Function Order: Fi-Ne-Si-Te

“I will take the Ring. Though I do not know the way.”

Frodo Baggins

IFPs feel a need to be true to their feelings, and resist any outside influences that go against them. Frodo shows this in his willingness to take on the burden of the Ring, even though it is not his responsibility, while not allowing himself to share this burden with anyone else. He realizes midway through the quest that being with him is going to endanger everyone he cares about and cause them all to die. He intuitively senses he must be the one to take it to Mordor without them. He fully intends to do this, but Sam refuses to allow him to go into Mordor on his own. Frodo’s biggest blind spot comes from his blind acceptance of Gollum, which is a combination of over-identifying with him (knowing they have a shared desire for and corruption by the Ring, which makes him think that only Gollum can understand his own deep suffering) and his idealistic hope that he can save Gollum from the darkness. This might also suggest that he can save himself, and that they are not both damned in servitude to a dark object. Where Sam sees a threat, Frodo naively clings to his stubborn desire to redeem this “creature.” His independence from outside influence (a stubborn resistance to it, in favor of his own feelings) makes him vulnerable to Gollum’s manipulative influence. After his success, Frodo makes the hard decision to leave his friends based on what is best for him (to leave Middle-earth and find peace in Valinor), because he knows he is “fading away.” His conviction and belief that he can succeed against all odds leads him to accept the responsibility of carrying the Ring to Mordor. Frodo senses both the changes in the people around him and their implications – he knows Gandalf is more responsible for “events” in Middle-earth than he lets on, and can see through Boromir’s lies. His discernment dims the further he goes into Mordor, eventually replacing his instincts with negative fantasies. Frodo lets his imagination run away with him – such as when he believes the Fellowship blames him for Gandalf’s death. He also foresees and believes in his interpretations of the future –the quest will claim his life and “we’ll never see the Shire again, Sam.” He becomes very distressed when he can no longer remember the Shire, or what happiness felt like, because his being has been taken over by nothing but dust and bitterness.

Enneagram: 9w1 so/sp

Frodo is calm, detached, and good-natured. He prefers not to let anything disrupt his peaceful, tranquil life until Gandalf sends him to the Prancing Pony. His preferred method is to avoid conflict, so it upsets him when the Council starts to fight over the fate of the Ring – so much so, he volunteers to take it. Though sweet and kind, Frodo is also stubborn and set in his ways, continuing to indulge Gollum when Sam distrusts him. His 1 wing gives him a desire to do right and makes him severely dislike Sam’s meanness to Gollum (“Why do you have to call him names all the time?”) because it doesn’t show a “good character” in Sam. He wants to fit in, harmonize with the group, and serve its best interests, and is willing to surrender his life to this purpose. The more he travels into Mordor, the more he merges with Gollum and starts believing all his lies. Under stress, Frodo shifts into 6-like distrust and suspicion of others, becoming paranoid about their intentions – he fears Boromir may try and take the Ring, even before the Ring’s influence starts to corrupt his mind, and he accuses Sam of eating all the food and claiming that Gollum is responsible. This causes him to yell at Sam and tell him to go home without Frodo.