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Indiana Jones vs Frodo Baggins – No Brainer!

Clay at EduClaytion has a regular spot on his blog that finds a few movies that are associated by a common thread. He does a nifty write-up about them and then pits them against each other in a voting frenzy from his readers that ultimately declares one the best in that group.

This month, things are a little different. Think “Bruce Banner to Incredible Hulk”. Think “Dr Jekyl to Mr Hyde”. Think “Calm Homer Simpson to Angry Dad”. The usually interesting-but-calm event has exploded into a slobbering, raving, ADHD-infused behemoth!

“Dude, you’re ranting again. What’s the point?” I hear you say. Ok, sorry about that. The point is, I contributed and now I’m involved. Yes – I fed the animal.

In this initial phase of March Movie Madness, my pick “Raiders of The Lost Ark” is pitted against “The Lord of the Rings (LOTR): Fellowship of the Ring”. We’ve been asked to include a brief summary of why our pick should win the bracket it’s been entered into. Knowing that I can’t do that, I’ve taken Option B: post something on another site so it can be linked back to in support of your cause.

Allow me to bypass any Tolkien-esque rambling and get straight to the nitty gritty. Indy style.

Obviously, both movies have my respect. Being a fan of Tolkien I really think that Peter Jackson did a great job on the adaptation. There are a number of differences that set these movies apart from each other, but there are also similarities. I will focus on these (remembering that I am only debating against the first LOTR movie) and hopefully debate successfully that Indy trumps Frodo in every respect.


Indiana Jones

Frodo Baggins

General adventuring skills
  • Common sense by the bucket load
  • Great knowledge of ancient lore
  • Charismatic
  • Resilient
  • Dextrous
  • Culturally aware
  • Excellent ability with whips, pistols, bazookas and brawling
  • Can drive cars, trucks and fly planes (I didn’t say he could land them.)
  • Can walk in bare feet
  • Can stomp out fires with bare feet
Previous experience Has studied history and the World, has been on previous adventures. Has never left The Shire.
Preparedness for adventure Indy’s rarely far from his pistol, whip and some form of transport.
He carries a satchel which isn’t overly cumbersome and wears clothes that are protective but also offer freedom of movement.
Having studied for years, Indy knows exactly what he’s getting into before he ever leaves his home.
Even though he yearns for adventure, Frodo has no clue about what to do.
He packs a loaf of bread and some cheese, a light cloak and heads off without any shoes.
He doesn’t even understand the magnitude of his adventure.
Companions Marion Ravenwood – Owner of a bar in Nepal, Marion is self-reliant and a little mercenary, only joining the adventure for the money (at least, at the start…)
Sallah – An Egyptian contractor, friend of Indy’s and procreator extraordinaire, Sallah is able to muster up teams of workers and has contacts throughout Northern Africa. Quite handy!
Gandalf The Grey – Big shot Wizard who discovers that the ring Frodo has been given is actually The One Ring. Neglects telling Frodo this. Instead, he just tells Frodo to meet him at the pub.
Samwise Gamgee – Gardner and Frodo’s friend. Also, his pack mule by the look of things and slightly more prepared for travels than Frodo. Still no shoes though.
Merry & Pippin – Two more hobbits who join Frodo & Sam purely to avoid being held accountable for their thievery of vegetables. They excel at all the required adventuring skills – stealing, drinking and drawing unwanted attention. No shoes.
Strider – A mysterious ranger who doesn’t talk much but is always expecting trouble and wearing shoes. Good with a sword though, and able to find food for the constantly ravenous Hobbits.
Legolas & Gimli – An Elf & Dwarf who form a friendship despite the general dislike that exists between their races.
Boromir – Son of the Steward (King) of Gondor and misguided in his hope to use The One Ring for good.
Nemeses Belloq – A French archaeologist and mercenary who wants to take the hero’s shinies.
The Nazis – A big army of nasties led by a power-hungry malevolent being who wants to rule the World.
Gollum/Smeagol – A creature once twisted by The One Ring who eats raw fish, hates sunshine and elongates his S’es. Wants to take the hero’s shiny.
Sauron & the forces of Mordor – A big army of nasties led by a power-hungry malevolent being who wants to rule the World.
Ability to cope when the trouble starts Rarely caught off-guard, Indy is generally the one taking the initiative and coming out on top.
Even when he’s horrendously outnumbered, Indy’s got a plan or is at least prepared to face everyone down – with or without a bazooka.
No beating has ever kept Indy from getting the job done.
Frodo can barely even hold a sword.
As soon as things get real, he slips the ring on his finger and leaves his buddies to face whatever foe there is – even if it’s just a random foot tripping him in the pub.
However, this only causes more trouble and eventually Frodo gets stabbed for his cowardice and very nearly dies.
Achieves Results Indubitably. Indy rescues the Ark AND the girl.
Job done, all in under 2 hours.
He even has time to get home and shower.
Walks for ages and ages through fields, forests, caves and mountains but really doesn’t achieve much.
After almost 3 hours of him constantly on the verge of tears, he ditches his friends and continues walking with only Sam keeping him company.

I could certainly go on, but I think I’ve made my point. So head on over to EduClaytion and have some fun! Check out the other match-ups and vote as you like; there are some great face-offs in this one!


13 responses to “Indiana Jones vs Frodo Baggins – No Brainer!

  1. Chase McFadden March 17, 2011 at 6:35 am

    I like how you laid it out in a table. Nice touch. The shoes thing really seals the deal.

    • OpentoAdventure March 17, 2011 at 9:39 am

      Thanks Chase, I appreciate you checking out my prespective.

      I was never comfortable with the blatant “no shoes” policy of the Hobbits. I get theat their feet are tough, but for a race that pretty much never goes anywhere, what’s the point of having indestructible feet?

      I didn’t notice any of them clumsily dropping hammers on their feet or doing other such nonsense and it’s not like they live in an area where the ground is nothing but jagged rock…

      Wow, maybe this requires further consideration. So much is going through my mind about how Hobbits don’t need massive, indestructible feet right now!

  2. Tamara March 17, 2011 at 2:29 am

    Argh. I’ve been torn between the Fellowship and Raiders, and your terribly amusing chart is only making things worse. Hmm…

    • OpentoAdventure March 17, 2011 at 9:35 am

      I’ll be happy knowing that, at the very least, this post has amused readers.

      It’s a tough draw being up against LotR, thanks for popping in and checking out my case for Raiders!

  3. jlheuer March 17, 2011 at 12:20 am

    A worthy foe! But let us not forget that we are arguing the movie and not the character. I love Indiana Jones ROTLA, but for story and characters, its Fellowship. Of course you have Harrison (Indy) but we have Aragorn (Viggo).

    • OpentoAdventure March 17, 2011 at 9:30 am

      Definitely, as I re-read the post I see that I have focussed on the main characters rather than the overall movie. That wasn’t my intention.

      Your defense of LotR: Fellowship is great; it will be a great contest!

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  5. Keenie Beanie March 16, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    You had me at Indy, but this write up is fantastic! I wanted to like LOTR, thinking I was somehow deficient when I literally STRUGGLED through each of the movies. When it comes down to it for me, the LOTR film trilogy really only has Orlando Bloom going for them… and a slightly strange blond Orlando at that. Love, love, love the breakdown on Indy vs. Frodo – really well done.

    • OpentoAdventure March 16, 2011 at 2:31 pm

      Thanks KB, you weren’t deficient at all. I think the trilogy was great, the special effects, the imagery and the epic battles were thoroughly enjoyable. By the time Return of the King rolled around though, I was well and truly over the simpering visage of Frodo!

  6. Captain Obvious March 14, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Started out thinkin the LOtR was a no brainer…. and through your cleverness and witty persuasion I am now questioning myself. Congratulations! Doesnt happen often. Youve won a NEW CAR a new subscriber! (minus the car;)

    • OpentoAdventure March 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm

      Thanks Captain, I’m always happy to welcome new supporters!

      Admittedly, you do need to listen to your heart when it comes to the important things. In this case, every heart should be saying “Raiders of the Lost Ark”!

      Thanks for subscribing and for mentioning a new car that I will never have! You are too kind.

  7. educlaytion March 14, 2011 at 11:41 am

    This is phenomenal. Thanks for feeding the animal 😉 I love the setup.

    Quick note: The voting begins early Tuesday morning (American time). I will have the head to head polls up with each contestant’s pitch and links to posts like this terrific one right here!

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