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While reading The Lord of the Rings I was always drawn to the characters that are more powerful than they seem like they should be I was always surprised by Frodo when he attacked someone because he is always very small and unassuming The same thing applies to the character Gandalf He is described as old and always bent over his staff and always seems tired Yet he performs extraordinary feats that a mere old man shouldnt be able to Then I became interested at why only some instances they exhibit this power considering that for the most part they seem ordinary especially in appearance I noticed that they always seemed to peak in power when the plot peaks in action as well For my final paper I am going to be looking at appearance vs reality in terms of power for the characters Gandalf and Frodo in the story The Lord of the Rings In the book we are given many great heroic characters that grow throughout I am focusing on the above two though because the power that they hold does not quite match up to their outward appearance At points in the book they exhibit power beyond their appearance I am going to be looking at these instances and determine why they appear in the story at the time they do I expect I will find that these instances match up to the rising and falling action of the story If not I will try my best to explain why they are in the story and what purpose it serves the plotThe first character I am going to be researching is Frodo Arguably the main hero of the story Frodo is a small unassuming hobbit He has never left his home the Shire and he is thrust into this adventure by fate I think that makes his projections of power all the more interesting because its almost out of character for him
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