"Gandalf as Ring-Lord would have been far worse than Sauron."
January 16, 2014 3:54 AM Subscribe
Would the One Ring even work for anyone but Sauron? But does the One Ring actually convey power to anyone but Sauron? It actually seems to diminish its bearers: Bilbo feels "thin" and "stretched", Smeagol becomes the wretched Gollum, Frodo is never quite the same even after it is destroyed. None of them seem more "powerful," even in the abstract way that magic-users in Tolkien operate. No mention is made, that I can recall, of a Ringbearer having greater stature or authority, or of people naturally following them or obeying their commands, while they possess the Ring.
Of the actual Ring-bearers we have:
Sauron himself - well, you know...
Isildur - wore it for a few years, invisibility and possessiveness.
Deagol - never actually wore it, was killed shortly after he found it.
Smeagol - wore it for hundreds of years, longevity, invisibility and possessiveness, small and mean evils.
Bilbo - wore it for many decades, longevity, invisibility and possessiveness.
Frodo - wore it for decades, longevity, invisibility and possessiveness.
Sam - wore it for a few days, invisibility, possessiveness, delusions of grandeur.
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