As I began to think about this part of the story a beautiful line from a French poem came to mind. Sam offers to help Frodo to carry the Ring and this rouses what energy remains within him but the fact remains that the task of bearing the Ring is increasingly beyond his strength. And so Sam suggests that they lighten their load. Some of the items are easy to dispose of. Frodo gladly casts away his disguise of orc shield, helmet and sword. Not a nakedness as a kind of liberation, that sees clothing as a kind of imprisonment but a nakedness that means that there is no protection, even the illusory protection of clothes, that lies between Frodo and destruction and there is no protection that lies between Frodo and shame. In the fourth century, after the Emperor Constantine had declared Christianity to be the official religion of the Roman Empire, the newly built churches were filled with people who were there in order to further their careers. It was Bishop Cyril of Jerusalem, one of great spiritual geniuses of his age, who addressed this by creating the idea of Lent, a 40 day period of fasting, prayer, instruction and discipline for the many who were preparing for baptism. Baptism had once been a courageous thing to do in a world hostile to the Christian faith but it was now required behaviour for all. At the end of Lent those who were to be baptised presented themselves in a darkened church and they removed all their clothing, becoming naked in the dark, before descending into the water.
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First, she takes on one of the starkest differences between the book and the film: the extent to which Frodo is stripped of his garments. In the original version by Tolkien, Frodo is utterly nude. Instead, the torture is more psychological — and heaven knows that sometimes psychological torment is just as effective if not even more so as physical torment. Those three small words are a startling contrast to the abuse Frodo has undergone at this point in the book. She also notes that the film adaptation by Peter Jackson, on the other hand, tells a different story.
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