Burn, Galdor, BURN!
Of course, the jab comes at the expense of Boromir and Gondor. For how much he rails on about how awesome Gondor is, he forgets that his wonderful kingdom has lost the last few battles, and let through the notorious Nine. Whoops. Well, anyway, Elrond makes the statement that the ring cannot go west to the sea. That would be the easiest path, and thus the most likely to be watched. But wait! Boromir has a bright idea! Use the ring! Right? Right, guys?
Elrond shuts him down. Only powerful beings can wield the ring, and even then only for evil. Anyone who could defeat Sauron with his ring would then supplant him on the dark throne. That’s no good, and that’s why the ring must ultimately be destroyed: so that possibility can never come to pass.
However, it’s Elrond who brings up taking the ring to Mount Doom. He mentions it just before Boromir proposes his latest terrible idea.
But actually, the options for what to do with the ring have been steadily narrowed down. Destroying it in the fires of Mount Doom is kind of the only thing left. It’s like picking Steve Buscemi to be your partner in an acting scene. All of your other choices are probably more attractive, but the one you’re left with will probably accomplish your goals more than the others could have ever hoped to. Does that make any sense?
Okay, so that’s ultimately just another idea shot down. How much longer until we just stick with a plan here?
Note: I’m not getting tired of the Council…but at some point they’re going to exhaust all the other options. That can’t be too far away.
“‘Then in Gondor we must trust to such weapons as…'”