Tuesday, November 5, 2013

MEC Day Five: Best Member vs. Favorite Member

Gimli: Well, here's one Dwarf she won't ensnare so easily. I have the eyes of a hawk and the ears of a fox!
[Haldir and a group of elves appear, holding Gimli and the others at arrow point]
Haldir: A Dwarf breathes so loud, we could have shot him in the dark.



The best of the fellowship???  That is an interesting question.  It is different from asking, "Who is your favorite member of the fellowship?"

I'm trying to decide how to answer this.  The fellowship was formed for the purpose of aiding Frodo's quest to destroy the ring.  Nine people brought together by one common purpose.  Each of the Nine Walkers played an individual role in the Fellowship.  For example, Legolas was the scout, Aragorn was the one with the most varied knowledge– including healing, Gandalf had the supernatural power and knew dozens of the old passwords, etc; but they operated as a single unit.  Nine individual parts making up one whole.

So, personally, I don't think I can say one was any better than another.


Now, some people might argue that some members were definitely better than others.  They might say, "Well, but look at Boromir.  He tried to take the ring."  Yes, he did.  But, do you know what?  He realized his mistake and apologized for it.  And when he died, it wasn't because he had given in to the Ring's power and tried to take it.  No, he fell valiantly defending two young hobbits against an enemy they did not have the strength or training to take on themselves.  In the end, his weakness did not prevail.  The brotherhood of the Fellowship prevailed.

Therefore, I personally don't think any member of the Fellowship was better than any of the others.  Each had their strengths and their weaknesses.   Each used their unique strengths for the good of the Fellowship, and in the end, that is what made the Fellowship so strong.  The strength of that bond helped each one even when they had split up into the various groups after Boromir's death.

Now, if someone were to ask me who my favorite member of the fellowship is, after much hemming and hawing and protesting that I like them all, I would have to say Aragorn.



Ever since I was little, my favorite type of literary hero has been the crownless exile with his own unique sword who fights his way through the darkness to reclaim his kingdom and win his queen.  Aragorn fits that mold perfectly.

He had roved over most of Middle Earth, fought in the armies of Gondor and Rohan, spoke several languages, was a healer, skilled in the use of a dagger and a bow (not as good as Legolas of course, but still pretty good), and his swordsmanship is brilliant.  He is an excellent leader who exudes an air of quiet authority and leads by example- he doesn't ask his followers to go anywhere or do anything he himself won't.  He knew when to bide his time and wait, and when was the time for action.

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Miss Melody Muffin


  1. Boromir tends to get alot of criticism for trying to take the ring but something we need to keep in mind is (as stated in the book) that what happened to Boromir would have happened to everyone else given time.

  2. Good post Sister. I totally agree with you. There isn't one member that is better than the others. Does it say in the movie like it does in the book that there are to be nine members for the nine Nazgul?
    As for my favorite....Well I think that I will have to go with Frodo. They are all different and I like each of them in a in a different way. As for Boromir, I have always like him and still cry over his death.
    Yeah I kinda figured Aragorn would be yours. Lets see. How many of your favorite stories have a hero like that or a character like that in the them? I'll have to count them up some time. :)

  3. Love your answer to this one. That's partly why I skipped today's challenge; I couldn't think of which of the Fellowship was the best. Each one has his own unique role, and they all worked together. Kinda like Paul's example of the Church--many parts making up one Body, and none can function properly without the other.

    And thanks for the reminder about Boromir. I'd forgotten his heroic defense of Merry and Pippin. It tends to get buried under his obsession with the Ring...but Alexander has a point--it would have happened to anyone.

    God bless,
    ~"Tom Wild Rose"~

  4. Aragorn, in my opinion, is probably one of the greatest misunderstood heroes of all literary history. Most people just think him the handsome warrior who had a sweet elf wife. But no! He knew he was the heir to one of the largest kingdoms in Middle Earth, yet he chose to accompany Frodo to save the world. He could have claimed his throne, and ignored the plight of all else. He could have hidden away in Rivendell and refused to be king, which he wasn't entirely keen on having the crown anyway. And besides being a warrior, you're right... he's a healer, a Ranger, a friend, a protector, a guide, and so much more!

    Okay... I'll stop myself before I get too into my topic.


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