FAQ / Did Frodo become immortal when he sailed into the West
No, he would eventually die of his own free will.
|Frodo was sent or allowed to pass over Sea to heal him - if that could be done, before he died. He would have eventually to 'pass
away': no mortal could, or can, abide for ever on earth, or within Time. So he went both to a purgatory and to a reward, for a while: a
period of reflection and peace and a gaining of a truer understanding of his position in littleness and in greatness, spent still in Time amid
the natural beauty of 'Arda Unmarred', the Earth unspoiled by evil.|
|... the mythical idea underlying is that for mortals, since their 'kind' can not be changed for ever, this is strictly only a temporary reward: a healing and redress of suffering. They cannot abide for ever, and though they cannot return to mortal earth, they can and will 'die' - of
free will, and leave the world. |