I am a big Lord of the Rings fan. Since seeing the first movie I have been hooked on the unmatchable epic-ness created by the music, the battles, and the lovable, but nevertheless complex characters. There was just one thing I didn’t like about the original trilogy: Frodo. Could there be a more annoying protagonist? No. His consistent whining, lack of loyalty and trust in his friends, and that ridiculous expression of pain he always seems to have on his little-hobbit face becomes too much. He is particularly difficult to abide when compared with straight-shooter Legolas, loyal-as-a-good-dog Sam, and dark-and-mysterious-but-always-noble Strider/Aragorn. It may be argued that Frodo’s burden is beyond understanding, and that his obnoxious behavior should be excused. In my opinion, Sam’s heart is just as pure (if not purer) than Frodo’s. Gandalf chose the wrong hobbit.
After seeing the Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey, the first third of the prequel to the LOTR series, my dislike for Frodo has only increased. I had always viewed Bilbo as a bit of a diva. His stunt pulled on his eleventy-first birthday, combined with his obvious reluctance of letting go of the ring, made me think he was not to be trusted. However, the Hobbit proved me wrong. Bilbo is not only more likeable than Frodo, but also more noble. Bilbo never abandoned his friends, the dwarves, (not yet anyway). Frankly, throwing Bilbo in Frodo’s place would make LOTR, the best movies seen on (middle) earth.