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Old 10-22-2003, 09:03 PM   #33
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I don't think power or strength should be measured in how many battles one has won or how many enemies one has slain. Things like clever strategies and skillful diplomacy should also be considered, and in that arena, Gandalf took the prize. The victory of the Free Peoples in the War of the Ring was due to Gandalf's clever strategies, skillful use of diplomacy, and reliance on instinct. Another thing that made him superior to Sauron was that he never underestimated his enemy, big or small. Sauron's main weakness was that he underestimated his enemies, and thus, let Frodo and Sam slip into Mordor undetected. Gandalf was prepared for whatever blows (obvious or subtle) that Sauron was going to give him, and thus, helped the Free Peoples win the War.
But Melkor also was there, and he came to the house of Fanor, and there he slew Finw King of the Noldor before his doors, and spilled the first blood in the Blessed Realm; for Finw alone had not fled from the horror of the Dark.
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