Friday, October 1, 2010
One Ring to Rule them All
After having read my previous post, I felt as though I could have gone more in depth into certain aspects of the review, such as the concept of the Ring, which, as the title suggests, is sort of the key object to the development of the story. The Ring, "to rule them all," was originally created from the firey lava that flows deep within the volcano named "Orodruin," or Mount Doom. This ring was used to eventually control the actions of the different rulers across the land of Middle Earth, including, but not limited to, the race of Men, Elves, and Dwarves. All of which were given rings, or the "Rings of Power," which were supposed to help them become more powerful leaders, but, as we find thorughout the course of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, they eventually led to the downfall of almost all the rulers. Now, looking back further into the timeline of the world of Middle Earth, after Elendil (who formed the final alliance between men and elves) killed Sauron in the Great Battle, his son, Isuldar, took up his broken sword, along with the One Ring which he cut off of Sauron's dead hand. He was killed on his journey home, when, while trying to escape, he was killed by a band of orcs, and teh ring fell to it's resting place at the bottom of a river, and was not found until around the time slightly before the events of The Hobbit. Smeagle, a Hobbit, as is found out later, found it while fishing, and ended up falling victim to the Ring's magical power to take over the beings will power. He lived out most of the remainder of his life in a dark cavernous lake, until the ring was stolen by Bilbo Baggin's, Frodo's uncle, in The Hobbit. We can see the apparent obsession with the ring even by the way Smeagle reacts after the ring is stolen. He cries day and night, for, "his Precious." Even later on, after Frodo is asked to take the Ring to the Mount Doom to destroy the Ring in the fires which it was created, he is affected by the ring, and is constantly tormented by the Ring's power to try and take over the holder's mind and will power. The Ring's single goal is to return to it's dark master, Sauron. The Ring's power can be seen also by the fact that not even Gandalf, one of the more powerful "good" wizards in Middle Earth, can touch the Ring, because, even though is strong, the Ring could make him even stronger, but at the same time coruupt his mind and will, and make him turn evil. It would make it easier to think of the Ring as, say, a part of Sauron himself. It is an entity of infinite evil, which has one goal, and only one goal: to return to it's master, and be used as a tool to gain Dominion over the world of Middle Earth.