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Origin

The son of Drogo Baggins and Primula Brandybuck, Frodo was orphaned at the age of twelve when his parents died in a boating accident. He spent nine years living with maternal relatives before, at the age of 21, being adopted by his paternal cousin, Bilbo Baggins.

Creation

Frodo was originally created by J.R.R. Tolkien for his book series The Lord of the Rings, making his first appearance in the first book in the series, The Fellowship of the Ring. He made his first appearance in comics in Lord of the Rings #1.

Major Story Arcs

The Fellowship of the Ring

When Frodo comes of age at 33, Bilbo leaves the Shire to travel to Rivendell and retire. He leaves all of his possessions to Frodo, including his magic ring. Frodo is advised by Gandalf to hide the ring and not to use it, which he does for seventeen years. When Gandalf returns with news that his ring is, in fact, the One Ring, Frodo flees the Shire in the company of three other hobbits. They travel to Rivendell, and are harried along the way by the Nazgul. He encounters Aragorn, who joins the hobbits on their journey. Despite his protection, the group is set upon by the Nazgul, which results in Frodo being stabbed in the shoulder with a cursed blade. His friends are able to help him to Rivendell, and he is saved from death. In Rivendell, Frodo joins the Council of Elrond and offers to carry the Ring to Mount Doom. The Fellowship is formed to guard and guide him on his journey. He travels with the group through the Mines of Moria and on to Lothlórien; they take boats down the Anduin to Parth Galen. There Boromir, one of the members of the Fellowship who has become bewitched by the Ring, attacks Frodo and attempts to take the Ring from him. He fails, and Frodo escapes from him by donning the Ring and becoming invisible. The Fellowship having been broken by an Orc attack, Frodo sets out for Mordor with Samwise Gamgee as his only companion.

The Two Towers

As they travel towards Mordor, Frodo and Sam are stalked by the creature known as Gollum. Sam is able to capture Gollum, and insists that they kill him, but Frodo refuses, instead using Gollum as a guide. They follow Gollum into Ithilien, where they are briefly captured by Faramir, who turns them loose after warning Frodo about Gollum's potential for treachery. Gollum leads them up the Endless Stair to Shelob's lair in the hopes of inducing the giant spider to kill the hobbits, leaving him free to steal the RIng. During the confrontation with Shelob, Frodo is stung and rendered unconscious. Believing him dead, Sam takes the Ring from him, but learns that he is alive when Frodo's body is recovered by several Orcs, who carry him to be interrogated.

The Return of the King

Frodo is rescued from the Orcs by Sam, who returns the Ring to him. The pair disguise themselves as Orcs and make their way across the desolate wastes of Mordor. They manage to make their way to Mount Doom due to a distraction created by Gandalf and Aragorn. On the slopes of the mountain they are attacked by Gollum, and Sam engages him in battle while Frodo continues on to the Crack of Doom. There, Frodo's will fails and he succumbs to the Ring, putting it on rather than destroying it. He is attacked by Gollum, who bites his finger off in order to obtain the Ring. Gollum then accidentally plunges into the lava at the Crack of Doom, destroying both himself and the Ring. Frodo and Sam are rescued off the slopes of the mountain by Great Eagles. At Aragorn's coronation he is honoured alongside the other hobbits. Returning to the Shire with the others, he finds it in ruins and under the oppressive rule of a being called "Sharkey", secretly the evil wizard Saruman. Frodo and the others lead an uprising that frees the Shire, with Frodo taking care to ensure that those who are captured are not killed. Settling into life in the Shire, Frodo spends most of his time writing about his adventures. He briefly serves as Deputy Mayor of the Shire. Two years after returning to the Shire, Frodo is granted the right to sail across the Sea to the Undying Lands.

Powers and Abilities

Frodo is capable with a sword. He is fairly intelligent, with a demonstrated ability to speak and read Elvish. He also has an incredibly strong will. He had slowed aging due to the influence of the Ring. He possesses the sword Sting, which turns blue around Orcs; a nearly impenetrable mithril shirt; and the light of Eärendil, a magical light source in a bottle.

Other Media

Film

The Lord of the Rings

Frodo appears as a major character in Ralph Bakshi's animated adaptation of the Lord of the Rings series. He is voiced by Christopher Guard.

The Lord of the Rings Series

Frodo appears as a main character in all three films in Peter Jackson's live-action adaptation of the series. He is portrayed by Elijah Wood.

The Hobbit

Frodo appears as a minor character in the live-action adaptation of The Hobbit. Elijah Wood reprises his role.

Literature

The Lord of the Rings Series

Frodo was originally created for the Lord of the Rings series of books. He has appeared in three books in the series, as well as in supplemental materials.

Radio

The Lord of the Rings

Frodo appears in the 1981 BBC Radio adaptation of the Lord of the Rings series. He is played by Ian Holm.

Television

The Return of the King

Frodo appears as a major character in this made-for-television animated adaptation of the third book in the series. He is voiced by Orson Bean.

Theatre

The Two Towers

Frodo appeared in the adaptation of the second book in the series, produced in Chicago in 1999. He was portrayed by Patrick Blashill

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Frodo appeared as a major character in stage adaptations of all three books, produced for the stage in Cincinatti in 2001, 2002, and 2003, respectively. He was portrayed by Joe Sofranko

The Lord of the Rings

Frodo appeared in the adaptation of all three books, produced for the stage in Toronto in 2006. He was portrayed by James Loye.

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