Yes i agree melkor is the supreme evil of the world but unfortunately on another forum a very heated debate has arison with people saying that Sauron was more evil than Melkor. They provide a quote by tolkien saying that sauron is the most evil of all beings that are rational in his book. Now unless i have a quote stating that melkor was more evil or was irrational i am afraid the agument is lost. there must be a quote somewhere.
Just so everyone here is certain Melkor, morgoth upon arda is the most evil of all beings so don't some people start thinking sauron is more so. Just something stupid which came up on another forum, that some people started saying that Sauron was the more evil.
Our members are more knowledgeable, most having read the books more times than they have watched the movies.
But evil is subjective. How can you judge how evil someone is? Without doubt, Melkor was the more powerful, but how can you measure their respective evil. From what I can see, both had pretty similar goals and lack of redeeming features, it's just that Melkor had more power to achieve his and leave his mark upon the world.
Melkor caused more misery to the world than Sauron, not because he was more evil, but because he was more powerful. Evil comes from within. It cannot be seen directly, only judged by the actions that occur as a result of it. Who is the more evil; a national leader who orders the genocide of another race, or the little guy who works in a paint shop by day, but is so torn with xenophobic predjudice that given the opportunity he would wipe out everyone who wasn't of his own race? In this example, the first man was probably responsible for millions of deaths, whereas the second was seen as being your "average Joe", who never harmed anyone. Which is the more evil, though? The second guy just did not have the opportunity/power to demonstrate his evil. In terms of his actions the two men do not even register on the scale, but in terms of evil intent, they are probably no different from one another.
Looking at evil in terms of what evil really is then; intent to do harm rather the scale of the harm it actually causes, is it that easy to dismissively say Melkor was far more evil than Sauron? In his acts we have more evidence, but that is a function of his greater power, rather than evidence of greater evil. Personally, I would say both were equally evil.
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