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Tolkien at UVM - 2012 summer - week 3 - Sauron's attentions

bglenney_uvm
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Jul 18 2012, 9:09pm


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Not sure if I should be posting a question this week, but I'd like to know what other readers think about the following:

COMMENT: When Frodo puts on the Ring, Sauron seems to be alerted to this triggering of the Ring's power. This happens most dramatically (and for obvious reasons) when Frodo enters Sammath Naur and puts on the Ring at the edge of the precipice overlooking the fires of Mt. Doom. Sauron seems to know exactly where Frodo is and exactly what sort of danger he, the Dark Lord, is in. Let's rewind the story to the end of the Two Towers and take a look at that strange moment after Shelob's poisoning of Frodo, Sam's wounding of the Spider, and Sam's taking his master's sword and the Ring (he's already carrying the "star-glass" Frodo received from Galadriel). An orc patrol approaches, fails to see Sam (who has put on the Ring), and fetches Frodo's limp body for questioning once their prisoner wakes up.

QUESTION: When Sam puts on the Ring to escape the notice of the arriving orcs, why don't Sauron and his Nazgul seem to notice? Given Tolkien's use of interlacement, something else of enormous importance may be distracting the Eye and his servants at that moment Aragorn's looking into the palantir? or it may be that Cirith Ungol isn't nearly as close to Barad-dr as Mt. Doom is. (Nor, however, is Amon Hen, and Sauron seems to have found, or nearly found, Frodo there.) Any ideas?

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Tolkien at UVM - 2012 summer - week 3 - Sauron's attentions bglenney_uvm Send a private message to bglenney_uvm Jul 18 2012, 9:09pm
    You have a good point Radagast-Aiwendil Send a private message to Radagast-Aiwendil Jul 18 2012, 9:30pm
        distracted by the battle on the Pelennor Fields bglenney_uvm Send a private message to bglenney_uvm Jul 19 2012, 3:02am
    Power proportionate to the bearer Mim Send a private message to Mim Jul 18 2012, 11:46pm
        proportionate power bglenney_uvm Send a private message to bglenney_uvm Jul 19 2012, 3:04am
            Also, Frodo is essentially using the power of the Ring Curious Send a private message to Curious Jul 19 2012, 5:07am
    will of the one who wears it titanium_hobbit Send a private message to titanium_hobbit Jul 19 2012, 7:08am
        will of the user bglenney_uvm Send a private message to bglenney_uvm Jul 19 2012, 12:48pm
    A couple of small points FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Jul 19 2012, 12:43pm
        Nice points.// Curious Send a private message to Curious Jul 19 2012, 1:19pm
        sam and the ring - crossing into mordor bglenney_uvm Send a private message to bglenney_uvm Jul 19 2012, 1:25pm
            Well FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Jul 19 2012, 2:34pm
                the dispatched Nazgul bglenney_uvm Send a private message to bglenney_uvm Jul 19 2012, 3:08pm
            Sauron does not know the Ring is in Mordor until Frodo claims it on Mount Doom. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Jul 19 2012, 2:59pm
                a hard-target search bglenney_uvm Send a private message to bglenney_uvm Jul 19 2012, 3:18pm
                    I'm not sure Hamfast Gamgee Send a private message to Hamfast Gamgee Jul 21 2012, 8:46am
                It's always tricky FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Jul 19 2012, 3:24pm
                    It's been 3,000 years since any of them were close to the Ring. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Jul 19 2012, 8:59pm

 
 
 

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