In an effort to be a super awesome mom, I snuggled up with Liam the day after coming home from the hospital and watched Return of the King with him. I’m not a LOTR fan as there are just too many battles and creepy bad guys but I do have a few favorite one-liners. “I am no MAN!” “Friends, you bow to no one.” “I can’t carry it for you, but I can carry you.” And therein lies my beef with Frodo. He does not, in fact, face and destroy evil singlehandedly, but he does singlehandedly abandon Sam at the end. Actually, in the end, Sam was ready to destroy the ring while Frodo wanted it for himself. While Frodo certainly was courageous enough to follow that creepy skinny creature and fight the bubblegum head bad guys (remember who was with him?), he wasn’t able to do the harder thing – live life fully, scars and all.
One of the things that really stood out to me when I was in the hospital was that I had a whole slew of Sam’s in my life. I simply couldn’t get up to the volcano and back without them. My house was cleaned, we were fed, prayed for, advised, visited, and Liam was cared for. All things Frodo would have missed out on. And yes, I’ve been told the book ends differently, but I’m still really mad at him. Loyalty is my hot button. Thank-you Frodo, for taking on all of my misplaced frustrations, even though you’re not real.
Watching the movie this time, fresh from the hospital, I added a new favorite speech. Remember when Aragorn and others march to their near certain death at the gates? He says, “I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day…This day we fight!! I bid you stand, Men of the West!!!”
When you’re going into battle, you need a good battle cry. This will be mine.