Tolkien’s 5 Tips for Creating Complex Heroes

Photo ROTK Frodo Baggins 8x10

Frodo Baggins – image copyright New Line Cinema

 

Roger Colby’s excellent post on aspects of Tolkein’s characterisations is well worth a read….

follow the link below for the full article on Roger’s blogsite…

http://writingishardwork.com/2012/05/14/tolkiens-5-tips-for-writing-complex-heroes/

Writing Is Hard Work

Image courtesy New Line Cinema

Tolkien’s letters are rich with information about J.R.R. Tolkien’s writing process.  I wrote a post last week about Aragorn being Tolkien’s example of an epic hero, and someone posted: “But Frodo Baggins is the hero of the LOTR trilogy, right?”  I would argue that he is not, but only one of three or four characters who together make a great hero for the epic story.  Today I will focus on Frodo.

To begin this post, I thought I would pull a quote from a letter Tolkien wrote to his son Christopher on January 30th, 1945.  In it, he discusses something quite interesting: “There are two quite different emotions: one that moves me supremely and I find small difficulty evoking: the heart-racking sense of the vanished past (best expressed by Gandalf’s words about the Palantir); and the other a more ‘ordinary’ emotion, triumph, pathos, tragedy of the characters.  That I am learning to…

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