Topic: "Whither Frodo?"
There is a scene in the latter of the trilogy in which Frodo and Sam are joined by Merry and Pippin in a pub, back home in the Shire. Amid the celebration, the eyes of these members of the Fellowship meet, one-after-the-other, and, just as quickly, are followed by conscious efforts to avoid contact. Perhaps it is the moment when they realize that they have confronted the greatest struggle of their lives, and now must part. It could, of course, contain the simple understanding that change has, indeed, at last, come, and that it will make everything different.
Frodo, in the chronicle, works tirelessly to complete that which was begun by Bilbo. Frodo knows that his time grows short, that his wounds are deep and that life must go on in the Shire. He is being called home. The stories, he knows, will now always be of things that have already occurred.
The tone, the inflection, in fact the very definition of Frodo must necessarily change now that the Ring has been destroyed. Sauron will soon be returned to the coffin known as Texas. All trace of his followers and his surrogates will be removed from monuments, memorials, public buildings, and libraries. Soon there will be little short of dyspepsia which will even bring a reminder of this evil time to the mind of Man, or Hobbit.
Frodo's journey is far from over, but it will certainly be different. You are welcome, dear reader, to stay on board. If you choose otherwise, then Hail, Farewell, and Thank You for your service. Lord Aragorn is restored to the throne, and Middle Earth will long remember his words:
"Yes we can."