4 comments on “Ending the Story (1) – The Greatest Fantasy Story Ever

  1. I have so often heard that Tolkien should have killed Frodo at the end. Even in the movie that seems to be a logical conclusion–Christ-figure and all that. But when you consider it as part of the hero’s quest, he was not done when he achieved his goal. He had to go back into the world and use what he had learned to make the world a better place. Many people have said that Harry should have died at the end as well. But isn’t it more difficult to come back from such an extreme adventure and live life, forever changed but compelled also to change the world? The true sacrifice lies in not accepting the rest you have earned (death) but in coming back from that precipice to serve others.
    Enjoyed your post. Looking forward to reading Part 2.

    • Well, that is also a strong point and I have to totally agree on this. If Frodo just had died, then all the experience may have been naught. Even though he was the last part of the Ring, he had still, as you put it in a way I could not agree more to, to apply all this. As for “Mr. Potter”, well, I think that is precisely the issue, as I think I will discuss in (oh no!) part III: I feal no real healing, Something I will adress though more in detail. Thx for that interesting comment! ^^

  2. You make some good points. I love HP AND LotR. I especially enjoy the LotR adaptations (far more than the HP ones, which I think leave out some important details), but you’re right — the ending to the films is much more “happily ever after” than in Tolkien’s body of work. Frodo is still dead inside, and must leave the Shire — but the hobbits of the Shire have not experienced evil, so in a sense, Merry, Pippin, Sam, and Frodo are something of “outcasts.” I get why PJ did it that way — after so much death, hopelessness, despair, and darkness, they needed to go home again, to a safe place untouched by war, to fulfill the emotional expectations of the audience. But it isn’t as realistic as the ending Tolkien envisioned, which was no doubt influenced by his own experiences — war touches everywhere, not just the place it unfolds.

    Regarding Harry in the comment above mine — he DID die. That’s kind of the point — Harry fulfills the Christ-figure in the series (much as Gandalf does in LotR) when Voldemort kills him. In the train station with Dumbledore, Harry is dead — and he chooses not to be, but to return and finish it. I felt HP 7 was a little bit of a letdown, but only in the sense that the climax was bogged down with conversation. The movie, in that regard, made a far better job of it than Rowling did, in the final fight between Voldemort and Harry.

    • Oh well, the death ending was not what bothered me really. I think it was an obvious result once we found out that Harry was a Horocrux himself. It was more an expectation and explanation. I hope I can answer that finally on part II, hehe. Thx for the comment!

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