July 23, 2000
We’ve been betrayed! To think I ever trusted
Annatar! I can’t believe I did not see him for who he was!
Sauron, the highest of Maiar in the service of our greatest foe!
It was not long ago that his Master desired my grandfather’s
Now his successor wants my Rings!
This is not how it was supposed to be. These
rings were supposed to help heal the hurts of Middle-earth. Now I
fear if I do not act quickly they will be used to subjugate the wills
all living things. But I cannot destroy them all! I fear I
do not have time. Therefore I must send away the three greatest
the rings. I must send them where Sauron still fears to go.
But to whom? I will send Narya to Cirdan, for maybe he can make
of it. The greatest, Vilya, I shall send to Gil-galad, for his
may suffer many hurts when Sauron attacks. And Nenya, I will send
to Galadriel, for she also may make some use of it. But those I
not given out I must attempt to scatter, and those I cannot hide I must
destroy. Quickly! You! Take these boxes to the names
Stop for no one and given them to no one else!
Now begins the greatest work. My smiths and
I shall arm ourselves, and when Sauron comes to claim the rings we
not destroy, he shall pay a bitter price for each one!