Gene’O is a prolific blogger over on Sourcerer and Part Time Monster, as well as interacting with many geek and culture blogs. He has been a real inspiration in the blogosphere, but he also has some deep insight into the world that Tolkien created so many decades ago. In this post he discusses the semi-sentient nature of the One Ring, and its effect on Isildur at Gladden Fields.
Originally published at Part Time Monster on March 7, 2014, as “The Death of Isildur.” This is the final installment on Isildur. We’re taking a break from these for the April A to Z Challenge, but they will start back up with Gollum in May.
I considered moving on to Gollum this week, but the Disaster of the Gladden Fields is too important to exclude from this series. It is in this episode that we first catch a glimpse of the One Ring as an independent character, and it connects the War of the Ring to the the First and Second Ages of Middle Earth.
Isildur’s position as the central figure here, and the fact that this is an event of his making, make him the most significant figure of the Second Age. They also make him a tragic hero (1).
As with most of the other events we’ve looked…
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