Dragon sickness
#1
Was it really contiguous? Why didn’t orcs and other servants of Sauron get it?
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#2
I think this was a convention of the movies. I don't recall any of Tolkien's (literary) characters suffering from something like that. There is a poem, "The Hoard", that kind of implies something like dragon sickness existed in Middle-earth but that's a bit of a stretch in my opinion.
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#3
(February 14th, 2020, 12:47 AM)Michael Wrote: I think this was a convention of the movies. I don't recall any of Tolkien's (literary) characters suffering from something like that. There is a poem, "The Hoard", that kind of implies something like dragon sickness existed in Middle-earth but that's a bit of a stretch in my opinion.
Is it possible that Dragons, having been 'created' by Morgoth, lusted after gold and other precious metals because of the 'fea' or 'spirit' that Morgoth expended into Arda in his efforts dominate it?  Was the power that Morgoth expended particularly 'clustered' in precious metals and gems?  Is that why Elves and Dwarves sought for and revered them?
"Never ask an Elf for advice, for he will say both 'Yes' and 'No'." - Frodo Baggins to Gildor Inglorion
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#4
I think that's a stretch, too. But I cannot think of anything that would conflict with your premise.

When did Melkor begin to disperse his own power into Arda?

If he began doing so before the Elves and Dwarves awoke then maybe they would be affected by his essence within the world. But there is no canonical way to justify or debunk that idea.
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