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Old 03-02-2003, 10:37 PM   #24
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I don't have the quote on hand, but somewhere Tolkien said that Frodo went as far with the Ring as any mortal could have. People have said that Frodo was weak not to throw the Ring into Mount Doom when he had the opportunity; Tolkien disagreed. So the question is really, which member of the Fellowship could bear the Ring as long as Frodo did without being corrupted?

I think that it's possible that Sam could have completed the Quest, as far as Frodo had, after Shelob's Lair, if only out of love for Frodo and the wish to honor his memory by finishing the task he started. But Sam was, as has been stated, far too much of a follower to have taken the initiative to volunteer to be Ringbearer.

I have more thoughts on this, but need to go.

"Oh, my god! I care so little, I almost passed out!"
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