I found it interesting that our discussion in class lead Lord of the Rings (the films) to be a prime example of the hero’s journey. Frodo is called to duty by Gandalf, he crosses a threshold into the unknown, he comes to the brink of death after the ring is destroyed and comes home “a man” with new knowledge of the world. The ring itself can even be called Frodo’s temptress and a most powerful one at that.
When the question of whether or not supporting characters could experience the hero’s journey, I realized that all the supporting characters seem to go through this journey. Sam takes the exact same path as Frodo, and while “the temptress” (the ring) is not with him for long, we can see it briefly distracts him. Sam, like Frodo, also returns home a man and finally has the courage to propose to Rosie.
Gandalf is also called to duty by the appearance of the ring and is crossing into the unknown just be dealing with it. His fall into the abyss and transformation is probably the most epic of all the characters as he is reborn as wiser, more powerful being.
Aragorn, after his fall from the cliff, learns of his true calling and begins to accept his title as a ruler.
Lastly, the topic of a woman being the hero came into discussion and whether or not her journey is the same as the man’s. I think the character Eowyn is an interesting character to bring up. She initiates her own quest when she insist on fighting for her people. She crosses the threshold when she enters battle with her companion Sam and reaches the Abyss when fights the witch-king. Because Eowyn is a female, her temptress is male and I think that could be the role that Aragorn takes because he tries to prevent her from battle and therefore her quest. He wants her to stay with the women and children. When Eown defeats the witch-king, she accepts that she is in fact a woman but can be just as powerful as a man. She gains genuine self-confidence.