The Lord Of The Rings

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One might argue that attaining great power exists as one of the main goals of life, where one gains an amount of control and keeps that control to bask in one’s own success of the manipulation. Whether power be raising a family or a farm, controlling a business, or ruling a nation, power can often be seen as a gauge of success, and once one obtains power, renouncing that power remains generally out of the question. A few remarkable events in history and literature demonstrate how individuals who come into great power have a great enough will to then leave their posts of command. An example of this in the history of the United States is when George Washington renounced his post as Commander in Chief after two four year terms, then setting the precedent for all Presidents to follow. Arguably some of the most profound examples of the renunciation of power in literature are written by J.R.R. Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings, where the ultimate power source created contains enough power that the master of the Ring becomes in turn the master of Middle Earth, and absolute power follows in accordance to absolute corruption of he who possesses it. Many a man and creature wields the Ring, falling to the temptation of its power and the poison of its possession, bringing about death and evil life to the masters of the Ring.In Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, the wizard Gandalf renounces the power of the Ring offered to him by Frodo on the account that Gandalf’s appointed task stands not

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