Why does Frodo have to fly solo without the others at the end of The Fellowship of the Ring? Especially Aragorn and Legolas both seem like incredible assassins/bodyguards and basically immune to the draw of the ring.

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Frodo saw the effect the ring had on Boromir (Sean Bean), and knew that eventually it would corrupt the rest of the Fellowship. No one is immune to the ring. Even, Gandalf and Galadriel refused to touch it. Frodo as a hobbit, is a bit resistant to the ring, but not completely impervious to it's influence. This is something that Lady Galadriel had foretold (emphasis mine).

Galadriel: It is what will come to pass, If you should fail. The Fellowship is breaking, it has already begun. He will try to take the Ring, you know of whom I speak. One by one, it will destroy them.

So Frodo knew that if he was to have a real chance at destroying the ring he would need to do this by himself and carry the burden alone. Of course Sam had other ideas.

Galadriel: You are a Ring-bearer, Frodo. To bear a Ring of Power is to be alone.

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    +1 This is basically it - No one is immune to the ring. Except maybe Tom Bombadil.
    – bobbyalex
    Commented May 20, 2013 at 7:43
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    For a little expansion in the books Bombadil is discussed and discarded because he'd probably just forget about it and lose it...
    – Liath
    Commented May 20, 2013 at 9:51

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