3543Re: Sauron and the mode on the One Ring
- Mar 7, 2004Thanks Carl, that's exactly the quote I was looking for, but I was
unable to find it. It shows that the evil have only one interest in
language: It's a tool that allows them to control others. However,
it's an imperfect tool since it doesn't allow the control of their
minds, cf. some lines below: "(...) behind the words (even of those in
fear and torment) dwells ever the _sáma_ [i.e. the mind, note by j.w.]
inviolable: the words are not in it, though they may proceed form it
(as cries from behind a locked door) (...). Therefore, the Liar says
that all words are lies (...). In this vast network he himself
enmeshed struggles and rages, gnawed by suspicion, doubt, and fear."
So I believe that despite all mastery of speech, the evil'd still
dislike speech profoundly, since it can't ever give them certainty.
The Eldar, and especially the Noldor, had a very different interest in
language: the pleasure in sounds and forms of words. To cite again
from the Ósanwe-kenta: "Things may seem alike, but if they are in kind
wholly different they must be distinguished."
I doubt that kind of interest the evil have in language would also
generate an interest in scripts. And even if Melkor had learned the
tengwar, I don't believe (though I can't deny the possibility) that
he'd teach them to Sauron, just as I don't believe he would teach him
Quenya: How could this possibly serve his will of control?
OT: Am I right in assuming that Carl's quote of the Ósanwe-kenta is
the only mention of a language of Morgoth?
j. 'mach' wust
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