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Tolkien Discussion Board - Module 5 1. If you were to remake Frodo into a hero more similar to Beowulf, what would you have to change about Frodo? (Think outside the box, and come up with at least 3 ways you would need to change him.) Please support your statements with evidence from both texts, with page numbers cited. (FYI I am NOT saying he should be different, just using this as a way to prompt comparison of these 2 heroes.) The first way, and most obvious way, that Frodo could be more similar to Beowulf is in his physical strength and combat prowess (because I would certainly say that Frodo is just as strong in his non-physical attributes as Beowulf is). But when it comes to combat, of all mankind, Beowulf is “the strongest of might in the time of his life, noble and great,” (Donaldson 5). Frodo, on the other hand, while not necessarily a total lost cause with a sword (he killed a few orcs in the Mines of Moria, for example), is far from the strongest of might in his time on Middle Earth; that title would be much more likely to be held by the other hero of the story, Aragorn. Frodo even goes so far as to say, “I am not made for perilous quests,” (Tolkien 61) whereas Beowulf has the “strength of thirty men” in battle (Donaldson 7). Another way that Frodo would have to change to be more like Beowulf is that Frodo would have to be far less prone to self-doubt and fear in the face of death. Beowulf is a classic hero, unfazed by the might of his foes or the possibility that he may die. When he first meets Hrothgar, he boasts that “In my youth I have set about many great deeds,” goes on to list them, and then acknowledges the possibility of his death fighting Grendel without any sign of fear, saying that “The one whom death takes can trust the Lord’s judgement,” (Donaldson 8). Later, just before he

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