This week my thoughts lay with Rivendell and its true effects on Frodo. While staying there, Tolkien states that Frodo was basically rejuvenated and filled with peace and hope (those aren’t the exact adjectives but I think you all get the idea).
At this point, we already know that Frodo has experienced the horrors of the Old Forest, which were greatly dispelled by Tom Bombadil. Since leaving, he’s traveled to Bree, trucked across the wilderness, and has been stabbed with a Morgul blade. In addition to all of this, there has been the constant fear of attack from the nine Nazgul and in itself, the terrible revelation of the Ring’s nature and those connected to it.
Now, I’m not disputing Rivendell’s importance. The trilogy wouldn’t be what it is without it. Frodo would have become a wraith and the Ring would have certainly fallen into Sauron’s hands. Indeed, I would conclude that the entire journey would have been impossible without a pit stop at Rivendell.
But even with Elrond healing Frodo, choosing eight trusty companions, and the supplies from Rivendell, I still wonder if Frodo would have made it without the peace it brought him. Reading this a second time, it seemed like this peace was much more instrumental for Frodo than I had originally thought.
When you think about it though, Frodo’s journey throughout the trilogy and even up to this point has been more emotional and mental than it has physical. There are undeniabl physical trials that come with this journey, but Frodo’s greatest burden and hindrance is the mental and emotional toll the Ring takes. At this point, Frodo is basically returning from the edges of the wraiths’ world, and his entire world has been flipped upside down.
Rivendell was an instrumental stop for Frodo to come to terms with his decision to carry the Ring. Here he chose to continue to carry it and here he would come to terms with the fact that his journey was far from over. Rivendell was the emotional and mental safe haven Frodo and probably the rest of the hobbits needed before they finished the job.
This leads me to wonder what you all think though. Could Frodo have made it all the way to Mt. Doom without the healing Rivendell’s peace brought to him? One can never underestimate rest and good food. Any wise thoughts left in your brains?