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The Kindness of Strangers

TariElfLady - 02 Nov 10 - 11:12 AM

Ch. 17: A Hopeless Fool

For a moment I thought there was hope for Saruman.  I should have known better.  He is too consumed by evil to actually change sides.  Nice idea though.

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The Kindness of Strangers

thelauderdale - 30 May 11 - 1:04 PM

Ch. 17: A Hopeless Fool

I can only echo what TariElfLady said about this chapter.  It is an appalling but, sadly understandable journey that we share with Saruman in this chapter, as we see him careening between hope and despair, the possibility of redemption and the ultimate succumbing to darkness, the impulses of human warmth and the corruption of those same impulses.

Say what one may about Saruman, though, he shows some steely nerve at the end of this chapter, in his dealings with the Nazgûl.  (Not to put too fine a point on it, I'd have been on the floor like a wuss.)

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