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Friday, May 14, 2004


Your post made me wonder, too. I googled, and found this in-depth article that explains. In short, it seems that individuals who exist or can perceive the spirit- or Wraith-world are not turned invisible by it. Sauron, since he lived in both, was not affected.

Bryan, I'm not sure what disturbs me more. Is it a) the fact that I sit around thinking about this stuff, b) the fact that my musing caused you to start googling, or c) the fact that someone has written at length on this subject.

Anyway, thanks for the link.

Remember too that Tom Bombadil was not made invisible by the Ring. As Gandalf put it at the Council of Elrond, "Say rather that the Ring has no power over him. He is his own master."

It would have been interesting to know if Gandalf or any powerful Elf lord would have been rendered invisible by the Ring.

Mike Perry, Inkling Blog, Seattle

Yeah Mike, I had forgotten Bombadil when I wrote this post.

As to Gandalf, it's hard to say. I obviously haven't spent nearly as much time thinking about this as others have, so I'm not sure which rings cause invisibility and which do not. The Nine apparently do. Although whether that was instantatneous or happened over time is unclear. The Seven, we really don't know about. The Three didn't cause invisibility in the wearers that we know of, but then those wearers were ancient and powerful elves and a Maia (sp? I'm too lazy to check right now.)

That of course brings us back to the same question. Do Galadriel and Gandalf not become invisible because their rings lack that quality or is it because of what they are?

My guess is that if Gandalf, or any Maia, wore the One that they would not be invisible, but that is of course merely a wild guess.

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