Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Alliances and the Council of Elrond
Our class exercise made me realize exactly how critical of a turning point the Council of Elrond is within the narrative of The Lord of the Rings. The Council had many options in regards to the Ring; so why choose the most risky and unlikely? Why did some of the most revered, regal, and wise minds in Middle-Earth decide to put power in Frodo's hands instead of their own?
I view the Council as neutral ground for the races of Middle-Earth, in which representatives of different races have to put aside their cultural quarrels and even their individual desires to actively fight against one source of evil. In this sense, "alliances" are loosely formed, or at least tolerated. The Fellowship that is assembled consists of hobbits, men, an elf, a dwarf, and a wizard-- representatives of each race, forced to work together towards one goal. For me, this draws an interesting parallel to the Last Alliance, which can be seen as the first defeat of Sauron. For the War of the Ring, then, Middle-Earth has to come together again, with each character bringing something necessary to the journey, in order to accomplish the final defeat of Sauron.