The hero and the heroic in Lord of the Rings

It’s an intriguing question. Who is the hero in the Lord of the Rings? Who did Tolkien see as the hero? Is there more than one? What is it that characters such as Frodo, Aragorn, Sam and even Gollum do that make us regard them as heroes (or antiheroes)?

Is Gollum actually an antihero? What is it that makes many regard him as a heroic figure in LoTR? Is it rebellion against authority … or an element of redemption, or is antihero simply another word for exciting villain?

And what are the traits and acts which make a man or woman a hero? Is it military conquest? Sheer physical strength and courage such as Boromir exhibited? The ability to inspire and guide that Arathorn and Gandalf show? Are quieter, less flashy traits the most important ingredients in heroism? Traits such as steadfastness and loyalty to a seemingly impossible cause or task?

Join us this weekend for what is sure to be yet another lively debate.

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