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Credibility and the One Ring

CuriousG
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Dec 11 2012, 4:58pm


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At the same it´s a weapon/tool which has its limitations - it´s not a tool that magically can achieve just about anything, but works in specific ways, and IMO this also makes it a credible creation and plot device.

Excellent point. I'd never thought otherwise, but what if the One was a magic ring that did anything you wanted? If Frodo and Sam are starving in Mordor, Frodo puts it on briefly and turns rocks into fresh bread and turns orcs into barrels of beer. Presto! That would have made the story light-heared, but also relegated it to children's fairy tales. The fact that the One, while horrible, has definite limits on what it can do makes the story more solid and believable in JRRT's world governed by rules.

And besides credibility, the limitations give the Ring a personality of sorts, making it another character, though I don't normally expect jewelry to be a character in a book.

Subject User Time
Oft evil will shall evil mar - a recurring theme? noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Dec 5 2012, 5:28pm
    A few more examples... noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Dec 5 2012, 6:16pm
        Heartily agree I do CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 5 2012, 7:45pm
        And more CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 6 2012, 6:03pm
            The one ring itself noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Dec 6 2012, 6:23pm
    Yes, and by no means limited to Tolkien. Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Dec 6 2012, 6:24pm
        The formula for James Bond and other villains CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 6 2012, 8:25pm
        Interesting which side has an "evil overlord " plan? noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Dec 6 2012, 10:34pm
            Sauron as Evil Overlord Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Dec 7 2012, 3:45am
                Ah, I should have said "no Evil Overlord mistakes except the ones I didn't think of"... noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Dec 7 2012, 10:54am
                    Plotholes and eagles CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 7 2012, 4:26pm
                        Nazgul combat air patrol noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Dec 7 2012, 5:09pm
                        A new eagle plot hole filler noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Dec 7 2012, 5:35pm
                            It's an inexhaustable discussion topic. Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Dec 7 2012, 7:07pm
                                I'm glad they didn't, but CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 7 2012, 7:27pm
                                    I agree with this Ardamírë Send a private message to Ardamírë Dec 7 2012, 8:54pm
                                        Isn't there some Plurmo Send a private message to Plurmo Dec 8 2012, 3:36am
                                            In all honesty Ardamírë Send a private message to Ardamírë Dec 8 2012, 4:01pm
                    Heroes and underdogs CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 7 2012, 4:33pm
                The Nazgul and Evil Overlord rule 80 noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Dec 7 2012, 6:36pm
            I think Sauron was clever about the One Ring CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 7 2012, 4:05pm
                An odd Return to Owner feature noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Dec 7 2012, 4:27pm
        To say nothing of an idea likely close to Tolkien's heart: SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Dec 7 2012, 2:55pm
    interesting topic elostirion74 Send a private message to elostirion74 Dec 10 2012, 8:32pm
        A bit of both noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Dec 10 2012, 9:14pm
        Credibility and the One Ring CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 11 2012, 4:58pm
            That's worth 2 new threads! :) noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Dec 16 2012, 7:09pm
                Gandalf answered #1 CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 16 2012, 8:52pm
                    given the slightest encouragement... noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Dec 18 2012, 12:07pm
    The greatest example of this has yet to be said!!!!!!!!!! Beren0nehanded Send a private message to Beren0nehanded Dec 11 2012, 1:26pm
    Morgoth the exception? Felagund Send a private message to Felagund Dec 16 2012, 5:25pm
        Curses can be your best friend CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 16 2012, 6:29pm
    link to eucatastrophy noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Dec 18 2012, 3:22pm
        Second thoughts! noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Dec 18 2012, 7:02pm
            Post then self-disagree? All too often. :) // CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 18 2012, 7:45pm
                "We knows what we thinks, precious." "No, no we doesn't think that at all!" noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Dec 18 2012, 9:53pm

 
 
 

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