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Frodos Quest: Living the Myth in The Lord of the Rings Paperback – November 1, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0835608237 ISBN-10: 0835608239

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Quest Books (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0835608239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0835608237
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,976,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed reading Frodo's Quest, and I am, in fact, re-reading it again to get a deeper appreciation of the depth of Tolkien's insight in Lord of the Rings (Lord). I have (only) read Lord three times. I first read Lord in college, next some years later and again last year before the first movie came out. At each of these times, at different stages in my life, Tolkien never failed to catch me up in the story and depth of his characters. I know that I am not alone in this, for its not unusual to meet someone who confesses that he or she has read it many more times than that. But I have often wondered why the book appealed to me so much.
Dr. Robert Ellwood who, according to his web page, is both a priest, retired college professor, and a teacher / scholar of world religions, helped me understand just why Tolkien's Lord moves its loyal readers so. Ellwood, with insightful extracts from Tolkien's other works, shows that Tolkien wove into his story the universal themes of mankind's spiritual quest. After reading Frodo's Quest, one can never again see Lord as a mere fantasy story, for Ellwood demonstrates its appeal is that, at its core, it is about our own personal spiritual search. Frodo's Quest makes use of references and quotes from psychological and religious sources to establish that Lord is a quest story in the highest spiritual meaning of that term. In this sense, Frodo's Quest will ring true to readers familiar with the works and viewpoints of Joseph Campbell or Carl Jung. The reader of Frodo's Quest, like Frodo himself, will come to realize, like we all must sooner or later, that we all live in a world that is much more than just that which can be seen or touched.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 2002
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Frodo's Quest takes the reader deep into the world of Middle Earth. It explores themes in The Lord of the Rings such as faithfulness and betrayal, hope and despair, and this world and other worlds, with great depth and provocative insight. For example, it examines the characters of Merry and Pippin, Frodo, and Bilbo as providing insight into the human stages of youth, middle-age, and old-age. Yet in so doing, it also asks the reader to compare aspects of the story with the various stages of his or her own life.
Robert Ellwood does not present an allegorical interpretation of The Lord of the Rings, but stays true to Tolkien's vision: Tolkien protested against his stories being taken strictly as allegories, but rather wanted them to be appreciated as stories in their own right. He preferred to say that they could have applicability to our lives. Ellwood guides the reader in doing just that. As a Christian, I found Frodo's Quest to be educational and inspiring, but it has been written with sensitivity to anyone on a spiritual quest, and is respectful of all faiths. Frodo's Quest is a refreshing gift for Tolkien enthusiasts, as well as anyone open to spiritual growth.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 2002
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This book is a wonderful book for those wanting to understand how to relate to the hero's journey and incorporate this journey in their own life. Lord of the Rings, by itself, is a great story and the fact that Ellwood and his wife were great admirers of Tolkien adds interest to this book. Their own love for the creator of the masterpiece brought him into their lives in a roundabout way, so one gets the feeling that this is almost Ellwood's way of saying thank you. In turn, we are gifted with a book that helps us not only understand the intimacies of the story but also how to apply the journey of Frodo to our own lives.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pheriandil on July 6, 2004
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Perhaps it is - among other things - the high applicability of "The Lord of the Rings" to our own world and daily living which makes this tale most precious to us. Analysing the stages of Frodo's way to fulfil his quest step by step, Robert Ellwood pulls the perpetual law of initiation and change as well as the ancient influence of myths and archetypes on our personal growth to the surface of our consciousness.
Ellwood's book is most touching. You may feel your soul respond to the written words and therefore may - whenever you are put to the test yourself - remember that your life is woven into the same cosmic pattern and that the universal life force has been dancing in its predestined rhythm since the world began.
So it remains for us to find the courage to live out of the ancient wisdom, to mine for the treasures hidden in the legends and to plait the threads of our own existence into the mythical tissue. Robert Ellwood has done a wonderful job to light up the way for us.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 2002
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Frodo's Quest is a brilliant exposition of The Lord of the Rings myth from a spiritual and mystical point of view. The author, an Emeritus Professor of Religion from the University of Southern California and a longtime Tolkien enthusiast, is eminently qualified to interpret LOTR in a fresh new way as a universal myth that speaks to readers all over the world, regardless of their cultural background or religious convictions. Frodo's Quest is presented here as every person's quest for personal transformation and discovery. The book, stunningly illustrated, is an "application" (as Tolkien called it) of The Lord of the Rings for the open-minded reader and as a guidebook for one's own quest to destroy the Ring of dominance and sectarian limitation and to find the Undying West of peace and understanding among all peoples.
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