In the “Lord of the Rings” saga, Frodo keeps the Ring hidden for many years before he begins his journey. But for how long exactly?
In the literary trilogy of Lord of the Rings, Bilbo, before retiring to the Elves, leaves as an inheritance to his nephew Frodo his Hobbit hole and … a Ring, which he found in the lair of a certain Gollum. This Ring, Frodo will keep it at home for many years until Gandalf warns him of the danger it represents. But how long does Frodo hide it until his departure from Cul-de-Sac?
In the feature film The Fellowship of the Ring, no time seems to pass between Bilbo’s departure and Frodo’s. An alteration of time, and therefore an impression of continuity, undoubtedly wanted by Peter Jackson to give the first cinematographic part of his saga a better dramatic effectiveness.
In contrast, in JRR Tolkien’s book, it is clearly stated that Frodo, on Gandalf’s advice, concealed the Ring for 17 years, from 3001 to 3018. It was in 3018 that the Hobbit learned from the mouth of the magician that it is the One Ring, forged by Sauron, and that the latter’s servants are on their way to recover it. Frodo will then undertake a journey to Mordor and Mount Doom, the only place where the Ring can be destroyed.
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