What Are They Reading? Frodo Edition
When I enter someone’s home and I see a shelf of books, like a moth to a flame, I am drawn towards it. I must know what people have read – what their tastes are. It is a constant curiosity I have when it comes to a book. Just like a cat is unable to stop itself from pouncing on a mouse or chittering at a bird, I am unable to not peruse the titles of someone’s personal library.
In fact I’ve gone to great lengths to see what people are reading – you can read about it at an older post: On Being a Book Ninja
So it wouldn’t surprise you to know that once in awhile, I imagine what books a fictional character might read (this is after I’ve thought about cats and ways to save the world – my life isn’t just about books you know).
I started a new feature on this blog called What Are they Reading and began it with Gandalf.
But now I want to know what Frodo is reading.
As a reader, you don’t go on a long quest without a good book or two or five. We know Frodo carried at least one book with him on his mission (I’m going off the movie – not the book on this one) so what kinds of books would he be carrying on him?
*On a funny note – look up Mordor on Wikitravel
I can clearly picture this book in Frodo’s bag. He himself is so much like Alice – down a rabbit hole, faced with challenge, obstacles, darkness – heading towards a destination (following the rabbit). Meeting new friends, going on a grand adventure. I imagine this is one of Frodo’s favourites.Book Summary: We all know what adventure Alice goes on and if you don’t – are you even from this planet?
Okay, so maybe not that many Hobbits care about their height but they certainly face more obstacles in Middle-earth than any other species because of it. Frodo had some confidence issues to work on in the beginning of his journey so it’s no surprise that a book based on how size doesn’t matter would have helped him out some.Book summary: When veteran journalist John Schwartz took a close look at famous height studies, he made a surprising discovery: being short doesn’t have to be a disadvantage! Part advice book, part memoir, and part science primer, this fascinating book explores the marketing, psychology, and mythology behind our obsession with height and delivers a reassuring message to kids of all types that they can walk tall—whatever it is that makes them different.
This speaks for itself. Frodo and Sam are going out into the unknown – you think Frodo is going unprepared? He’s been in the Shire his whole life – you don’t just go out into the wilderness on an adventure without some survival tips.Book Summary: A comprehensive, well-organized, and user-friendly guide to staying alive in the back country. With concise explanations and detailed illustrations, survival expert Gregory Davenport covers the five basic elements of survival–personal protection, signaling, finding food and water, travel, and health–providing the reader with complete information on how to stay calm and alive until rescue arrives.
One thing that seemed clear about Frodo, was his open mind. He has a healthy curiosity and a longing to know more than just the Shire. So I think Frodo would want to know the origins of Middle-earth – from a more modern human perspective.Book Summary:
Posted on April 6, 2014, in What are They Reading? and tagged alice's adventures in wonderland, books, frodo, lord of the rings, middle-earth, mordor, what are they reading, wilderness survival. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.