It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door…You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.
Riv Res said: Bruce, I would agree with your premise and it follows Tolkien's line of reasoning as well. One of my favorites passages spoken by Gandalf from the chapter The Last Debate, in The lord of the Rings...
'Other evils there are that may come; for Sauron is himself but a servant or emissary.'
I find your notion of the evil of Sauron...from the molton rock of Mount Doom (wherein resides the essence of the destroyed Ring) is now embodied in the beautiful and tempting gold deposits in the East...fascinating. Always there to tempt and to lure and to ensnare.
For Frodo the Halfling, it is said, at the bidding of Mithrandir took on himself the burden, and alone with his servant he passed through peril and darkness and came at last in Sauron's despite even to Mount Doom; and there into the Fire where it was wrought he case the Great Ring of Power, and so at last it was unmade and its evil consumed.
But Morgoth himself the Valar thrust through the Door of Night beyond the Walls of the World, into the Timeless Void; and a guard is set for ever on those walls, and Earendil keeps watch upon the ramparts of the sky. Yet the lies that Melkor, the mighty and accursed, Morgoth Bauglir, the Power of Terror and of Hate, sowed in the hearts of Elves and Men are a seed that does not die and cannot be destroyed; and ever and anon it sprouts anew, and will bear dark fruit even unto the latest days.
Here ends the SILMARILLION. If it has passed from the high and the beautiful to darkness and ruin, that was of old the fate of Arda Marred; and if any change shall come and the Marring be amended, Manwe and Varda may know; but they have not revealed it, and it is not declared in the dooms of Mandos.
Mighty are the Ainur, and mightiest among them is Melkor; but that he may know, and all the Ainur, that I am Iluvatar, those things that ye have sung, I will show them forth, that ye may see what ye have done. And thou, Melkor, shalt see that no theme may be played that hath not its uttermost source in me, nor can any alter the music in my despite. For he that attempteth this shall prove but mine instrument in the devising of things more wonderful, which he himself hath not imagined.
Other evils there are that may come; for Sauron is himself but a servant or emissary. Yet it is not our part to master all th etides of the world, but to do what is in use fo the succour of those years where in we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.
Lindariel wrote:I found the Gandalf quote you refer to Leggy. It occurs in the chapter entitled "The Last Debate:"Other evils there are that may come; for Sauron is himself but a servant or emissary. Yet it is not our part to master all th etides of the world, but to do what is in use fo the succour of those years where in we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.
Hmmm . . . very reminiscent of, "So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."
Each age has its own sorrows and challenges . . .
bruce rerek wrote:It is a very important fact to remember that each generation must face its peril and know that if one tries to alter this fact for the future, it may well prove to be an aid to evil. The most direct way of knowing this is to be a parent. One prepares a young soul to be independent and responsible, their choices are theirs once they mature.
The new story would also have to deal with a Middle-earth in which elves had, for all practical purposes, disappeared. So what will the Age of Men look like?