This podcast is about The Lord of the Rings, complaining, and Stoic insights on doing your duty without whining. Enjoy!
As an enjoyer of the The Lord of the Rings films, I’ve never much liked Frodo Baggins. Frodo is the chief protagonist of the series, the Ringer Bearer, the “Chosen One” of sorts, and he can be pretty fussy. Frodo is always going on about the heaviness of the Ring, and complaining about the burden of his quest. Sometimes he creepily fondles it and makes repeated attempts to go it alone all the way to Mordor. It can get a bit annoying. Such is the case in the Tolkien books as well. In our brand new Geeky Stoics book club we are reading The Fellowship of the Ring together with members of this community. In the book, Frodo is more or less the same.
Frodo hatred is a pretty common thing. Few are impressed by the reluctant hero at the beginning of his journey, something I hear often about other iconic leads such as Luke Skywalker, in Star Wars: A New Hope.
We don’t like complainers. I certainly don’t. Especially when there is something vitally important that must be done.
Well, that’s easy to say, until you’re the Ring Bearer…….
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