ROFTL! Gothmog, that is our ex-boss you're talking about.Originally posted by Gothmog
Since Melkor was in the begining the greatest of the Ainur and did stand aganst the rest of the Valar beating them at every turn, I would say that early on there would have been no contest. Melkor would have won without breaking into a sweat.
However, as Melkor spent himself in his lies and deceits he weakened himself to the point that I doubt he would be able to put up much of a fight even a gainst one of the lesser Maia. And as he also became a coward he would not even try.
Manwe and Melkor were bretheren in the thought of Iluvatar. The mightiest of those Ainur who came into the world was in the beginning Melkor; but Manwe is dearest to Iluvatar and understands most clearly his purposes. He was appointed to be, in the fullness of time, the first of all Kings: lord of the realm of Arda and all that dwell therein.
I could go on and on, but I know how annoying that is. The point is that Melkor is constantly referred to as one who had great Power but lost much of it when he became evil. Manwe was his equal , (not, mind you, his little brother who doesn't quite measure up) which would make it an exciting match, but Melkor used his strength up in his deeds of wickedness and rage; therefore I imagine Manwe would be much more powerful. Also I like how in Tolkien's stories good has a way of triumphing, even under the most unlikely circumstances (Which a one-on-one fight would hardly be anyway). A couple of Hobbits destroying the Ring of Power is not what one could deem to be in the realm of possibility, but it happened. Besides, Manwe has Iluvatar on his side, and He doesn't have to interfere for things to turn out the way he wants them to.Last of all is set the name of Melkor, He who arises in might. But that name he has forfeited...Great might was given to him by Iluvatar, and he was coeval with Manwe. In the Powers and knowlege of all the other Valar he had part, but he turned them to evil purposes, and squandered his strength in violence and tyranny.
from BolT1: IV THE CHAINING OF MELKO.Then Melko sprang to his feet shouting in a loud voice and his folk came through all those dismal passages to his aid. Then lashed he at Manwe with an iron flail he bore, but Manwe breathed gently upon it and its iron tassels were blown backward,