This weekend, Hall of Fire will be examining the reasons that may have motivated Frodo to accept the Ring Quest.

`I will take the Ring,’ he said, `though I do not know the way.’

Why did Frodo accept the Ring Quest?

Arguably, no other decision in The Lord of the Rings has such ramifications. Everything that follows is the result of Frodo accepting that the burden of the Ring’s destruction is, ultimately, his alone.

Would he have been justified in not standing up at that moment? Would it have made more sense for him to decide this was a task for someone more experienced in the world outside The Shire? What exactly is his moral obligation in that moment? Should anyone ever be obligated to “save the world”?

What role do the warnings of both Elrond and Gandalf about the Ring’s lure to the assembled council at Rivendell play in his decision? Or Boromir’s desire to use the Ring as a weapon? Or Bilbo’s suggestion that because he started the problem, he ought to solve it.

These are just a few of the questions that we’ll discuss this Saturday, September 26. Be sure to join us at 6pm ET in the chatroom and let us know your thoughts!

Suggested reading

Fellowship of the Ring: The Shadow of the Past
Fellowship of the Ring: The Council of Elrond
Fellowship of the Ring: The Mirror of Galadriel

Upcoming discussions

Saturday October 3: The Hobbit: Chapter 18: The Return Journey

sda-Alan-Lee-the-council-of-elrondThe Council of Elrond by Alan Lee.

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