A Fresh Eye on the Fellowship: Chapter 3 - Looking at LOTR from a different point of view


I smell something...
The title of this chapter, "Three’s Company," couldn’t be more appropriate than to justify my belief in Tolkien’s purposeful use of the number three. Okay, the obvious being that there are three Hobbits on the road, but it is other occurrences of this number that really threw me when I realized they were there.

An example of this is that the party had three encounters on the road, two with a Nazgul and one with Gildor and the Elves. And a not so obvious one is that they have been on the road for three days since Frodo was expecting Gandalf.

But the one that threw me was the number of occurrences of the number three involving the history of the Ring. Even in the Silmarillion, there were three royal houses of Elves: Fingolfin, Finrod, and Finarfin (Please correct me if I’m wrong). The three Rings for the Elven-Kings which the Dark Lord cannot find. Three of the seven Dwarven Rings that the Dark Lord has found. The nine (3x3) Rings for Men. And also if my memory serves me correctly, weren’t there nine (3x3) members of the Fellowship. As far as I can remember there were Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, Gimili, Legloas, Aragorn, Boromir, and Gandalf.

I may be going overboard on this whole issue of the number three, but it seems to occur very often. I don’t know if someone else found out about this as well, and if they did, good eye.

Just some food for thought,
James

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