| We speak of him being 'weakened, shrunken, reduced'; but this is in comparison with the great Valar. He had been a being of immense potency and life. The Elves certainly held and taught that fear or 'spirits' may grow of their own life (independently of the body), even as they may be hurt and healed, be diminished and renewed. The dark spirit of Melkor's 'remainder' might be expected, there- fore, eventually and after long ages to increase again, even (as some held) to draw back into itself some of its formerly dissipated power. It would do this (even if Sauron could not) because of its relative greatness. It did not repent, or turn finally away from its obsession, but retained still relics of wisdom, so that it could still seek its object indirectly, and not merely|
blindly. It would rest, seek to heal itself, distract itself by other thoughts and desires and devices - but all simply to recover enough strength to return to the attack on the Valar, and to its old obsession.
Arthadan was kind enough to post this quote (btw, where did you get it, Arthadan?) in another topic and I thought it worth starting a new thread.
As I'm sure many of you have read of my posts in the past, I am a firm believer in the cyclic nature of power, and this quote I think backs that belief nicely. Which then leads me necessarily to start thinking about that which can be reincarnated, or restored to former power.
I'm going to assume that the above is in reference only to the Valar, more specifically Melkor. Thus, the lesser spirits - the Maiar and so on - would not have the capacity to attain the kind of restoration that a Valar would. But, they would still have some form of restoration as they echoed the Valar on a lesser scale; Sauron to Morgoth and so on.
Thus it is possible to restore some semblance of the greater, elder powers to the world with a plausible explanation. I'm not certain where I'm going with this, but it got me excited,