Gandalf’s Anarchism

“Indeed he [Sauron] is in great fear, not knowing what mighty one may suddenly appear, wielding the Ring, and assailing him with war, seeking to cast him down and take his place. That we should wish to cast him down and have no one in his place is not a thought that occurs to his mind.” (The Two Towers, ch. 5, “The White Rider”)

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2 thoughts on “Gandalf’s Anarchism

  1. I was wondering, is Gandalf talking about Sauron and some kind of narcissistic delusion, his notion of some kind of unbeatable evil that cannot be completely vanished, a necessary evil. Or is it just his intense disgust to authority, his fear of the possibility that someone more powerful will make him obey their will and force him to do as they like, in contrast with his hatred for Eru Ilúvatar who will not, even though He could, take away his free will and just simply make his evilness disappear?

    • Hi Levi. As I read the passage, Gandalf is talking about Sauron’s assumption that everyone is just like him, wanting power and the dominion over others, and so what Sauron really fears is a rival version of himself. Sauron doesn’t have a disgust of authority as such, just a disgust of anyone else being in authority other than him.

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