What is heroism, according to Tolkien? At one point, Sam jokes that perhaps one day, people will make songs about his quest with Frodo, and I think it's fair to say that the adventures of the heroes we meet in The Lord of the Rings measure up to the exploits of the heroes in The Silmarillion. The heroes themselves, though, are different. For this blog post, I'd like you to reflect on the nature of heroism in The Lord of the Rings and try to develop a coherent theory of what a hero is, at the end of the Third Age and the beginning of the dominion of men. If you could characterize the heroes of the Lord of the Rings as a group, what single characteristic stands out the most? Who are we supposed to look up to? What are we asked to value? And how do we know someone is a hero?