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Old 03-20-2003, 10:46 AM   #24
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Iarhen has just left Hobbiton.

But I think that Elrond reffered to Sauron's hosts, not to Sauron himself. His power had weakened, not just because of the loss of his ring, but for all the things he had to do at the same time in the last moments of the Third Age.

Again, I presume that Gandalf had a back up plan (possibly infiltrating Mordor and vanquishing the Eye... Mithrandir, being a Maiar in full power could have banished Sauron, a maiar in disgrace)
"In place of a Dark Lord you will have a Queen! Not dark but beatiful and terrible as the Dawn! Treacherous as the sea! Stronger than the foundations of the Earth! All shall love me and despair!"
--- Galadriel when tempted by the One Ring.
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