Frodo deserved all honour because he spent every drop of his power of his will and body, and that was just sufficient to bring him to the destined point and no further. Few others, possibly no others of his time, would have got so far. The Other Power then took over: the Writer of the Story (by which I do not mean myself), â€˜that one ever-present Person who is never absent and never namedâ€™. A third (the only other) commentator on the point some months ago reviled Frodo as a scoundrel (who should have been hung and not honoured), and me too. It seems sad and strange that, in this evil time when daily people of good will are tortured, â€˜brain-washedâ€™ and broken, anyone could be so fiercely simpleminded and self-righteous.
Letter 192, The Letters of JRR Tolkien
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