frodo has what the previous bearers did not. He does not lose himself completely. He has not lost himself, and as Frodo's spirit continues to fight, so does the hope of Middle-earth remain that even in all of the darkness, Frodo does not just carry great evil.
He carries hope. It is a massive burden on such small shoulders, but it is these small shoulders that are doing everything that the tallest of men could not. Frodo proves himself to be no ordinary hobbit after all. His love for his home has not changed, and he longs for it, misses it deeply, but he has enough sense of duty, responsibility to continue no matter if he sees it again or not. That's a large amount of unselfishness, especially considering it was the Ring that fell into Bilbo's hands, not his.
So what we see in Frodo is a mix of things, we see a fragile, small looking hobbit who looks frightened, exhausted and sad, but on the inside, there is a strong, unselfish, brave--resilient hero who is doing what he can as just one life for the sake of hundreds of them. Frodo is all of one and all of the other.
DEVELOPMENT IN ATARAXION:
For the most part, Frodo keeps to many of his same qualities. He remains unselfish, continues to find hope where he can. However in some ways, he certainly has changed. He has grown ever more cautious, especially after the attack from Loki in the library. With so many people around him has raised the hobbit's guard up even more, and he is not as trustful of others as he once was. However despite this change, Frodo still remains as insightful as he ever was before arriving, able to recognize those with similiar struggles and motives.
Regardless, there is always the constant worry that someone will discover the Ring. As he has been on the ship for a few months now, it's burden only continues to grow. Physically he has grown weaker, and at times he often keeps to himself on days when the burden grows too heavy. Yet Frodo still does his best to remain polite and generous with helping newcomers, particularly the young people he's met on the ship while staying aboard. The tempation of the Ring is a constant struggle for him, as much if not more on the ship due to the length of time spent on it, the harrowing experiences supplied by the craft. It is a continual pile-up of painful memories in Frodo's mind.
Above all else, Frodo is hopeful. Despite the suffering of the ship, the burden that continues to tear away at him, he is not without hope. Aragorn told him clearly that Gandalf was alive, along with promising Frodo that he would return to his home. Others, those strange folk who have actually heard of Frodo's adventure with Sam and their other companions, tell him that he will succeed his quest. While he has care not to believe everything he hears, this news has significantly lightened Frodo's heart. While he is still not certain if he will see his home again, it is hard to refute such claims given to him by more than one person. It is something he holds onto, along with the grim resolve that no matter how long he stays on the ship, he will return to see his journey finished.
At the very least Frodo is set to reach Mordor, and while his spirit is exhausted, he continues to do one of the things he's always done best. He endures. He is not without familiar faces, as Legolas has been a source of strength for him simply in being alive and well, something he did not know about any of the Fellowship after leaving on his own. While a part of him worsens, at the same time a part of him grows more and more hopeful. After all, what option is left but to believe that he will leave the ship? There is no other choice left to him but to believe in that.
Abilities: One of Frodo's greatest abilities, and weaknesses, is his possession of the Ring.
"A mortal Frodo, who keeps one of the Great Rings does not die, but he does not grow or obtain more life, he merely continues, until at last every minute is weariness. And if he often uses the Ring to make himself invisible he fades he becomes in the end invisible permanently, and walks in the twilight under the eye of the dark power that rules the Rings. Yes, sooner or later - later, if he is strong or well-meaning to begin with, but neither strength nor good purpose will last - sooner or later the dark power will devour him. " - Gandalf
Frodo carries on his person the One Ring forged in the fires of Mount Doom. This ring holds the nature of the most malevolent entity Middle Earth has ever seen. if this ring were to be returned to the revived entity, Sauron, then Middle Earth would fall under permanent darkness and tyranny for this Ring is his ultimate weapon. The Ring is constantly trying to find ways to return to its master, by changing its size and slipping off the ones who come across it, to tempting the ringbearer itself with whispers of its master's own voice, promises of glory and riches, the bearer's greatest desires coming to fulfillment if he would slip the ring on his finger and lose himself in its power.
When Frodo places this terrible thing on his finger, he becomes invisible. With it he is capable of seeing the realm of Sauron, and Sauron's great eye (which is his current form) is fixed on him in Mordor, alerting all Nazgul and his attentions on it. Every time Frodo uses the Ring the weaker he becomes; and the more dependent on the Ring he becomes. It in a sense is slowly corrupting his mind with the tormenting whispers of Sauron, the terrible burden of it's evil on his small shoulders.
Here, the Ring will not be in the same world as Sauron, but it is a part of him just the same, and it will whisper and tempt Frodo no differently than it did in Middle-Earth. No one I imagine would be unaffected by this Ring as it will whisper to them of their desires and if they are easily swayed, even lure them into trying to forcefully take it from the hobbit himself.
While it is convenient for disappearing, in the end it is Frodo's ultimate weakness, and what could very well be his doom. The only thing Frodo can do is bear the burden alone and hope that he will not be as tempted here as he would be back in Middle Earth..
Other weaknesses would include his height, he is quite small being a hobbit, his failing health due to the Ring's influence, and his hardly decent skills in combat.
GAME SAMPLE: SAMPLE 1. SAMPLE 2
( I've done this set in Ataraxion, if you'd like it set from his actual canon then feel free to let me know and I will fix it up! 8) )
Frodo Baggins wakes to another day spent on the Tranquility. The strange room he often shares with Legolas is becoming more familiar to him than he'd like it to be. Still, he makes due with what he's given. How strange it is to be in a world of only stars and no sign of either day nor night!
The way of it never fails to puzzle Frodo, who never imagined such living could be possible. I'm never certain whether to say 'good day' or 'good evening' , he thinks, walking down one of the many corridors of the ship, careful to keep to himself. Should familiar faces present themselves, it is with a small nod of the head, a polite smile and a hello that Frodo greets them in turn. However there is one destination he has in mind, one with the only green life on the entire craft and the place he feels most at home, the oxygen-gardens.
Frodo is not immune to the weight of the Ring. How it seems to spread it's heavy burden to each part of his body, his spirit, his limbs and his heart. How difficult it is at times to walk for a length of time, with it's thoughts and presence taking so much of him. Few know of it's existence here, save those that know of my journey. How it is possible, I will consider it another wonder of this ship, as possible as it is for those of different worlds to dwell with me now, It's the only conclusion that he can reach in his mind, as he turns the corner into a wide open space, full of bright, green color.
For a ship that could not sustain life, no natural place for a hobbit to be, it was the closest thing to resembling anything like the Shire. The Shire had been green, with good earth, something he could not find your feet on anywhere when he was above the clouds. There were resting places to be found here, and with a book under his arm, Frodo found such a place, to be alone, to be among something familiar as he began his day. Among so many Big Folk wandering to and fro around the corridors, places like these were all the difference in adjusting to it all. If there was such thing as adjusting.
His current book today was one of adventure, and with it came a quiet pang. Memories sprang to his mind, times when it had been all he'd wanted. What replaced them now were dark dreams, a land in shadow and the only comfort being his friend, Sam. I'll return yet, He promised himself, though how he would, it was a faint thought, less certain as it was necessary for him to think. There is no going back, so all that can be done is going forward. An end must be made and it cannot be made here.
So for now, Frodo kept to himself, for the sake of his errand, and waited. Perhaps later he would find Legolas, and they would look into if any progress was being made. For now, he would read of adventures, and try to think of when life was far more simple.
NOTES: I am curious on since when they arrive on the Tranquility they are given a number, a tattoo onto their body with their room number and we're told that if you remove it from the character that it actually causes some sort of harm? Would that be removed if Frodo comes to Animus? Thanks for taking the time to read this app, also! :)