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erinhue
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I have always wondered about this. If Sauron had all this power to start with why would he put so much of it into a ring? OK the One Ring rulled the others but if it got its power from Sauron couldnt he have ruled the rings without it?

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Roland
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I suppose that the only way to control the other rings was to make a link to those other rings, so then he would have to make the one ring to do that. Apparently he was not capable of ruling the other rings without one of his own, which is why he did what he did. That is just my thought on the matter.

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Perhaps it acted as some sort of amplifier to a specific type of power. Perhaps there was something elven about the ring of power. Perhaps the elves taught Sauron a thing or two about elven magic, which allowed him to tap into and over ride the wills of those wearing the other rings.

It takes a ring to control a ring! Just like it takes a palantir to communicate with another palantir. Like speaks to like!

Have I rambled enough?


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But to achieve this he had been obligded to let a great part of his own inherent power pass in to the one ring. While he wore it his power on earth was actually enhanced. But even if he did not wear it that power existed and was in rapport with himself; he was not diminished....This was the essential weakness he had introduced into his situation in his effort ( largely unsucessful ) to enslave the Elves and in his desire to establish a control over the minds and wills of his servants.(letter 131)

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Thanks, Fingolfin.

Opinion below:
If we consider the Elven rings to be a creation similar to the Silmarils, a nice parallel arises.

Fëanor attempts to "capture" or enhance the exquisite beauty native to Arda. This act, while a tribute like unto Aulë's, is still a vain attempt at stamping one's mark on the Creation. It is willful, flying too close to the sun - literally, the fire of the Jewels burns as would the daystar.

The magic rings, likewise, are at first a pure craft which sustains and heals and enhances the glory of Arda. But again, there is the desire to somehow control and "own," as well as heal, the material world.

This desire is fostered in the Elves. The shadow enters their hearts, their culture. Therefore, they effectively create the snare that binds them. It is an ancient lesson: the most effective weapon to be used against you, will be the one you make. Sauron embodies this lesson. From an objective view, the Elves destroy themselves. Of course, they get rid of the Rings when they realize what has happened; we do notice, however, that Sauron exists "roughly" the same amount of time that the last of the Elven rings exist.

Carl Jung describes the Shadow, the darkest aspect of our Self or Ego, as the most easily accessed and simultaneously the most difficult to overcome. Because the Shadow is carried, from war to war, ring to ring, there is never any true escape - save death only.

Whatever we do, whatever we make, the moment we love it too much or are unable to cast away the "treasure" at need - that is the appointment of the hour of our Doom.

Imbëar


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Nicely phrased. I like your comment on the dark side of the desire to heal and preserve. I think it captures an important philosophical aspect of the making and the interrelation of the rings!

But as far as I remember, the elves learned from Sauron. So he provided them with tools to create the rings. The desire to preserve was theirs, but the ability to create the rings as tools for healing & preservation was partially from the dark lord.

The message I would read into this, is that dreams are good and beautiful, but that it might be unnatural to make some of them come true - thereby creating evil.


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Are you the same erinhue from TORC?

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I think she is Nienna...
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