I think the problem is that Frodo doesn’t enter the story with any personal baggage (afaik). His personal problems pretty much start with him getting the ring and becoming the one who has to carry the ring.
I mostly think that he’s Situation from the other throughlines. The Frodo-Gollum relationship is clearly internal. Gollum’s impact on Frodo I’m pretty sure has less to do with his appearance, but more so his obsession with the ring. So as I see it, Objective Story and Frodo are external, Relationship Story and Gollum are internal. I think that their relationship is in Manipulations because they both manipulate each other and Frodo’s insistence on calling him Sméagol seems to indicate manipulations as well, as if he’s trying to change Gollum’s nature back to his old self.
You could argue that the objective story is about getting Middle-Earth ‘unstuck’ from Sauron’s rule… but considering how his rule existed long before the story… It’s finding the ring, the nazgul chasing the ring(-bearer), journeying to destroy the ring, creating Uruk-hai, and so on, that causes problems. I think that the overall story throughline is an external process. I’m sure that Frodo’s throughline is static, although I could see why someone would argue for Fixed Attitude rather than Situation.
Do you have any suggestions? Would you agree that Frodo is a Do-er, and if not, how is he a Be-er?
@keypayton Yeah, Optionlock is pretty clear, but I think that the non-existance of a timelimit isn’t enough to ‘prove’ it to be optionlock. It’s an example of the journey story though, the story has to climax once they reach mount doom.
One example of deliberation would the gathering of the fellowship… but after that, most every shift happens because of actions. Gandalf’s death, Boromir’s death (or the attacking Uru-Khai), and finally the destruction of the ring.