Mar 14 2014, 6:33pm
Actually no, that's not the whole question... Would they die in the same way they would have if they had lived a normal life? Or would they simply cease to exist?
I got the feeling that the fading of the kings put them on a similar path to the elves fading. In other words, once they faded, if they hadn't gone back to the West, they were just... gone. What men had to look forward to was something different, some other way of being with Eru once they died. The rings took that option away from them because taking the rings was a choice that bound their soul/spirit/essence to Melkor's servant Sauron and took them away from Eru. So if the rings were withdrawn, there would be nothing left of them.
This is just my own headcanon though, a way to make sense of things so I may be way off the mark.
Where there's life there's hope, and need of vittles.
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
(This post was edited by Dame Ioreth on Mar 14 2014, 6:35pm)