The Lord of The Rings Universe

1022 WordsJun 20, 20185 Pages
Dark, imposing, devious, powerful beyond measure, Sauron is evil personified in the Lord of the Rings universe. He is the be all and end all when it comes to villiany in the Lord of the Rings tale. He is a major reason that the Lord of the Rings is regarded as a pinnacle of epic fantasy story telling. But he is not an overly complex villain, with morally gray motivations that some may say are required if an evil character, especially the central one, is to be regarded as important and beneficial to the plot. But the genius of Sauron's villaint is his absence of complex reasoning or motives that could be seen as not entirely evil. His one goal is to destroy the world of men. He can't be reasoned with or sympathized with, and this is…show more content…
Gandalf describes how it would corrupt him when Frodo asks him to take it, saying "Do not tempt me! For I do not wish to become lie the Dark Lord himself. Yet the way of the Ring to my heart is by pity, pity for weakness and the desire of strength to do good." This is an important aspect of Sauron's evil, as it is shwon throughout the story that while there are many that wish to do good, they are not strong enough to resist the Ring, or what it would do to them. When these characters fail, such as Boromir, it allows the reader to see just how twisted Sauron is, and how heroic and steadfast the other protagonists, such as Frodo must be in order to accomplish their goals. Frodo isn't the only prominent character to be forced to become someone greater than who they begin as because of the unstoppable evil of Sauron. Aragorn also comes from humble beginnings to change for the better. When we are first introduced to his character, he is a ranger. Quiet, lonely and brooding, no one knows much about him, and he keeps to himself. He described by Frodo as a "strange-looking, weather-beaten man, sitting in the shadows near the wall." This isn't the description one would think of when describing the heir to the throne of the Kingdom of men, but at the beginning of the story, Aragorn does not fulfill that role. He is afraid to take responsibility to care for anyone but himself. This is why he is afraid to claim
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