The one ring is able to corrupt its bearer by using its domination over the will of others. When Déagol finds the ring on Sméagol’s birthday, the ring uses its influence to corrupt him into murdering Déagol (52). When Gandalf tells Bilbo to let go of the ring, the influence the ring has is shown as Bilbo calls the ring his precious, and he puts his hand on the hilt of his sword in defiance of Gandalf (33-34). The ring has the power to dominate the will of all that are around it, and is itself its own character. Frodo arrives at the Prancing Pony, and he feels the desire to put on the ring and vanish, but when he chooses not to put on the ring it uses its power to try and reveal itself by slipping on Frodo’...
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...ring he is half in the Ringwraith’s realm, and if they had succeeded in destroying Frodo he would have become like them, only less powerful (216). Frodo can not only see the realm of evil, but by being touched by the ring he is able to see the blessed realm and Glorfindel in his purest form (217). Only the wisest most pure of heart have the power to see in between realms like we see with Gandalf being able to see Frodo as transparent (217). When Frodo puts on the ring, Bombadil is able to see him although he is wearing the ring, because the ring possesses no power over him as he is on a higher plain of existence than Sauron is (131). We all have the courage to face what is before us and sometimes all it takes is one person’s or one halfling’s courage to make it rise in the rest of us. We just have to believe and have the faith that some things are worth fighting for.
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