Today’s page is an in-depth look at Sauron, everyone’s least favorite nebulous evil dude.
Gandalf is explaining the particulars of Sauron’s possible victory or defeat. If he regains the ring, all is lost so wholly that no one can imagine the consequences. If the ring is destroyed, Sauron stands no chance of ever gaining power again. Should he fall, Sauron will degenerate into being some sort of grumpy ghost, ineffectively haunting places.
Of course, there are greater evils than Sauron. In fact, these evils may come to power with his defeat, but Gandalf is not concerned with this future.
So, is Gandalf like that conservative ideology that has no time for bothering with anything that affects future generations? He has a sort of “let them deal with it” mentality. Well, I can’t say that’s helpful, but what does it matter? There’s a reason that there isn’t much ever known about Middle-earth post-War of the Ring.
Meanwhile, Sauron is watching our heroes, especially since Aragorn revealed himself through a palantír. Gandalf thinks that this is to their advantage. Sauron thinks that some powerful man, probably Aragorn, will try to wield the ring against him. He can try to strike before Aragorn can master the ring, while it may still be loyal to its original master. This might provide a distraction.
Yes, the ring can be won over. However, since Sauron’s power over it has been so strong for so long, it always acts in a way to suit his needs. Until someone with a somewhat equal power can claim it, the ring will always be his. That’s why the ring itself is evil!
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Bottom line: everything’s evil. And most ideas are bad. Wait and defend against another attack? Bad idea. Wield the ring in attack? Bad idea. Parlay? Always a bad idea. Come up with new ideas? Might be alright.
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