Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Been there, done that?

After the War of Wrath in the middle earth, the Evil in the north was utterly destroyed and there was established a lasting Elven kingdom in Eregion near Khazad-Dum in the misty mountains. There was great friendship between the Elves and Dwarves at that time, and it is said:

"In Eregion, the craftsmen of Gwaith-i-Mirdain, the people of the Jewel-smiths, surpassed in cunning all that have ever been wrought, save only Feanor himself; and indeed greatest in skill among them was Celebrimbor, son of Curufin [son of Feanor]..."

In that time, there came one who called himself 'Annatar', giver of gifts who was of fair and wise hue. Though he was not received elsewhere, he was gladly welcomed in Eregion. The legend says:

"and for a while, they had much profit from his friendship and they learnt many things, for his knowledge was great. In those days, the smiths of Ost-in-Edhil [city of the Elves] surpassed all that they had contrived before; and they took thought and made Rings of Power."

But he guided their labours and he was aware of all that they did. The Elves made many rings, but he made the One Ring to rule them all, for He was none other than Sauron himself, and he ever desired to presuade Elves to his service. When the war of wrath was fought between Morgoth and the rest of the Valar, Morgoth's castle at Thangorodrim was utterly destroyed, Morgoth himself captured, and his most of his servants were either killed or captured. But Sauron eluded them and could not be captured. And he resolved to make himself the Lord of the Middle Earth, thinking that the Valar have forgotten the Middle Earth.

Much is now known to all about the power of the One Ring. But it is said:

"But the Elves were not so lightly to be caught. As soon as Sauron set the One Ring upon his finger, they were aware of him; and they knew him, and perceived that he would be master of them, and of all they wrought. Then in anger and fear they took off their rings. But he, finding that he was betrayed and that they Elves were not deceived, was filled with wrath; and he came against them with open war..."

Of that war, much evil and grief came to pass.
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At this very moment in the international politics, I fear there is one more Annatar at large, deceiving countries with his guile and submitting them to his will, where guile works not. And we are glad to have him as a friend, and are making deals with him. I only hope we Indians dont not have to flee for cover once his deception is revealed to the world.

3 comments:

Sketchy Self said...

This is no 'Annatar' you speak of, wise friend. For if the wise are right, Sauron was a Maia, corrupted into Evil by Melkor (who himself was one of the Valar). So were the Balrogs of the deep.
This ruler could never have been a Maia, but is akin to the great Goblin Lord Golfimbul, or the vilest of the Uruk-Hai, grown to power because his fathers have reigned for long over Middle Earth, while the nobler races have chosen exile and forgetfulness over leadership.
For he has no guile, just a bully's sneer. He has no deception, his craft is plain. And no wars of other people's making need bring him down. His folly and stupidity shall be his chiefest foe. That we make alliances with such a power begs the question - is there another Lord in the making? And if there is, is it Dark or Fair?

Gandaragolaka said...

True!

Yet, one more perspective there is to speak of!

Of the power of numenor in its heydays and her aggression of Valinor in her arrogance, much is known to all.

yadbhavishya said...

Somewhat a different POV, but the aggressive an elephant in its rut, the thicker the rope used to bind it. And this rope is but made of long blades of grass all woven together.

Or, like it is said... "Chali cheemala cheta chikki chaavade sumatee"
(a snake that died at the hands of ants)

enough i think