Frodo Baggins: the hobbit who, against all the odds, manages to destroy the One Ring. Sometimes we laugh at him and his questionable decisions, but in the end, he’s still the hairy-footed hero of Middle Earth. His journey from the Shire to Mount Doom, while inspiring, left him with a hell of a lot of phobias that we definitely don’t envy.
Isolophobia | Fear of Solitude or Being Alone – Everything starts out just fine for Frodo when the Fellowship agrees to accompany him to destroy the Ring at Mount Doom. But by the Two Towers, it’s up to Frodo and Sam to make it on their own. Frodo means well, but he wouldn’t have a snowball’s chance without Sam. Left to his own devices, Frodo knows he would have died a long time ago.
Spectrophobia | Fear of Specters or Ghosts – Goddamn Ringwraiths. Frodo, of course, knew how terrifying they were, but it wasn’t until he actually ended up on the receiving end of one of their blades that he developed spectrophobia.
Mythophobia | Fear of Myths or Stories or False Statements – Frodo grew up loving the old stories of Middle Earth, his uncle Bilbo told him. These narratives went from quaint bedtime tales to terror-inducing nightmares once Frodo took on the responsibility of the Ring.
Dextrophobia | Fear of Objects at the Right Side of the Body – Once you get your finger bitten off by a perverse little creature who’s obsessed with the super evil ring you’ve been wearing on that hand, you might have a chance of developing dextrophobia.
Leprophobia or Lepraphobia | Fear of Leprosy – Frodo’s already lost one finger. We imagine he’d be terrified to lose more.
Thermophobia | Fear of Heat – Have you ever stared straight into a volcano? Frodo has. Hot summer days probably remind him of the not-so-pleasant experience of almost being melted into hobbit soup.
Bathophobia | Fear of Depth – Frodo has a bad track record with caves and water. He’s fallen face-first into the Dead Marshes and watched his mentor get dragged into a deep crevice by Balrog. We wouldn’t be surprised to see him develop bathophobia.
Arachnophobia | Fear of Spiders – When he and Sam are traveling through Minas Morgul, Shelob captures Frodo and winds him up in her web for a delicious, hobbit-sized snack. We’d probably run from even the tiniest spiders after that.
Opthalmophobia | Fear of Being Watched –Frodo and Sam are constantly hiding from the Eye of Sauron’s gaze because, well, it’s not easy to escape the baddest villain ever. It probably leaves Frodo looking over his shoulder every two seconds even after he comes out of Mordor alive.
Tyrannophobia | Fear of Tyrants – The engraving on the One Ring is terrifying enough. One ring to rule them all? Frodo ain’t havin’ it. He’s so afraid of tyrants that he boldly offers to take the ring to Mordor himself. Interestingly, from one of his greatest fears comes one of his greatest strengths.
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