When it comes to big heroes in small packages I will take Willow Ufgood over Frodo Baggins every time. For those of you who don't know who he is, shame on you, but that's what this post will be all about.
Willow a Nelwyn farmer, husband, and father who has dreams of being a great sorcerer. The only problem for him, is that he's scared. He's scared to fail and that fear keeps him from achieving his dreams and puts him in danger of losing his family farm. So what is a scared Nelwyn to do when his children find a Daikini (human) baby one the the river bank? His first reaction is to push the baby back in and let her float down the river to cause someone else problems. However fate, and his wife, step in and changes the course of his life forever.
That little baby is actually Elora Danan, the girl of the prophecy who is destined to defeat the evil Queen Bavmorda and when Bavmorda's forces arrive in the village looking for the baby, Willow is forced to flee the village and give Elora to the first adult Daikini he sees. Lucky for him that Daikini is Madmartigan, who agrees to take the baby in exchange for letting him out of a cage. Not so lucky for him, two brownies steal the baby from Madmartigan which forces Willow to hunt for the baby once again.
His journey to protect Elora Danan is one filled with wonder and new friends who help him along his way. But more than that, his journey is one of self discovery and coming into his own. By facing his fears head on, Willow is able to save the day, but more importantly he finds the courage to be himself and go for his dreams. When he returns to his village, he comes as a new man. A man who is able to hold his head up high, provide for his family, and not be scared of failure ever again.