Write a carefully organized, double-spaced essay of two to
three pages in which you discuss the following topic. Be specific, and be sure that
you are using evidence from the story to illustrate the points you want to
make. Do not simply summarize the story. Be sure that your essay has a clear
thesis in the opening paragraph and that it uses specific details from the
texts to support the points you make. Refer to the information in the Rubric on
the Syllabus page and the grading criteria for guidance
in developing your essay.
By the end of Book I, it is clear that the Black Riders possess
a great deal of power and that Frodo and his companions will find it very
difficult to travel even as far as Rivendell. At the same time, they did manage
to reach Bree despite the Black Riders’ attempts to locate and capture them.
Analyze Frodo’s opposition in Book I. First, outline what
strengths the Black Riders seem to have, then explain the causes of their
failure to capture Frodo. Be specific, and do not simply summarize the story.
Consider the physical attributes that the Black Riders have (or don’t have) and
the character of the people they encounter.