3547Re: Sauron and the mode on the One Ring
- Mar 7, 2004Carl F. Hostetter wrote:
> If I understand your point correctly, I think it is the ambiguity ofThrough language, he can't force people's "heart", but only their
> speech that _attracted_ Melkor and his ilk to the potency of
> language as a tool.
thoughts. I believe he'd prefer a tool that allowed him to force
people's "heart" directly, but there's no such tool by Eru's design of
the world. So I think he dislikes language because it doesn't allow
total control. Of course, he employs it masterly because it still
allows much control, but nonetheless he dislikes it, I daresay.
The elves appreciated language highly, not as a tool, but by itself. I
believe that this is testified by their language lore: poetry,
linguistics, writing, because by my opinion this lore necessarily
requires appreciation of language by itself. Since the evil lack
appreciation of language by itself, I think that they don't have any
interest in language lore. So I think that neither Morgoth nor Sauron
would learn the tengwar unless it'd serve their purpose of control. I
perfectly agree with Carl:
> And I daresay that evil despises everything except that which itSo if we want to speculate where Sauron could have learnt the tengwar,
> find useful for its own purposes, at any given time.
we must ask: Where could it have served his purposes? If the elves
used the tengwar for secret messages in the war of the jewels, then
the tengwar would have served Sauron's purpose. We only know that
Sauron required the tengwar for the forging of the One Ring. Could the
tengwar have served him in some earlier sorcery? We don't know.
Neither do we know whether the tengwar served Morgoth to gain the
confidence of the Noldor. Could the tengwar have served to control his
slaves? I don't recall any evidence of it in the Lord of the Rings,
and I think he'd manage without writing.
j. 'mach' wust
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