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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 203 - Batsignal

9th April 2015 (12:16)

Some more characters we've not seen for a long time!

For Sauron's song, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsIfeALyEnA (I hope after they made that video they fished those bottles out of the river again...)

Part 203: Batsignal

Next time: Part 204: Rescue mission

Chibis by tektek.org
Original story by and copyright to J R R Tolkien, ed. C Tolkien: Primarily based on the Silmarillion, but incorporating ideas from the 12-volume History of Middle Earth series.
Questions and comments welcome!


Posted by: (bumbleball)
Posted at: 11th April 2015 12:44 (UTC)

Much as I hate to defend Sauron, I'm gonna agree with Anonymous and Erimthar here. Maybe it's because I'm not familiar with Andrew and Warren, whoever they are, but my reading of those first two passages is exactly the opposite of yours. (And if the reason I've never heard of them is because they're something to do with modern pop-culture, then chances are Tolkien hadn't heard of them either, so my interpretation is closer to his than yours is!)

In those passages, it's Morgoth who comes across as the annoying, nerdy, bratty, emo dreamer who thinks he's smart but has no awareness of how the world really works or how other people regard him. ("It's not fair!!! I'm bored singing this song! I want to sing something different! I'm gonna sing my own song! So there! Nyaah!"). And Sauron is the savvy, practical, ruthlessly pragmatic type, who sorts out the mess Morgoth has made, and turns it into something that actually works.

(In other words, Morgoth is me, while Sauron is my younger brother!)

As for the last two passages, claiming he's a coward... After the War of Wrath, Maedhros, Maglor and Galadriel also refused to return to be judged by Manwë. Does that make them cowards? Will you be picking on them too? (Especially Galadreil, who hadn't actually done anything wrong herself but was just in the wrong place at the wrong time while hanging out with the wrong crowd, and then spent until the end of the Third Age feeling sorry for herself because of it rather than risk going back and facing judgement!)

Anyway, back to Sauron...

You've already admitted the Lúthien is a Mary Sue. One of the defining characteristics of 'Sues is their ability to warp the fictional universe and make other characters act OOC. (The most important characteristic that separates a true 'Sue from a merely bad avatar character, according to the PPC.) So, you can't really judge Sauron from how he acts under her Suefluence. After all, Morgoth wasn't normally a lecherous ballet fan, was he? And Namo didn't usually suspend all of Eru's rules on a whim whenever someone told him a sob story!

OTOH if you still feel you have to judge Sauron by how he reacted to Lúthien, he was the only one Genre Savvy enough to recognise her as a Mary Sue and pragmatic enough to know that meant he couldn't beat her if he tried! That's gotta count in his favour, right?

More to follow in part 2.

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