Literary Devices Storyboard: LOTR

Literary Devices Storyboard: LOTR

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  • Foreshadowing
  • Don't put on the ring!
  • Fellowship of the Ring
  • Characterization & Irony
  • He's the ring bearer?!
  • Internal & External Conflicts
  • Put it on!
  • No! It's evil!
  • There are lots of times that foreshadowing is done in The Fellowship of the Ring. For example, when Frodo gets stabbed by the ringwraiths with a blade that could slowly turn him evil, it foreshadows Frodo's corruption by the evil power. Whenever Frodo almost puts the ring on, it foreshadows the temptation of the ring that's also going to corrupt him.
  • Flashback
  • The characterization of Frodo Baggins has a correspondence to irony in the story. Frodo is often directly characterized: he is described as a shy, innocent, curious, young hobbit. His characterization is very ironic, for he ends up being the ring-bearer of the most evil ring and going on an epic journey to get to most evil place. He is also indirectly characterized as brave; he often stands up to even the most terrifying or strong creatures.
  • Symbolism
  • By Faith Stumpf
  • Frodo has many conflicts throughout the book. His biggest conflict was against himself: he had to fight against the part of him that was getting corrupted by the ring and he had to resist the fact that he was tempted to always put on the ring.  However, he had more external conflicts than his internal conflict. He was often faced with the evil servants of Sauron, the treacherous wild lands, and others that wanted the ring.
  • Theme & Imagery
  • Frodo has many flashbacks throughout the book. He often has flashbacks of the Shire and the peacefulness of it. His flashbacks show the longing that all the hobbits have to go back to their old life on their journey. They show the hardships that Frodo has to go through even though he's just a hobbit. 
  • Surprisingly, the book (and the whole series) somewhat symbolizes the destruction that happened in World War 1 and 2. The story is not directly based around WWI & WW2, but the happenings in the battle field definitely influenced J.R.R. Tolkien's writing. The book also somewhat symbolizes Catholic work. Theories like the battle of good versus evil and the struggle Frodo against the evil ring symbolize factors like free will and self sacrifice.
  • The theme of The Fellowship of the Ring  is that friendship is a very important factor of life. The story shows that if you stick together with your friends, you can get through almost anything. Even though the fellowship ends up breaking apart, Sam still stays with Frodo until the end. Imagery is also a big part of the book. Places, characters, and environments are often described in such detail that you can imagine them exactly how the author intended you to imagine them. For example, the Shire is described as a beautiful, peaceful place with flowers, meadows, hills, and trees.
  • I can't do this..
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