What I don't understand about Sauron's Ring

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  1. HarryTheWhite

    HarryTheWhite Wadiyatalkinabeet

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    Okay, I love LOTR as much as anyone on here and in my opinion is one of the best trilogy's in existence. However, there are a few fundamental things that I haven't quite been able to comprehend. More specifically, the rules regarding the one ring of power and Sauron's logic.

    First of all, it is established by fellowship at least that the ring cannot be wielded by anyone apart from Sauron himself as it is his will and evil that controls it. So why does Sauron need to be hell bent upon getting it back? Surely there is no other that can wield the ring, as explained, or is there? Saruman had Merry and Pippin taken to Isengard because he thought they had the ring, instead of making sure the ring got to Mordor and back to Sauron. It is heavily implied here that Saruman is actually taking the ring for himself. Furthermore, it is almost given that lady Galadriel would be able to wield the ring and use it to her strength. So does the ring answer to Sauron and Sauron alone? Or are there others who can also wield the ring of power?

    Lets assume that there is no-one else that can use the ring. What does Sauron have to fear? I have established that Sauron had no idea of the plot to destroy the ring, he has already been able to summon an army substantial enough to wipe out the remains of the race of men by the end of ROTK and apparently no-one would try to destroy it the ring. Long story short, Sauron kills everyone, the ring remains intact and eventually, via process of elimination, the ring is found and Sauron can again take physical form and... exactly, he didnt even need the ring to conquer Middle Earth. So why (without thinking about people destroying it) does Sauron need his ring back so badly that all his thought was bent upon it? Hell, if he thought people might try to destroy it, wouldn't he have at least guarded Mt Doom just a little bit, or maybe even gotten rid of the convenient doorway into the thing?
    The only explanation I can think of is that Sauron was afraid that there were other powerful beings that could use his ring of power and bend it to their will, therefore overthrowing Sauron himself.

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  2. CirdanLinweilin

    CirdanLinweilin The Wandering Wastrel

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    Galadriel would eventually be consumed by the inherent malice within the Ring and she would become a slave to Its Evil and the evil of Sauron. No one would be able to wield it and remain its master, Sauron's malice would eventually consume them.

    In essence, Evil has no Master, it makes only slaves.


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  3. Starbrow

    Starbrow Tolkien Fan

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    I think other powerful beings, such as Galadriel or Saruman, could use the ring. However, it would corrupt the wearer so that it would be used for evil. I think Sauron would rather he was using the ring himself for evil, than for others to use it in ways that turn to evil.
     
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    CirdanLinweilin The Wandering Wastrel

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    That is actually what I was trying to explain, don't know how well I did. Good answer StarBrow.
     
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    Sauron desires the Ring because so much of his power is invested into it. And yes, others can use it (which Sauron fears) but in so doing, they would be corrupted. For some, like Gollum, this would result in a long process as they would have only the strength to unlock it's least powers. But for someone such as Galadriel or Saruman, (or Gandalf), who had a will powerful enough, they could use it to discover all the other rings and control them, and they would have the might to defeat even Sauron. However, in so doing they would themselves become corrupted and while their motives might initially be for good, they would in the end become a new Dark Lord.

    The chapter, The Mirror of Galadriel in The Fellowship of the Ring best explains this.
     
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