Do you think that the mob would eventually add moral ambiguity to the NPC’s to expand on the “good vs evil” faction system?
After all, Tolkien was capable and even did write some moral ambiguity into his characters. You can see this most in Gollum, the Sons of Feanor, Feanor himself, and even a tiny bit with Sauron. Feanor’s arc in the Silmarillion is literally a parallel to Eddard Stark In A Song of Ice And Fire, and that is considering that they have two completely different personalities and mindsets and are in two completely separate universes.
The whole thing with the One Ring practically screams ambiguity since the ring is supposed to bring out the worst in everyone. Boromir briefly tries taking the ring to protect Gondor. Frodo fails in his mission by claiming it to be his. Gollum of all people is the person who saves Middle Earth from Sauron. It is either Gollum or pure coincidence that destroyed the ring. That is saying something huge. Maybe the reason why Frodo couldn’t destroy the ring was because he always held back his own darker nature until the very end, it had to be Gollum because the ring had already laid bare so much of Sméagol’s darker nature that there was no more of that nature left to reveal. Gollum no longer even cared for his own life, just as long as he held the ring, he was happy, even as he fell to his death from a slip on the edge of the cracks of doom.
The Lord of The Rings isn’t a quest of good vs evil. It is a story of good characters wrestling with their own darker nature.
In all seriousness, I am sorry I got so off topic. However, I just want to say that this was not a rant, it was merely me getting too caught up in the concept of ambiguity in The Lord of The Rings. I actually enjoyed writing this very long post.
I hope that the mod eventually adds some of Tolkien’s ingenious moral ambiguity.
On one hand reading the The Lord of The Rings as a quest of good vs evil is very immersive as a reader, but on the other hand, reading The Lord of The Rings as a struggle of good characters wrestling with their held back nature is very compelling to read. I am still shocked every time by how much moral ambiguity that Tolkien puts into his characters.