[LMB] Dark Brittanic Mills

Joel Polowin jpolowin at hotmail.com
Tue Jul 23 17:16:56 BST 2019

Pat Mathews <mathews55 at msn.com> wrote:
> BTW, thank you all for confirming my original argument several times
> over: that Saruman was not, in his own mind, a villain, but a Prometheus
> figure. Except, of course, in his determination to do what he saw fit
> and to blazes with the cost to others.

Few people are villains in their own minds.  There aren't a lot of
"Bwa-ha-ha, I am so evil!" moustache-twirlers outside of blatant
melodramas.  But Sauron went out of his way to hurt people -- "He
will bear thee away to the houses of lamentation, beyond all darkness,
where thy flesh shall be devoured, and thy shriveled mind be left naked
to the Lidless Eye" -- and I don't think he'd deny that he was doing
that for any reason apart from enjoying the hurting (with a side of
"example to others").  Anyone who tried to raise the issue with him
would be off to those "houses of lamentation" well before they finished
the sentence, of course.


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