“I have merely begun to wonder about the ring, especially since last night, No need to worry. But if you take my advice you will use it very seldom. Or not at all. At least I beg you not to use it in any way that will cause talk or rouse suspicion. I say again: keep it safe, and keep it secret!”- Gandalf the Wizard
I thought I’d start of my blog with a quote leading to major foreshadowing.
The Lord of the Rings takes place in Middle Earth filled with wizards, hobbits, elves, dwarves, and many more mythical creatures fighting for the Rings of Power. The Rings of Power were created by the Elven-smiths and the Dark Lord. Nineteen rings were made by the Elven-smiths and one additional ring made by Sauron, the Dark Lord. Sauron made the One Ring, filling it with his own powers, so he could rule the other nineteen. The nineteen rings depend on the One. The powers and wielders of the other nineteen rings are controlled by the One. The master ring had the powers of the others. The ring could take you to an unseen realm, the holder would develop a strong attachment, an extended lifespan, the ability to understand evil creature’s speech, and more. The One was taken and lost for many years. Sméagol became the holder of the One. The ring created Gollum, Sméagol’s new persona caused by the ring. Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit, later took the ring from Gollum and was its new bearer and the ring was his precious. Bilbo was the ring’s holder for sixty years. On his one hundred and eleventh birthday, Bilbo gifted the ring to his nephew Frodo. Frodo, knowing little of the ring and its abilities, is thrown into an adventure.
As I started the book, I realized there is going to more detail than any book I had read before. The first chapter itself is all about Bilbo’s party. The gifts, arraignments, activities, and traditions of a hobbit’s birthday party were all described in forty-one pages. There were moments throughout the first chapter that referenced the One Ring. Frodo receiving the ring as a present began the foreshadowing.
Before gifting the ring, Bilbo used it to disappear from his own birthday party. He had snuck into his house using the ring. Bilbo had already decided to gift the ring to Frodo. Gandalf the Wizard found Bilbo leaving a letter with the ring for Frodo to find later. Bilbo hesitated to leave the ring and called it his “precious,” as Gollum used to. The ring’s power of forcing the bearer to have a strong, unnatural attraction to it had started to show in Bilbo. He then realized he did need to leave the ring behind for Frodo.
In the first chapter, the only known powers of the ring were its ability to take you to an unseen realm and give you an unusual attachment.
Gandalf’s quote at the beginning of this post rouses suspicion of the ring’s other powers. What does the ring possess that needs to be hidden? What else is the ring capable of doing?