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Welcome! And great question

CuriousG
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Dec 11 2012, 9:25pm


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Welcome! And great question [In reply to] Can't Post

I'll take a stab at it and try to rank them, then we can all debate:
  1. Sauron
  2. Galadriel, post-death Gandalf, Bombadil
  3. Elrond, Cirdan, Glorfindel, pre-death Gandalf, Saruman
  4. Balrog
  5. All the Nazgul
Rationale:
1. After Sauron's fall, Galadriel was able to lay bare the pits of Dol Guldur. Not sure how she did it, but I have trouble seeing Elrond or anyone else doing that.
2. Despite Bombadil's nonsense talk, and Gandalf's point that the Ring had no power over Bombadil, not the reverse, he had no trouble trouncing the Barrow-wight. I think he was quite powerful, and really, wouldn't he have been swept away before if he wasn't? Sauron brooks no rivals, and Sauron had overrun Eriador before. Bombadil wasn't exactly high-profile, but he wasn't all that secret and hidden, either, and it seems fair to believe Sauron knew about him.
3. I'm putting the Balrog beneath the others because the Noldor were able to kill balrogs in Beleriand, though with difficulty, and pre-death Gandalf was able to, if you count dying last in the battle as being proof of greater strength.
4. Pre-death Gandalf was able to hold off all of the Nazgul at night on Weathertop, when they were at their strongest, which makes me think he's a match for any one of them, including the Witch-King.

I don't know how to rank dragons against the others since they fight and kill so differently. But if you think of the Maia in their original forms, not limited as Wizards, they must have fought effectively against the dragons in the last battle against Morgoth. Just don't ask me how. Smile

Subject User Time
The Most Powerful of the Third Age Carnivoran Send a private message to Carnivoran Dec 11 2012, 7:13pm
    I really Nerven Send a private message to Nerven Dec 11 2012, 9:21pm
        What do you think of Elrond vs the Nazgul? CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 11 2012, 9:32pm
            I Nerven Send a private message to Nerven Dec 11 2012, 9:44pm
            A herald in battle would be a worthy leader and formidable fighter themselves ElendilTheShort Send a private message to ElendilTheShort Dec 14 2012, 10:50am
    Welcome! And great question CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 11 2012, 9:25pm
        Nice list Carnivoran Send a private message to Carnivoran Dec 11 2012, 11:07pm
        Like your list elevorn Send a private message to elevorn Dec 12 2012, 3:58pm
            Agree on Gandalf CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 12 2012, 4:05pm
    They are all Maiar Aule Send a private message to Aule Dec 20 2012, 5:55pm
        Where does it say that the Eagles are Maiar? CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 20 2012, 6:28pm
            Thorondor Aule Send a private message to Aule Dec 20 2012, 6:38pm
                Gwaihir CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 20 2012, 6:52pm
                    Correction Aule Send a private message to Aule Dec 20 2012, 7:27pm
                Are you thinking of the fell beast? JessCej Send a private message to JessCej Dec 28 2012, 12:00am
            Some eagles: Maiar or not Elthir Send a private message to Elthir Dec 30 2012, 1:58pm
                And Ungoliant CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 30 2012, 4:41pm
                    Oops CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 30 2012, 5:44pm
                        Ungoliant's origin ElendilTheShort Send a private message to ElendilTheShort Dec 30 2012, 8:29pm
    i don't go in for this sort of thing much geordie Send a private message to geordie Dec 20 2012, 6:47pm
        I agree they don't rank neatly CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 20 2012, 7:04pm
    Power is definitely situational and varying Escapist Send a private message to Escapist Dec 20 2012, 7:08pm

 
 
 

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