The Great Problem of Power – FOR GOD AND COUNTRY

https://for-god-and-country.blog/2020/08/07/the-great-problem-of-power/

The Orthosphere

“It is far more powerful than I ever dared to think at first, so powerful that in the end it would utterly overcome anyone of mortal race who possessed it. It would possess him.”

J. R. R. Tolkein, The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)

So Gandalf says of the Great Ring of Power when he explains its dire potency to Frodo. Anyone who believes that he possesses the Ring will be in time possessed by the Ring. Anyone who employs the Ring to do his bidding will in time do the bidding of the Ring. And good and well-meaning mortals will not escape enslavement by the Ring of Power, because “neither strength nor good purpose will last—sooner or later the dark power will devour him.”

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