I came across the most splendid metaphor
About alternative facts.
Through history, there comes a way for men
By their various moral presumptions
To assume a new, alternative fact.
Looking through the internet
I saw one call Sam from the Lord of the Rings
The true hero of the story.
A clever thought crossed through my mind.
What if the Hobbits and Middle Earth
After several decades of striving
Decided that their culture wasn’t right
And decided to now make Samwise
The lauded hero of the War of the Rings.
We are kin to do it, are we not?
It makes sense.
Sam was not crazy.
Sam technically carried the burden to the point
Where it was destroyed.
Gollum technically destroyed the ring
In his lust for it,
By biting off Frodo’s fingers.
But, Sam, also, nurtured Frodo
Through various battlegrounds
Where the Shell Shock
And the corrupting influence of the Ring of Power
Tore Frodo’s mind to shreds.
Sam now is lauded the Hero
For Frodo’s disturbed mental state.
And nasty and vicious rumors appear
About how Frodo beat Sam
On the flight of stairs of Cirith Ungol
Leading to the realm of Mordor,
Accused Sam of stealing the ring,
And with all intents and purposes
Desired the ring’s power.
Of course, it would be tempting for future
Human civilizations to laud Sam instead of Frodo.
However, Frodo carried the worst burden.
A metaphor for Tolkien’s own battles with PTSD.
After serving in World War I,
Tolkien had to carry the moral burden
Of communicating the evil of what he saw
And the meaning of the War of the Ring.
WWI was the War of the Ring.
And Frodo carried the burden of its meaning.
This is why Sam is not the true hero.