• Pattern-chaser
    655
    What ideas presented in the novel seem most relevant to you, both personally and regarding any current world situations that may be applicable?0 thru 9

    Have you ever seen Sauron and Trump together in the same room? Saruman and Boris Johnson?

    That's what I call 'relevant'. :wink:
  • Aleksander Kvam
    213
    I have to clarify first, that I have not read the books, just watched the movies. and to be honest, I never really cared about drawing a connection between ower world to middle earth, but on the top of my mind, selfish desires, perhaps? thats concidered evil right?
  • Aleksander Kvam
    213
    What ideas presented in the novel seem most relevant to you, both personally and regarding any current world situations that may be applicable?0 thru 9

    I really enjoyed that in many ways, the hobbits were the true saviours in their world, even if their not warriors or have a significant role in middle earththey had their good nature and their innocent and pure way of life. its somewhat inspiering to me.
  • Aleksander Kvam
    213
    But dont pay me much mind about it...as I said, I have just watched the movies and not the more in-depth writings in the books. Still I wouldnt mind knowing if I have a point or if im complete lost ? :joke:
  • Bitter Crank
    6.8k
    The One Ring was made to rule over the other rings of (lesser) power, to enslave the wearers. All of Sauron's rings were evil. (Sauron didn't make the sapphire, diamond, or ruby gem stone rings.)

    The One Ring gives power according to the strength of the bearer. Gandalf, Saruman, Elrond, and Lady Galadriel would have gained great power from the One Ring -- Smeagol, Bilbo, Frodo, Sam, were made invisible; Frodo could see things otherwise not visible, but being a person of no-power could not take much power from the Ring. Men were somewhere in between Frodo and Gandalf.

    The One Ring is a seductive invitation to challenge Sauron for power. Alas, the Ring is also corrupting. Gandalf is powerful, and perhaps could defeat Sauron if he possessed the Ring. Perhaps the same could be said for Lady Galadriel, Elrond, or Cirdan. But no one in Middle Earth is immune to the evil inherent in the One Ring, and Gandalf, Cirdan, or Lady Galadriel would have become evil in victory.

    Why was it Frodo's task to destroy the One Ring? According to Gandalf, Frodo was fated to have that task.
  • 0 thru 9
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    The One Ring is a seductive invitation to challenge Sauron for power. Alas, the Ring is also corrupting. Gandalf is powerful, and perhaps could defeat Sauron if he possessed the Ring. Perhaps the same could be said for Lady Galadriel, Elrond, or Cirdan. But no one in Middle Earth is immune to the evil inherent in the One Ring, and Gandalf, Cirdan, or Lady Galadriel would have become evil in victory.Bitter Crank

    That’s it in a nutshell. The Ring is the ultimate in centralized power, archetypal imperialism at its pinnacle, in my estimation. The temptation to be “king of the mountain”, the delusion that it would bring anything except a temporary high, and the insanity to try it. Tolkien was influenced both by his love of fable and languages, and the experience of fighting in one world war and living through another. His attempt to make sense of it, to tie seeming chaos into a narrative, is one of the high points of twentieth century art. It perhaps seems more relevant now, like it is still bearing fruit.
  • 0 thru 9
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    But dont pay me much mind about it...as I said, I have just watched the movies and not the more in-depth writings in the books. Still I wouldnt mind knowing if I have a point or if im complete lost ? :joke:Aleksander Kvam

    The movies helped me get through the books more. Before the movies I had some trouble sorting out the characters and the places and the bad guys. Even Sauron and Saruman on the page can be confusing to the first time reader. The films brought Middle Earth firmly into the consciousness of the present time. Despite some quibbles and changes, the movies were quite a feat.
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