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Fri, 9:41pm

Post #26 of 27 (105 views)
Yes [In reply to] Can't Post

you're right about Gandalf rather bluffing there; but the context was how he was going to deal with being punished by Sauron, which was a rather more serious matter than Saruman alone.

Can we come up with anything better than the obvious: Gandalf wasn't yet a Ringbearer when Tolkien wrote that section?


Sat, 3:13pm

Post #27 of 27 (40 views)
That's probably the best answer [In reply to] Can't Post

Gandalf later fights the Nazgul and the Balrog, so we know what he's capable of. Let's assume Saruman knew too, and that trying to take Narya from him would lead to an epic battle that he wasn't certain to win. So, better to leave it to Sauron to deal with, no matter how much he wanted it himself. And Saruman knew the real prize was the One, anyway.

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