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Old 03-19-2003, 09:52 PM   #23
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lindil has just left Hobbiton.

Well the briefest of answers is that Sauron had invested much of his might in his armies and had the the ring not gone into Orodruin, the forces would have cleaned up barring some miracle.

It is possible that Gandalf could have been sent back equipped to take Sauron out if all other plans failed, but it seems to me that somwhere in the Letters JRRT says the opposite.

Had Sauron conquered at the Morannon then the result would have been somewhat akin to a second Nirnaeth Arnoediad. Except maybe the Elves of Lorien and the West would have had time to get out, [assuming Cirdan had a few barges equipped for the Straight Road!]

Elrond says in the FotR clearly that Rivendell [and I think Lorien also] could not stand up to the full might of Sauron.
The dwindling Men of the West would often sit up late into the night exchanging lore & wisdom such as they still possessed that they should not fall back into the mean estate of those who never knew or indeed rebelled against the Light.
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