One of the key themes of the the Lord of the Rings the trilogy is about fate, and whether it was the characters’ choices that led them down certain paths, or if it was always meant to be that way. There are certainly arguments for and against both sides of this debate. For example, Frodo chooses, at the last moment, not to throw the ring into the fires of Mount Doom to destroy it, a choice that jeopardizes the fate of all of Middle-earth. But, Gollum chooses to pursue Frodo and Sam to the very last, and it is actually Gollum who ends up in the lava, taking the ring with him.
One could suggest that these were two conscious decisions that led to certain results, but one could also argue that it was fate that led them all to this place, and fate that spared Frodo’s life and took Gollum’s instead. Gandalf says much earlier in the trilogy “something tells me he still has a part to play in all of this”, which sounds a lot like a predetermined path before each of them.
It’s a burden that many of the characters are very aware of and seem to carry heavily. Galadriel, for example, sees visions in her magic mirror, which help her pass the test when presented with the ring of power right in front of her. Denethor, on the other hand, is shown visions of the future in a Palantir, which instead drives him to despair and futility, as he believes that the disastrous results of Sauron’s rule over the world are inevitable, and therefore there is no point in even trying to overcome this terrible fate.
And of all the characters, Bilbo and Frodo are of course the most obvious choices, for the protagonists who seem on a trajectory of a peaceful and quiet life in the Shire, but who are thrown into adventures completely different from what they would never have believed. The two hobbits make the choice to participate in this adventure, Bilbo misses almost entirely as he runs to catch up with the dwarves the next morning, having changed his mind. But the two hobbits do more incredible things than anyone, including themselves, ever thought they were capable of.
The same goes for another character in the the Lord of the Rings, who ended up with a very different path than he expected: Éomer. The famous Rohan rider goes through several things that he could never have foreseen throughout his journey. He is banished by Wormtongue under the decree of his sick uncle, he is forced to leave his sister behind when he knows she is in the clutches of the lustful traitor, he must lead an army of horsemen into battle to protect Minas Tirith, and finally he takes control of a kingdom that was never his.
The truth is Éomer should never have been king. Unlike Boromir, who was brought up with the weight of his father’s expectations, and trained and hunted down and turned into a ruler, chief, noble and brave man strong enough to rule the kingdom of Gondor, Éomer never had such training and such emphasis on him. No doubt he was trained as a warrior, a horseman, a noble man like a royal blood of his realm, but he was never prepared to be king, and never wanted to be a leader because that duty was always destined to fall on his cousin. Théodred, son of King Théoden.
Unfortunately, Theodred is injured in battle against the orcs, then later dies from the poison in his veins (although whether the poison came from the weapon in question or was part of some nefarious Wormtongue plan has long been questioned). debated.) The throne, then, comes to Éomer, who is the next male heir in line, but he seems surprisingly ill-equipped to know how to handle it, especially compared to his sister Éowyn, who shows all the same fighting prowess as him. , and shared many of the same life experiences as he did, and yet seems to have a better moral compass, a better understanding of people and their strengths and weaknesses, and a better ability to make allies among the surrounding kingdoms, this which would have potentially made it a much better rule.
However, since Éomer should never have become king, and it was something fate imposed on him, he does a great job and leads Rohan to prosperity by working alongside Aragorn to further the Kingdom reunited in the fourth age of Middle-earth. . There is an era of unprecedented peace, in which the alliance between the kingdoms remains forever strong and is passed down to the son of Éomer, and to his son after him. So maybe fate, or Eru, the creator of all things in the Silmarillion, or fate, whatever power has guided them through this journey, already had this in store from when Eomer began , for he was still capable of greatness.
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