'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power': Why was Frodo Baggins sent to the undying lands of Valinor?

During the premiere, we see Galadriel being sent to the undying lands, but there was one more character who made his way there during 'LOTR' trilogy

'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power': Why was Frodo Baggins sent to the undying lands of Valinor?
Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins in 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' (New Line Cinema)
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Amazon’s ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ begins with Galadriel embarking on a journey to find the dark lord, Sauron. Although there’s peace in Middle Earth after the alliance of Men and Elves defeated the mighty Morgoth in the War of Wrath, Galadriel believes that Sauron will return to wreak havoc in the region. However, she was unable to find the antagonist and returned to the kingdom. She received an extraordinary reception and was honored by the High King.

To end her pursuit, Gil-Galad (Benjamin Walker), the High King, sends her and her group to the undying lands. Does that sound familiar to you? If you have seen ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movies, you’ll realize that several characters made their way to the undying lands after they sacrificed almost all their lives to protect middle earth. Even one of the most important characters of the Middle Earth saga was also given the honor to visit the undying lands known as Valinor.

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Morfydd Clark as Galadriel in 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' (Amazon Studios)
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Let’s take a look at who was sent to Valinor at the end of ‘Lord of the Rings’ and why.

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Was Frodo sent to Valinor as well?

Peter Jackson’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ ended with Frodo destroying the One Ring by throwing it inside a volcano and showing the world not everyone craves power and domination. The nerve-wracking journey taken by Frodo and Samwise Gamgee through Middle Earth takes them to Mount Doom, which represents the endpoint of Frodo’s quest to destroy the ring. As soon as the ring was thrown into the volcano, it marked the end of Sauron’s terror and finally, the days of peace were upon Middle Earth.

The journey saw them fighting so many enemies and getting manipulated by Gollum who wanted the ring for himself. As soon as Frodo reached the mountain and was attacked by Gollum, who survived the fall. There, he succumbs to the Ring's power, putting it on his finger, but Gollum manages to bite off his finger and reclaim it. As they fight for the ring, they fall off the ledge, but Frodo manages to cling on. He understands that the ring should be destroyed. Sam saves Frodo and brings him up. However, the ring and Gollum fall into the mountain of doom. Gollum dies while the One Ring disintegrates in the lava. Mount Doom erupts as Sauron meets his demise, while Aragorn's army emerges victorious as its enemies flee.

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Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) with the One Ring on Mount Doom in 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' (MGM Pictures)
Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) with the One Ring on Mount Doom in 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' (New Line Cinema)

 

A few years later, Frodo who is still suffering inside and outside, departs Middle-earth for the Undying Lands with his uncle Bilbo, Gandalf, and the Elves.

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What happens to Frodo in the Undying Lands?

As he was experiencing pain from the injuries he endured during the journey to Mount Doom, it was inevitable that Frodo needed to relax and that’s why everyone decided to honor him with a trip to Valinor. Although not much is written about Frodo’s time there, we assume that he got what he deserved: a life without any tension and pain.

Why does Frodo leave Middle Earth?

Frodo is not feeling alright while living in the Shire after what he endured. He is in pain and is unable to sleep. The elves offer him a reward for his bravery and as ring bearer and sent him to the undying lands of Valinor so that he can finally be at peace. The decision to take Frodo to Valinor was taken after Arwen refused to go to the undying lands and decided to marry Aragorn.

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A still of last Elven ship leaving for Valinor (New Line Cinema)
A still of last Elven ship leaving for Valinor (New Line Cinema)

 

Later, after the death of Aragorn, Legolas the Elf would sail to Valinor and bring with him Gimli the Dwarf.

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'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' returns to Amazon Prime Video with a new episode every Friday at 12 am EST. 

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