Crying in the Wilderness
- Jan 13, 2002
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- Down the rabbit hole...
Here is a good thread to generate some great opinions! When Sauron saw Gollum and Frodo at the Crack of Doom he called up his Nazgul.
Sauron was a smart guy, he knew what he was doing, yet why did he call on the Nazgul. Yes he should have done so, but at the same time go himself. He was in Barad-dur, a few kilometers away, and that would mean nothing to a Maia. He would have been there in a second. He could have seized the Ring and he would be powerful enough to take over Middle-earth with no problems. It would have been easy for him. But why didn't he???"And far away, as Frodo put the ring on and claimed it for his own, even in Sammath Naur the very heart of his realm, the power in Barad-dur was shaken, and the Tower trembled from its foundations to its proud and bitter crown. The Dark Lord was suddenly aware of him, and his Eye piercing all shadows looked across the plain to the door that he had made; and the magnitude of his own folly was revealed to him in a blinding flash, and all the devices of his enemies was at last laid bare. Then his wrath blazed in consuming flame, but his fear rose like a vast black smoke to choke him. For he knew his deadly peril and the thread upon which his doom now hung. From all his policies and webs of fear and treachery, from all his stratagems and wars his mind shook free; and throughout his realm a tremor ran, his slaves quailed, and his armies halted, and his captains suddenly steerless, bereft of will, wavered and despaired. For they were forgotten. The whole mind and purpose of the Power that wielded them was now bent with overwhelming force upon the Mountain. At his summons, wheeling with a rending cry, in a last desperate race there flew, faster than the winds, the Nazgul, the Ringwraiths, and with a storm of wings they hurtled southwards to Mount Doom."