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Old 05-25-2003, 12:29 AM   #32
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That's because they had the military capacity to do so. They had the troops to physically destroy Sauron's armies and then smack Sauron down too. In the Third Age the forces of Good could not do this.
I'm sorry, but I don't see how this has anything to do with what we're talking about. They had military might, yes, but in the end it was Gil-Galad and Elendil challenging Sauron to "single" combat. It wasn't as though their army was standing around shooting arrows into him as they fought.

Granted, the opportunity for this kind of combat wouldn't have arisen in the Third Age because militarily the forces of Good couldn't have threatened Sauron's power and thus motivated him to come out for single combat, but in the realm of "what if" this doesn't apply. If Sauron was matched in single combat against someone weilding the ring would he fall (or rather the original question was would he be frightened)? This question has nothing to do with their respective military might.

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