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The newest history of Middle-Earth (III epoch)

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Summary: Something that I came up after reading Turtledove's "Joe Steel" NOT to be taken seriously

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…and so, by the end of the III epoch, the lower classes of Mid-dle-earth fully understood and desired the need for revolution-ally-social changes. The main obstacle for this process was Gondor, whose rulers (the Stewards), were designing new tac-tics to conquer and enslave the still-free races of Middle-earth. And Gondor was backed militarily and financially by Valinor. Originally intended as an entrance for Valinor’s ideology, Gon-dor by now was nothing more than anchor of Valinor in Mid-dle-earth and was backed-up both militarily and financially by it. Also, Valinor’s influence was intensified by the - sparse in numbers but conservative in attitudes - elves. Although they were playing political neutrality, the elves, nonetheless, in their decadent, quite unrelated to the modern, lifestyle, songs and artwork, praised the resolute past (so-called “Mithril Ep-och”), canted the regressing customs, and generally split-up the working masses, distracting them from revolutionary flow and by and large attempted to make them forget about their struggle for freedom…

It was during these times that comrade Sauron returned to Middle-earth. At first, to throw his pursuers of the trail, he hid in Dol-Guldur, Mirkwood. But then the situation intensified. The last Steward of Gondor was Denethor, who seemed to be the embodiment of all the vices of his forefathers and prede-cessors. Physically sickly, full of paranoia, he was just about being incapable of governing any nation or country. And while comrade Sauron returned to Middle-earth, a kinless cosmopo-lite named Gandalf the Grey began to gain influence at Dene-thor’s court. Formerly a horse-thief in Rohan, later a vagabond and a carpet-bagger, he managed to establish a reputation of a magician and a wizard in the court of the last Steward of Gon-dor. He eventually became quite influential, and used this influence to undermine Gondor’s already precarious position for his own gain and for the benefit of the elven capitalists, who wanted to have their own puppets in the government. But, a group of high-ranking nobles (led by Boromir, the eldest son of Denethor), attempted to murder Gandalf to stop their kingdom’s decomposition. Though the attempt failed and Boromir was temporarily exiled, Gandalf, realising that Gondor was too hot for him to stay in it, fled from Gondor to Shire as well. All these events caused Denethor to fall into a truly in-sane state-of-mind, and in a complete loss of wits he killed both himself and his younger son Faramir, who was probably the only hope of Gondor to survive the oncoming political storm. At any rate, due to the newly created vacancy of a ruler, a certain Aragorn - an international carpet-bagger, elven mercenary and a colonel of Gondor’s Foreign Corps, already infamous for his bloody suppression of a revolutionary movement in Umbar some time earlier – declared himself to be the true heir to the throne of Gondor and Arnor, and declared himself the king of the United Kingdom, which consisted of Gondor’s old realm and the realm of Arnor, non-existing for an epoch at least. In any case, Aragorn managed to create an ap-peal for his unproven claim so convincing, that Elrond of Rivendell, the richest and most influential of the elven capital-ists (who had hired Gandalf some time before), even gave his daughter Arwen for a wife to the scion of the old blood-line, thus insuring a victory (rendered temporary and most brief), of elven capital gaining control of Gondor’s war machine.

Once he has heard these news and realised what they meant, comrade Sauron uttered his famous saying: “Ash nazg durba-tuluk, ash nazg gimbatul” (“Yesterday was too early, tomorrow will be too late”), promptly arrived at Barad-Dur, Mordor, and announced that Mordor was now a Republic in his famous speech. The revolutionary flame immediately spread through Middle-earth. Umbar and Kharad, weary of being under Gon-dor’s yoke, expressed a most profound desire to join the new Republic and promptly did so. But to secure the initial revolu-tionary success comrade Sauron stated the capture of Minas-Tirith, the very stronghold of exploitation and social inequality. Comrade Angmar, the commander of 1st Nazgul Cavalry im-mediately sets-off with his corps. The ataman of Rohan’s Cos-sacks, general Theoden, also arrived to defend Minas-Tirith, but neither this counter-revolutionary campaign, nor the death of Comrade Angmar in battle could save Minas-Tirith. The female battalion of the city guard under the control of the Great Princess Eowyn fell, and the impostor Aragorn fled on a boat with a flag of Valinor in an unknown direction.

After the fall of Minas-Tirith revolution settled all over Middle-earth. But contra-revolution movement started to pick-up as well. Rebellions began to break-out. Two saboteurs-White Hobbits, Frodo Baggins – better known as “Papa Frodo” – and his man-servant Sam Gamgee, make an assassination attempt upon comrade Sauron. They arrived in Mordor, and committed a number of crimes, including an attack on comrade Shelob, people’s commissar of education and enlightenment. They had also brought with them an extra-powerful bomb, of the “One Ring” type. Its’ explosion caused the heroic death of commis-sar Gorlum, who had valiantly penetrated the terrorists’ plans and at the last moments tried to stop it. The saboteurs suf-fered losses too: the explosion ripped a finger off from Frodo’s hand.

But meanwhile, using the absence of “Papa Frodo”, the work-hobbits, led by Lotho Sackville-Baggins and Ted Sandyman, arose, took the governmental power into their hands, and be-gan the revolutionary process. Local kulaks and rich-hobbits, inspired by elves and Tom Bombadil, began to struggle against them.

Meanwhile, trouble started on the western edge of Middle-earth. In Rivendell, the high-class elven bourgeoisie, led by El-rond, established a White Council, which took control of that whole territory. But Boromir, who appeared there shortly af-terwards, immediately scattered the Council, and began a new campaign to regain Minas-Tirith. However, in the region of An-duin, he was captured by orcish partisans and after a field court was executed.

Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam, escaping from Mordor, appeared in Moria. Soon they were joined by Aragorn and Gandalf, and together they started a rebellion. In an unequal battle over the Bridge of Khazad-Dum, comrade Balrog, the first chairman of Moria’s CHK, was killed. But the Red Orcs exiled them from Moria, and so, still full of evil plans, the conspirators, sup-ported by the elves of Lothlorien and Rivendell, instigated to rebellion the ents of Fangorn Wood, using the political regres-sion of the later. The infamous Saruman, accurately described by comrade Sauron as a “political prostitute”, after a short siege of Isengard surrendered that impregnable fortress.

But despite these temporary victories, the revolution was not to be stopped. The last major uprising happened in the Shire. Saruman, sent there to help with revolutionary beginnings, committed the mistakes and errors of the worst kind. Due to his false accusations, Lotho Sackville-Baggins, the true son of work-hobbits, was killed. Using both these mistakes and the unavoidable hardships of military communism, kulaks and rich-hobbits, let by Papa Frodo and Sam Gamgee, as well as Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took, started a rebellion. Both Saruman and his assistant Grima were killed. The gov-ernment there once again became anti-revolutionary, but only briefly. Under the advance of revolutionary armies, the re-mainders of anti-revolutionary forces, the elves of Lothlorien and Rivendell, Gandalf, White Hobbits – they all fled to Grey Havens, where they boarded any ship they could find and fled to Valinor. With their exile, the revolution of Middle-earth came to a successful end.

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