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The One Ring Forums: Off Topic: The Pollantir:
Is Sauron a tragic character?
 
Poll: Is Sauron a tragic character?
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Faenoriel
Tol Eressea


May 18 2012, 7:21pm


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No, I'm not going to summarize his entire life story. But the basic idea is quite thrilling. He wanted to create order and unity in the tumultous world of Middle-Earth via enlightened absolutism, and joined forces with Melkor, thinking his power would be useful. Gaining power was supposed to be just the means, through which good ends would be reached. Yet, through the long years, the means became the ends. Tyranny and control over other living creatures became the goal itself, the original idealism slowly being forgotten. Tolkien mentions in such a late point as the Second Age of the Sun that he created economic wellbeing (and I guess stability) for his subjects in the East of Middle-Earth. Which could be coincidental, but seems to call back to his original visions of how the world should be run for the best of Eruhíni.

Any thoughts?

Subject User Time
Is Sauron a tragic character? Faenoriel Send a private message to Faenoriel May 18 2012, 7:21pm
    I see no signs of "enlightenment" in his absolutism. Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth May 18 2012, 8:54pm
        This, kids, is why you should read HoME Faenoriel Send a private message to Faenoriel May 18 2012, 10:49pm
            But with discrimination! sador Send a private message to sador May 20 2012, 6:54am
                I do remember my own poll ;) Faenoriel Send a private message to Faenoriel May 21 2012, 2:33pm
                    It's all good... Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth May 21 2012, 9:54pm
        Oh how nice, more quotes Faenoriel Send a private message to Faenoriel May 18 2012, 11:04pm
    He's complex, but not tragic Finwe Send a private message to Finwe May 18 2012, 11:27pm
        While I agree with your definition of tragic DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB May 18 2012, 11:45pm
            I can understand that Finwe Send a private message to Finwe May 18 2012, 11:58pm
                It's my fault - I get around everywhere on here DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB May 19 2012, 12:04am
            I can't see your vote, DLB.... Faenoriel Send a private message to Faenoriel May 19 2012, 1:09am
                All done! DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB May 19 2012, 9:05am
        Definition of tragic Faenoriel Send a private message to Faenoriel May 19 2012, 1:03am
            I'm not sure who Merrian-Webster is/are DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB May 19 2012, 9:04am
                Merriam-Webster Faenoriel Send a private message to Faenoriel May 19 2012, 5:01pm
                    Ahhh I see! / DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB May 19 2012, 5:29pm
            dramatic tragedy zarabia Send a private message to zarabia May 20 2012, 5:55am

 
 
 

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