Well...just as the whole book is on many levels, there are many sorts of hero.
The warrior-hero, in the old Nordic sense, fiercely focussed on battle-prowess and honour, (in some respects LOTR shows that the time for this kind of hero is past, but he is admired all the same) would be Eomer, for his berserk death-dealing at Pellenor, closely followed by Boromir.
The chivalric heroes, drawn from amour courtois romance, nobles who go through knightly errands and win happiness and their lady: Aragorn, Merry, Pippin, and oddly, rather than Faramir, Eowyn. (It is she who does the winning.)
The spiritual hero, the central hero, the "main" hero: undoubtedly Frodo.
The Everyman folklore hero, the ordinary man who proves himself: Sam.
"There's daggers in men's smiles; the near in blood, the nearer bloody."
Post by Jacques the Environmentalist on Dec 5, 2004 21:23:24 GMT -5
They are somewhat heroes. Pippin lit the beacons(in the movie not in the books) and saved faramir plus merry murdered the witch king but gandalf could have done any of those things with ease. He was just distracted.
Post by LiamsBookworm on Dec 15, 2004 11:04:07 GMT -5
Definitely Frodo. Of course he wouldn't have made it without Sam, Aragorn, Gandalf, and all the others; but he's the one who ultimately destroyed the Ring. It's true that it overcame him in the end, but his wisdom in being compassionate toward Gollum earlier shone through at that point. And anyone who says that Gollum is the hero is simply ignorant, because it was only fate that Gollum's weakness saved them.