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Na Vedui

Oct 28 2017, 9:50pm

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Seeing it all laid out like that is quite revealing -

I hadn't realised quite how much of it there was. i.e. Saruman, who considers himself so much wiser than other people, and so much better equipped to steer Middle-earth's rulers and people as he sees fit "for their own good", actually seems to score more own goals than anyone! "Oft evil will shall evil mar".
But it's all of a piece with other things in LOTR, which could well have been subtitled Tales of the Unexpected Outcome.
Folly:- Pippin throws a stone down a well, stirs up the Balrog - Gandalf becomes the White. He looks in the Palantir - Sauron gets confused about who has the Hobbit with the Ring.
Disobedience: Eowyn runs off to war instead of staying at home like she's told to; so does Merry - putting them just where they need to be to sort out the Witch-King (and for Eowyn to meet Faramir).
Desire for the Ring: Boromir scares Frodo into making the decision to face Mordor; Gollum intervenes at the last moment and saves Frodo from his failure.
Tolkien's "Chance - if chance it was" has a habit of turning the unlikeliest scenarios into eucatastrophe .... and a wicked sense of humour!

(This post was edited by Na Vedui on Oct 28 2017, 9:51pm)

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Post edited by Na Vedui (Rohan) on Oct 28 2017, 9:51pm

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