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Kayden WashingtonMcClishOctober 30, 2017Paper ProposalThroughout the Lord of the Rings, Tolkien leans on relationships to illustrate the nature of good and evil, whilst also detailing the power of companionship itself and the strength others receive which provides understanding on the evolution of each character throughout their journey. Frodo and Sam’s relationship can be used to examine how the battle between good and evil is present by observing their interactions and the effect Sam has on Frodo in contrast to both the Ring and Gollum. Understanding this battle provides clarity on the nature of both good and evil, where they each with either thrive or fail. Another important role of companionship is its ability to tear down borders between different cultures and societies. Tolkien edifies this claim bypresenting the elven-dwarvish standoff and what it means between the characters Legolas and Gimli. Finally, Tolkien details the power companionship holds over people. Oaths sworn to people are binding in Tolkien’s world and they stem from many places. Companionships bring people beyond their comfort zone and because of this, only the strongest ones will survive to the end.Sam and Frodo’s relationship goes far beyond a simple friendship and this can be seen bythe effect Sam has on Frodo versus the effect of the Ring on Frodo. This can be seen clearly when Sam is still ready to go on the journey despite the terrible things he overheard Gandalf saying to Frodo. Evil is going to try and take out Frodo and Sam will not sit silently while it tries to do so. Sam continues this sworn protection of Frodo throughout the book, becoming a
combatant of the One Ring in certain ways. Frodo again tries to leave the company by himself