Hello, I've looked, but I could not find a thread of a similar topic.
After reading the books, and having numerous encounters with some of Tolkien's less than savory characters, I sometimes wonder if ALL of them are entirely evil. The theme of redemption has always seemed prevelent in the books, (to me, at least) whether it be Frodo's redemption even after his supposed failure, Boromir's redemption after his attempt to steal the ring, Gollum redeeming himself by actually destroying the ring, or even Saruman's possible redemption when freed from his tower. Goodness, even Lobelia Sackville-Baggins had some small redemption at the end of the third book. It seems that Tolkien earnestly supports the redemption of those who fell from good to evil, but is it possible that some of the villains could become good? This is rather odd question, as many of the evil characters are accepted as completely evil, especially the orcs. If orcs were saved from the evil of Sauron's captivity, could one show them to be good, or would they still be completely twisted? If Orcs were originally created from mutilated Elves, could some spark of good be left in them, or are they really twisted and corrupted beyond the chance of redemption, doomed to be forever cold killing machines? It seemed that the orcs had the ability to think on there own. Could it be even possible that some could be born with some small good inside them? Also, were they all wiped out after Saurons downfall. Out of his power could some of them have turned neutral or even good if they were not killed by men? Has anyone else questioned this as well? Thanks.