Re: who in M.E. could actually wield the One Ring?
My...theory, I'll call it, is that the ring-lore that Sauron gave the Elven-smiths which was used to create the Three was from the beginning tainted with the seeds of domination by Sauron.
An amusing "mechanical" analogy would be a high-tech company (The Gwaith-i-Mirdain) hiring a network security consultant (Sauron) to advise them on how to make their new computer systems (The Rings of Power) secure from the ground up. Unbeknownst to them, there is one critical backdoor he keeps to himself, for the purpose of exploiting it later, once they've become dependent on their new systems, and taking control of their entire network.
But I like to imagine that Tolkien thought of it in a kind of theological way. The Elven-smiths gave in to temptation: lust for knowledge; and the pride of trying to halt time and prevent the fading of the Elves. Those sins were a kind of Christian Fall, opening the Elves and their works up to the will of evil, as personified at the time by Sauron.
edited for a lil' more clarity.
Last edited by BIGeyedBUG; Mar 28 2009 at 09:50 PM.
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