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The Return of the King
by J.R.R. Tolkien
Frodo Baggins Timeline and Summary
Sam rescues Frodo from the orcs at Cirith Ungol. Frodo exposes how much he has been affected by the Ring by almost attacking Sam to get it back. As the Ring continues to torture Frodo, he begins to lose his memories of the Shire. Frodo and Sam put on orc clothing to try and blend in a bit more with their surroundings. A passing slave driver mistakes the two of them for small orcs and forces them to march with his company. Eventually, the orc company gets into a squabble with a second orc company and Frodo and Sam escape in the commotion. But Frodo is now completely spent: he no longer has the strength to wear orc armor or anything so heavy. Frodo and Sam crawl together up the sides of Mount Doom. When Frodo can go no further, Sam carries him. Suddenly, Gollum attacks Frodo and Sam in a last, desperate effort to get the Ring. Frodo fights back with renewed strength to protect the Ring. Sam takes over the battle with Gollum, leaving Frodo free to reach Sammath Naur (the cavern at the center of Mount Doom). After Sam defeats Gollum, he goes into Sammath Naur to find Frodo standing at the edge of a precipice. Frodo claims the Ring for himself. Gollum leaps on Frodo a second time and bites his finger off. Gollum falls with the Ring into the volcano, and Frodo's soul is saved. Frodo and Sam are rescued from Mount Doom by Gandalf and the Eagles. Frodo recovers at the Fields of Cormallen and in Minas Tirith. Arwen offers Frodo her place on the elf ship sailing to the West in the next year. Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin return to the Shire. Frodo finds Saruman living at Bag End. Even though Saruman tries to stab Frodo, Frodo does not want him to be killed. Frodo's strong sense of mercy persists. Frodo takes back Bag End and helps to reconstruct the Shire. But his heart is clearly not in it: he suffers from illness and he can't get over the Ring quest. So when the time comes for that ship to sail into the West with Gandalf, Elrond, Galadriel, and even Bilbo, Frodo decides to join them. He makes Sam his official heir and leaves Middle-earth.