I’ve stopped keeping count of the times people have told me that Samwise Gamgee is the true hero of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and that Frodo is weak and a whiner. It’s mostly the people who have only seen the Peter Jackson movies – which I love – but there were some book readers as well. And you know what? That makes me mad. Very mad. That’s why I’m writing this defence of the hobbit known as Frodo Baggins.
In a world inhabited by the Avatars, blue-haired men and women who live like they are gods, and the races they’ve enslaved, all is not well. After a huge natural disaster, much of the world is now covered in ice and the longevity crystals of the Avatars are slowly dying. Their powers sources almost spent, their status as gods is threatened. They are losing their grip on the tribes and the Vagars – who are secretly planning a rebellion – and an even greater enemy is due to arrive. The Almecs. The crystal-joined warriors. The butchers of thousands, all to feed their Crystal Queen. The days of the Avatars are over. Continue reading