Thursday, October 07, 2010

Closure (Redux)

In my mind's eye, I still look upon the great climax of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien's masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings. In the last section of that book, entitled The Return of the King, we see the defeat of Sauron, as mad Gollum falls into Orodruin and brings the Great Ring with him into the fires of creation.

The eagles are coming. The hosts of Sauron are scattered. The Servants of the Ring, once feared through all the lands of Middle-Earth — they are turned to shadows and dust.

And yet, as Brian Duffy says in Tim Powers's The Drawing of the Dark, "Much has been lost, and there is much yet to lose."

Certain things have gone on too long. Saruman's foul experiments and his corruption of the halflings have sequelae that must be dealt with. Though he was cast out of the Order and his staff broken, his poisonous tongue still holds power. The snake pit needs to be cleansed, the captives must be freed from the dungeons that they allowed to be built.

Having read the novel, we remember that the true heartbreak comes at the end, when the hobbits return to their homeland and find that it is scarred, damaged, corrupted beyond belief. They must fight to bring sanity and wholesomeness to what was lost and broken. And some wounds, as has been said before, will never heal until the ending of the world.

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Blogger Albrecht Morningblade said...

So, as I see it, Grima has turned upon his master at the last. Or am I giving him too much undeserved credit?

Though I see that there are many yet still held enthralled by the master of Orthanc. A pity I cannot gain entry to the official archives in my Order. Or has an entry been made thus far?

Thursday, October 07, 2010 3:42:00 pm  
Blogger Trebuchet said...

Albrecht: Your Order has yet to be marshalled. The Dark Lord has gone, but many of the ilk of Saruman (and Grima) remain to infest the lands of men. The Elves have departed for the Grey Havens long ago, and thus Men must deal with their own fates.

Thursday, October 07, 2010 4:21:00 pm  
Blogger Albrecht Morningblade said...

Oh dear. The fog of war has thickened. I must confess that I am finding this rather entertaining. Bread & circuses, what?

Friday, October 08, 2010 7:56:00 pm  

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