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What if Gandalf was the villain and Sauron the anti-hero?


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Feb 19, 2018
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Supposing that Mairon HAD repented after Melkor's defeat and that Olorin had, wanting to try prevent the reign of someone like Melkor, come to Middle Earth, at first with good intentions, but eventually bringing in a "tyranny of good" where he tried to make the world right according to his view, doing it in the name of Eru, but eventually becoming a tyrant. (Sort of like what Tolkien said he'd have become if he'd have taken the Ring.)

Meanwhile, Mairon, trying to free himself from the tainting of being Sauron and associated with Melkor and, would be gradually doing good deeds, though not always for the purest motives, and becoming better.

Eventually, Mairon would try to help bring down the corrupted Olorin and that would be the main tale.

I'm wondering how Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit would have gone had it been more gray vs gray instead of black vs. white.

I mean, instead of Simba vs. Scar, to use a Disney analogy, it would be more like Iago vs. Claude Frollo.

Would this be an interesting route to go for a fanfiction or a terrible one?

One of the flaws, to a degree, of Tokien's works is that most of his characters are pretty much solid black or white. A few like Thorin, Gollum, Denethor, Boromir, Grima Wormtongue, Meaglin, some of the elf lords like Feanor, or even Saruman appear to at least have good and evil qualities in them, but the rest seem to be solidly classified as saints or scoundrels.

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