Ring Temptation Tally


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As we work our way through the book, I plan to track instances of the Ring directly influencing Frodo's thoughts or actions. I'll update this post as we discuss them in class.

Also tracked in Timeline: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1SMZP2NqAXZslmZPIX_yn2a-fp4SWWjfGMsLCBxJs_rg/edit?usp=sharing

  1. Frodo moves to throw the Ring into the fire at Bag End, but instead places it back in his pocket.
    Chapter 1.2, The Shadow of the Past, FotR
  2. As a Ringwraith smells for him on the road, Frodo's hand moves towards the Ring.
    Chapter 1.3, Three is Company, FotR
  3. As a Ringwraith crawls towards him in the darkness, Frodo's hand gropes for the Ring.
    Chapter 1.3, Three is Company, FotR
  4. Frodo suspects Tom of keeping the Ring and slips it on to confirm. He then moves towards the exit.
    Chapter 1.7, In the House of Tom Bombadil, FotR
  5. Frodo is presented with justifications for wearing the Ring to escape the Barrow-wight.
    Chapter 1.8, Fog on the Barrow-downs, FotR
  6. Frodo discovers the Ring on his finger while escaping the attention of his audience in the Prancing Pony. How this happened is left to interpretation.
    Chapter 1.9, At the Sign of the Prancing Pony, FotR
  7. Without rationalization, Frodo is unable to resist the compulsion to don the Ring on Weathertop. Upon revival via Athelas, Frodo recognizes this as "the commanding wish of his enemies" rather than a desire of his own.
    Chapter 1.11, A Knife in the Dark, FotR
  8. Frodo experiences a "sudden shame and fear,...a great reluctance to reveal the Ring, and a loathing of its touch" when asked to reveal the Ring before the council of Elrond.
    Chapter 2.2, The Council of Elrond, FotR
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