Parenting Themes in the movie "The Fellowiship of The Ring"

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In 2002, Peter Jackson directed the extended version of the movie "The Fellowship of the Ring". In this movie, he portrayed Aragorn, Gandalf and Frodo's both parents and children at various times. He showed how good parenting can act as a catalyst and allow the child to grow to his full potential. He also showed that bad parenting can be a barrier to all those things. The achievement of a child's full potential often depends on parenting.

Aragorn son of Arathorn, acts as both a parent and a child. He acts as a parent to both Frodo and Boromir. We first see this when the fellowship is making its way to Moria. Because they were on the mountain, in the middle of a strong snowstorm, the wind and ice cause Frodo to loose his balance. At this point, we see Aragorn grab Frodo and hold him in order to protect him, just as a father would do for his son.

He also acts as a father to Frodo when Boromir gets a hold of the ring, which fell off Frodo's neck. When Boromir gets the ring, his expression changes and instantly Aragorn sees there is danger. He knows that Boromir wants the ring for himself. Just like a parent would, Aragorn orders Boromir to give Frodo what belongs to him. "Boromir, give the ring to Frodo!" This sounds like a parent protecting his child in a playground. He completely trusts Frodo and knows he can do no harm, just like a parent would trust their child. At this point Aragorn draws his sword and is ready to fight in order to protect Frodo and retrieve what belongs to him. He does not want the ring for himself; he only wants it for Frodo. This shows he is willing...