You know, if you are a dark lord and your realm is the most powerful on earth, or middle-earth, you should be able to get a hold of a hand full of midgets. Also, when you send a group of trained professional killers after them, then you should definitely get what sent after. BUT NO!!!! Not only do the Nazgul fail to get as much of a glimpse of the ring in the entire novel, they get beaten ravaged in a roaring torrent, shot out of the sky, killed by a crazy woman who actually WANTED to die, and torn up by eagles just before they rush to get the ring that they COULD have gotten a year before. And then they fizzle out of the sky and are destroyed. You know, one has to ask. How much were these clowns paid? I don't know, but whatever it was it was too much. Or maybe...they weren't paid enough. Perhaps that was Sauron's greatest folly that he cheated them out of their paychecks and so they didn't work as hard for him. So as a result the ring goes into the fire. You know, if Sauron had just emptied all the orcs and balrog and sent them to the shire to roast every little hobbit they could find instead of 9 people that nobody will talk to and who CAN'T EVEN SEE! Then perhaps he would still be the dark lord consuming all the world in darkness. But No! What does he do with that army that is so conviently behind the wall of Gondor? He leaves it where it is until it is too late to do anything productive with it but throw it away into pointlessly into Lorien. Then they go into a forest that has magic trees that hate them, yeah smart one guys. What would be really .damning for Sauron is if there was another obvious option he could have used. Oh wait! There was! There is always Saruman, yeah that's right the guy who got beat by a bunch of trees. Here Sauron had a powerful alley, willing or no, that he could easily have daunted into doing whatever he wanted. If Saruman had resisted then he could have just stuck a Nazgul up his... Don't get me started on the Nazgul again. Anyway, here is a army of ten thousand orcs and wild men, Sauron could have sent that into the Shire or at least he could have sent it to cut off the any attempts to enter Rivendell, which Sauron undoubtedly knew the hobbits had to pass through in order to get anywhere in Eriador. But I'm not finished, oh no (even though you might wish I was). Sauron had in his hands a virtual slave to the ring and what does he do with it? He just lets it go where ever it wants. That's right, I'm talking about gollum. How on earth is gollum supposed to get the ring if he has to cross half the world to get to it. That miserable gangrelly creature should have been stuffed in a saddle bag and given a lift to the shire by the Nazgul. But no, I doubt they would have even known what to do with the wretched thing once they got him there. How pathetic. Maybe the smarter thing for Sauron to do would have been to seek counseling and maybe get a hobby or even a girl friend. It would have kept him from doing things like making rings of power that dominate the world. Well there you have it. A true LOTR rampage. Something that seemed to be lacking in the LOTR section.