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The danger is immediate and real - Sauron knows where to go and how to get there

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Nov 23 2013, 2:48am


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"Only the waning might of Gondor stands now between him and a march in power along the coasts into the North" is how Elrond's counselor Galdor puts it at the Council. Boromir begs to differ: "But Gondor stands, and even the end of its strength is still very strong."
Galdor parries, "other roads he may find that Gondor does not guard."

Tolkien is letting us know that the Wise have some time, but not much, to decide what to do with the Ring - perhaps a year or a dozen years.

In the LotR Appendices the idea of Sauron attacking the Northlands is fleshed out. In the annals of the Second Age he did exactly what Galdor remembers. His "march in power" to the North and the first siege of Rivendell was only thwarted in the end by Numenor. (Unfinished Tales has a far more detailed account of how Sauron ravaged Eriador.) In the annals of the War of the Ring in the Third Age we learn about the attacks on Erebor and Rohan that took place while the Fellowship was struggling in the South.

There is even Gandalf's odd reminiscence about the 'Hobbit' adventure, where he states (in Tolkien's place, clearly) that Sauron as he rebuilt his power had originally plotted to attack the North first, not the South, from his base in Dol Guldur. Thinking of how all this was averted in the year of 'The Hobbit', his epitaph is, "Think of what might have been. Dragon-fire and savage swords in Eriador, night in Rivendell."

Throughout the book is the clear theme that Rivendell, though far from Mordor, is by no means a safe haven from Sauron.



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What was said at the Council of Elrond Hamfast Gamgee Send a private message to Hamfast Gamgee Nov 22 2013, 12:25am
    Not so hard. Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Nov 22 2013, 2:47am
        Also NottaSackville Send a private message to NottaSackville Nov 22 2013, 2:27pm
            In hundreds or thousands of years maybe! Hamfast Gamgee Send a private message to Hamfast Gamgee Nov 23 2013, 12:08am
                I think Sauron would move promptly Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Nov 23 2013, 1:35am
        Don't forget Saruman Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Nov 22 2013, 8:45pm
    The danger is immediate and real - Sauron knows where to go and how to get there squire Send a private message to squire Nov 23 2013, 2:48am

 
 
 

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