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2021.10.17 06:03 MisterHappenstance Analysis of the Watcher in the Water

Hello everyone, I hope your weekends are going well. I have had some more time to think about Tolkien's world, specifically, the Watcher in the Water. This will be my second analysis-type post here (here is my first in case you missed it), and I hope you enjoy it, even if you end up not being fully convinced by all of my arguments. I tried to go in-depth as much as possible, but despite the time I have put into it I still may have forgotten or overlooked some things (please forgive me if I have). I look forward to your thoughts on this, as always. Now, let's begin.
At the Council of Elrond, Glóin speaks of Balin's expedition to Moria. There are some lines which seem to imply that Sauron somehow manipulated the Dwarves into reclaiming their old homeland, though this is never definitively confirmed:

"...a shadow of disquiet fell upon our people. Whence it came we did not at first perceive. Words began to be whispered in secret: it was said that we were hemmed in a narrow place, and that greater wealth and splendour would be found in a wider world. Some spoke of Moria...".
Nevertheless, despite King Dáin knowing from personal experience that re-entering Moria was incredibly dangerous, if not suicidal, he eventually allowed Balin to depart with his colonizing forces. Despite initial Orc resistance, the Dwarves found some success for several years, recovering old artifacts and discovering mithril in the ancient mines.
I think it is quite safe to say that by this point, the Watcher is not by the West Gate of Moria. I find it unlikely that the Dwarves would have dammed the Sirannon themselves, and I think they would have noticed and attempted to do something about the abomination sitting right outside their realm. If nothing else, I suspect they would have mentioned it to other Dwarven communities that there is a gigantic pool at the West Gate with a terrifying creature (or creatures) that they cannot drive off or kill, along with the messages they sent about the general success and prosperity of their re-established lordship in Moria.
However, it seems the Orcs eventually counterattacked by the fifth year of the colony's establishment, invading from the East Gate. By this time Balin has been killed, the Dwarves are under siege, and it has become clear to them that there is no hope of escape, let alone victory. Óin's attempt to find an escape route for what remains of Balin's expedition at the West Gate ends with him being taken by the Watcher. They make their final stand in the Chamber of Marzarbul, and are brutally slain by the Orcs.
Now, at the risk of repeating my lengthy speculation about the events surrounding the Balrog, the Watcher, and Balin's colony's demise (here it is again though if you are interested in reading it, if you haven't already) here is what I think most likely happened given the clues and context we are given in the books:
The invading Orcs, acting under Sauron and/or the Balrog's orders, dam the Sirannon, flooding the adjacent valley outside the West Gate. This creates a lake large enough that the Watcher is able to be forced into it from the depths of Moria by the Balrog. The Watcher prevents Balin's forces from escaping the slaughter via the West Gate (we know this for sure, incidentally, as Glóin never hears about the downfall of his brethren in Moria, nor even that they were in trouble, though he suspects they met a tragic end). The East Gate is securely held by the Orcs, as their original point of entry. With no way out, the Dwarves are all killed, the Orcs consolidate their control over Moria (helped by Sauron sending his own forces from Mordor to reinforce them), and the Watcher, having played its part in the destruction of Balin's colony, stays in its pool and rests. (It is interesting to note here that when the Watcher killed Óin the water touched the gate itself, so it must have sunk a little by the time of the Fellowship [which trapped water does tend to do overtime, draining back into the earth], another hint that the Sirannon was dammed suddenly and for this specific purpose of trapping the Dwarves, likely very shortly after the Orcs began their counterattack).
We know that Sauron is almost certainly not responsible for the Watcher's introduction into the pool, as Gandalf guesses (probably correctly) that the entity has "crept or been driven out of the dark water under the mountains." The only being we know who has the knowledge and capability to navigate deep underneath Moria, and compel the Watcher to the surface, was the Balrog. Sauron would not have personally gone there (he was reluctant to leave Mordor until he was certain of victory). And we know that he could not command the Orcs to go down there. Even if they could somehow delve deeper than even the Dwarves ever could, Gandalf explains that the remaining mithril mines are so deep in the darkness of Khazad-dûm that "even the Orcs dare not delve here for it." If they were not brave enough to seek such a precious substance for themselves, would not look so deep into the earth to find horrifying monsters for a master they despised. The only other plausible options are some other entity or entities forcing the Watcher up, some kind of shift deep underground driving it out (such as some kind of subterranean earthquake), or the Watcher itself deciding to creep on up into the pool. As I noted in my speculation, both the timing and the context and information we get about the Balrog (i.e. it not being a fan of Dwarves remaining in Moria) makes me suspect that it was the Balrog which somehow compelled the Watcher to inhabit that pool. Sauron did not have the capability to do such a thing, and it is incredibly doubtful (according to Gandalf) that he is even aware such creatures so far beneath the surface even exist. It is possible the Watcher decided to rise on its own, with it following the water leaking from the new lake, but again, the timing to me suggests otherwise.
But the Balrog introducing the Watcher into the pool makes perfect sense. He lets the Orcs and Watcher root out the entrenched Dwarvish forces for him, and he gets to continue cowering beneath Moria, safe in the knowledge that no Dwarf will escape to tell the wider world that a Balrog lives in Khazad-dûm and risk attracting unwanted attention to himself from Valinor. So, the Watcher keeps the forces of "good" trapped within Moria, which becomes a sort of tomb for the Dwarves. We even see that despite the Orcs controlling Moria, the West Gate is ostensibly completely unguarded. There aren't even any Orcs near inside the West Gate. I think part of that is that the Orcs couldn't open that gate from the outside (what are the odds they know the password to get in? and if you get stuck outside, you would have to trek all the way to the East Gate to get back in, so there may be little point in even being in that area). But I think they also feared the Watcher, even if it was as malevolent as they were, or more so. It was powerful enough to block the Dwarves' desperate attempt to escape an Orc onslaught. So the Orcs left it, and its territory, be. Despite it being night and the moonlight shining down on them, there were absolutely no Orcs around as far as the Fellowship could tell. They may not always be on patrol, but it is worth noting.
Either way, the Dwarves and the Orcs aren't the only ones who come to fear the Watcher.
The Fellowship of the Ring, well aware that Moria could be very dangerous (not the least of which because Sauron offered to give it to the Dwarves when he was looking for Bilbo and his ring, strongly implying to Glóin and Dáin, if everything else hadn't, that Balin's expedition must have surely failed) went to its West Gate after Caradhras had defeated them. Gandalf is confused at first as he heads to Moria, as he isn't able to find the Sirannon (the gate stream which should lead them to Moria's western entrance) as easily as he thought. When they get closer, though, they find that the Sirannon had been dammed by unknown forces (though, as I said above, seems very likely to be the Orcs, though I suppose it is possible that the Watcher itself could have done it, or at least made the dam larger). Now, the valley that was there before had turned into a lake.
Now, this wasn't a beautiful lake like you might expect. It was more like a stagnant pool, the water did not seem to drain out anywhere or flow. What little life there is around it is essentially dead and dying, which implies that the Watcher is not a natural part of the ecosystem (if you were unaware that the lake hadn't always been there). Gandalf even comments on the "unwholesome look" of this body of water. They do not seriously consider swimming across, and make their way on foot to the West Gate.
There is a point where a small, dirty stream of water blocks their path. And something interesting happens here. When Frodo steps in the water, he senses that there is something evil, something "horrible" in the lake. As if there is a malevolent presence there. And when the last of them cross this stream, there is a bubble of some sort that they sense from the lake itself, as if the surface of the water has been disturbed. It is never explicitly stated in the text, but it seems likely to me that this is the Watcher doing what it does: watching. If it does not literally "see" them, it at least senses their presence as they move through its territory, paralleling how Frodo senses it (even if he is not quite sure what it is).
More interestingly, the Watcher does not attack right away. It doesn't even seem to do anything to prevent them from reaching the West Gate. And it has a long opportunity to do so, as it takes Gandalf longer than expected to speak the password to open the gate. Several important things happen first:

  1. Gandalf tells Sam that they cannot take Bill the Pony into the mines, and they take what they can from the animal before preparing to set him loose.
  2. Boromir, impatient with Gandalf's lack of progress, and hating the ominous lake next to them, throws a rock into it.
  3. Gandalf suddenly guesses the password, and the West Gate finally opens.

When Gandalf announced that he has solved the "riddle" and that now is the time for them all to enter, the Watcher, which seems to have been triggered (perhaps re-awoken) by Boromir's foolish stone made its way to the West Gate. It seems to have been moving relatively quickly, though not incredibly so (ripples lap the shore, rather than larger waves crashing on it). But it seems to choose the perfect moment to strike, with the Fellowship is somewhat distracted with Gandalf's success.
It targets Frodo, and something very curious happens. It grabs the Ring Bearer's foot, dragging him into the lake. But Sam is the only one to retaliate against the creature initially, with the rest being frozen with horror. Keep in mind that one of those is Gandalf, a Maia, and he is horrified by this entity. So much so that he, along with Aragorn, are much slower than Sam to save Frodo.
Gandalf, rather than fight the creature, urges the Fellowship to flee into the mines, and they do so once Frodo is freed. Ultimately, the confrontation with the monster ends with the Watcher violently shutting them in Moria. The Dwarves may be long-gone, but the Watcher still is playing its role in keeping the forces of good locked inside Khazad-dûm, to be finished off by the Orcs, or perhaps by the Balrog itself. I spoke of this in my previous post, but the fact that the Watcher shut them in, rather than pursuing them or merely letting them go, implies an intelligence and malice beyond that of a mere beast. It took the effort to shut them in and uproot the trees, which it had obviously never done before. I think it was likely either a fit of rage and frustration over not being able to secure the Ring for itself, or it was determined to seal the Fellowship inside Moria.
We obviously don't know what would have happened had Boromir not alerted the creature again to their presence, but I think there is a decent chance that it may have simply let them walk into Moria (especially if they didn't have the Ring with them). Like I have previously said, it seems less concerned with keeping things out like a traditional guard dog per se, and more concerned with keeping things in (especially Balin's dwarves).
In any case, with the Fellowship having escaped its clutches, it probably rests again, waiting and watching.
Frodo briefly asks Gandalf about what the Watcher was. Gandalf does not know exactly, and isn't even sure if it was one creature or multiple, but he implies that it was an incredibly ancient and evil being:
"Something has crept or been driven out of the dark water under the mountains. There are older and fouler things than orcs in the deep places of the world."
"Older and fouler than orcs" is quite a statement, considering that they were created/bred by Morgoth as his soldiers in the First Age. What could the Watcher be, so that it would be even worse than them?

Well, if I'm right about all this, we now know why the Watcher is there, and what it is doing there (or at the very least, a plausible explanation derived from both the text and lore that doesn't stray outside of Tolkien's canon). We even know why it did what it did when it met the Fellowship. (But you already knew that, or at least most of it, if you read my previous post).
Now, though, I will attempt to answer what, exactly, the Watcher is.
From a purely literary standpoint, the Watcher in the Water is obviously a threshold guardian. It is the point of no return for the heroes. Once they have crossed the West Gate of Khazad-dûm they cannot return home. They must travel through Moria, they literally have no choice but to continue their quest.
The Watcher's true nature, though, is much more difficult to determine. We do have some intriguing hints, though, that allow us to make an educated guess with a high degree of confidence.
We can guess that the Watcher is not a Maia (and definitely not a Vala). It does seem quite improbable that Tolkien would have neglected to mention that in any of his other writings or letters. We can also make the guess that it is not a random, natural animal of Middle Earth (in the same sense that, say, the Mûmakil are) given Frodo and the Fellowship's reaction to it. Fear is understandable for a dangerous, but non-sentient animal, horror less so I think). And most animals do not seem too interested in the Ring, most non-sapient, non-sentient creatures do not. Most sentient/sapient beings seem to have at least some interest in it, consciously or not. (There are only two major, explicit exceptions I can think of- Tom Bombadil and Shelob). The Ring tempts, if my understanding is correct, by promising to help the bearer achieve their ambitions through its power of dominating and subjugating the wills of others to the bearer's own. And it attracts evil. Not like an obvious beacon, but evil people and creatures in particular are drawn to it, from Gollum to Saruman. Furthermore, as I have stated, its behavior does not seem to be that of a dumb animal, but of a cunning predator. The dwarves' name for its, the Watcher, implies purpose and intelligence.
Now, how intelligent this creature is, I admittedly do not know. But I would not be shocked if it did indeed have Shelob-level (or higher) intellect, given its probable attraction to the Ring (it is possible that it going after Frodo first was random, but seems unlikely to me, especially given that Bill the Pony would have been a better target if it was just going for an easy, filling meal). There is also the fact that Tolkien wrote in the Appendices that the dwarves would reclaim Moria in the Fourth Age, with no indication of what happens to the Watcher and its lake home. The canonicity of this event is up for debate, but unless Tolkien completely forgot about the creature, Durin the Last and his kin would have had a confrontation with it to secure the Dwarrowdelf. Tolkien not mentioning its demise suggests to me that the creature escaped (or died of alternative causes by that point, though the longevity and strength of the Watcher seems to make this doubtful). This is something of a stretch, but the Watcher would have been clever enough, if this was the case, to know when to retreat, probably back into the deep, dark waters from whence it came.
Having done our best to judge its mental capacities, we can try to determine its physical ones. It seems very long lived, and if my speculation is correct, it is many thousands of years old, having lived through at a bare minimum a good part of the First Age and all of the Second and Third Ages. It is incredibly strong, able to slaughter Dwarves, threaten the Fellowship, and close the West Gate doors and throw gigantic, ancient trees across them in either a fit or rage or calculated maneuver. It is foul, it seems to pollute the water it is in, and its presence seems to sicken, kill, and decay plant life in and around it, and when it thrashes its many arms out there is a "horrible stench." It is difficult to gauge its speed, but it seems to be able to move fairly easily in its pool. Most interestingly, to me, its tentacles are described as "long, sinuous, pale-green, and luminous, with a fingered end." The fact that its tentacles have "fingered end[s]" is interesting to me, as krakens and cephalopods in Norse mythology (which the Watcher is almost certainly inspired by, given how Moria itself is extremely heavily inspired by it) are not described that way. It implies to me that the Watcher is adept at grabbing things (as fingers do) whether a dwarf, or Frodo, or food. The tentacles being luminous suggests that the Watcher comes from, or has adapted to, a dark environment, where light is very scarce. The size of the Watcher is also tough to determine, but given that it seems to fit in the lake (the former valley the Sirannon ran through) with some room to spare, it is probably smaller than the mythological krakens, though still considerable in size (perhaps comparable to the giant and titan squids of our world, although that is entirely speculation).
The Watcher is likely one being, or at least it acts as one, with its arms "all guided by one purpose." I hesitate to definitively, conclusively say the Watcher is a single being, but thematically it makes sense. One threshold guardian for entering Moria. One for Mordor (with Shelob). With them both, the heroes can only move forward, and so they in some ways the monsters parallel and mirror each other. So if I had to guess, and I do for this analysis, I would bet money on the Watcher being one being, and probably kraken/cephalopod-inspired, although of course with Tolkien's creativity it is a little different than how krakens were depicted in Norse mythology (such as with the fingered tentacles, and it having at least twenty-one of them if it is truly one being). With respect to J. E. A. Tyler, I think it is almost certain that it is not a cold drake (why would it have tentacles)? And I believe it is even less likely to be the Balrog (or Gandalf would have mentioned it, as he fought the Balrog in its "drenched" form in the deep water beneath Moria, though admittedly he may not have gotten a great look in the dark). The Balrog, for reasons I have already discussed, is reticent to leave Moria for almost any reason, I do not know why it would be waiting in the lake outside of it particularly given its aversion to water (which seems to weaken it).
So, I believe the Watcher is, or has the form of a kraken or kraken-like being. But it is not a natural kraken, so to speak, of Arda. I can say, with very little doubt, that it is a corruption of Morgoth's from the beginning of Arda's history.
Not a Maia, or probably not anyway (although an interesting note from the recently published The Nature of Middle-Earth explains that the Maiar corrupted by MelkoMorgoth literally stank, which is probably the strongest/only clue to suggest the Watcher may be among the ranks of the Ainur after all). I think there are three possibilities remaining for what it actually is without veering away from established canon:

  1. A corrupted creature of Ulmo/mockery of one of Ulmo's creatures.
  2. A corrupted "lesser" spirit (like an "evil" version of Tom Bombadil or Goldberry, two nature spirits).
  3. A Nameless Thing, which I believe are most likely either the very first of MelkoMorgoth's creations/corruptions at the beginning of Arda's history, or (my personal belief) the result of the discord introduced by Melkor in the Music of the Ainur.

Now, I am not ready to release my theory on what the Nameless Things are (I believe I have finally figured them out as of a few weeks or so ago. My post on them here will quite possibly be my magnum opus, and may not be ready by the end of this year). But I think that the Watcher in the Water is kind of a combination of all three: it is a corrupted "nature" spirit, created during the discord during the Music, which (incidentally) is at least superficially shaped like the cephalopods of Ulmo's waters.
Again, without going into my theory on the Nameless Things too deeply, I think it is important to remember that at the very beginning, Eru Ilúvatar created the Ainur (the Valar and Maiar) and no other beings existed yet. This seems to indicate that, along with the other living beings of Arda (and Arda itself), the obscurer lesser spirits (spirits which were not part of the Ainur) were also "sung" into existence. As I hinted earlier, Frodo meets two of them, Tom Bombadil and his wife, Goldberry. Tom considers himself oldest, who was there "before the Dark Lord came from Outside" (referring to Morgoth). And it is hinted that there are others as well. Whatever was the source of the fell voices in the wind on Caradhras may be one or more of them (the mountain seems to be a focal point of Morgoth's evil, in all likelihood it is not coincidental that the Watcher, Balrog, and Nameless Things congregate under and around there). The Watcher was sung into existence, but Melkor's discord ruined its form and nature and made it horrible, twisted, and evil. For nothing is evil in the beginning, even a horrible abomination like the Watcher. But the Nameless Things were about as close as you get, and arguably the first of Morgoth's victims (no wonder they terrified Gandalf, and the Watcher froze the Fellowship with horror). Nevertheless, they took form in the world, and lived in the dark; away from light, knowledge, and from creatures which could give them names. With only one exception that we know of: the Watcher in the Water. Strong, dangerous, and foul; it was a nature spirit of the deep caverns and waters which was used by a malevolent being even more powerful than it was.

In conclusion, the Watcher in the Water was an evil spirit which took or was corrupted into the shape of a cephalopod or kraken, and with the creation of Arda was "born" in the deep waters under what would become the Misty Mountains. It lived its life endlessly swimming for millennia in the dark abyss, until one day it made its way up through the tunnels gnawed by its fellow Nameless Things. It made its home in a new environment, a lake formed outside of the West Gate of Moria, which would grow nearly as foul and foreboding as the Watcher itself was. It is where it would rest, and where it would watch for Balin's dwarves, and later on, for the Fellowship, the Watcher of the West Gate of Moria.

Thank you so much for reading this, if you have made it all the way through. Like I said above, I am quite curious to see what you all think, and I will be waiting and watching.
Please let me know if you are interested in more of these types of posts. I have been obsessed with the Watcher and the Nameless Things for a long time, and like I said above, I think I have recently solved the mystery of the latter. It will be quite a long, intense post though, and it will take a long time to do (still doing some research, etcetera for it, I probably won't have it ready before 2022). It's why I love Tolkien so much though: even in an admittedly niche and obscure part of his work, there is so much wonder and magic to explore. We are so lucky that we have this. Thank you all, again.
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2021.10.17 06:02 Ckopen Looking for a guild starter mod

a while back i was looking for a mod similar to that guild starter mod from skyrim, and i remember finding one, but i never ended up downloading it cuz my game went and shat all over itself. im once again re-entering the modding gauntlet and really want to finally give this mod a try, but now i just cant seem to find it. all i can really remember is that i believe it was tied to a specific building rather than the guild stone like the skyrim one, they were really held back about their use of the word "guild" so i actually had to find it on accident the first time. if anybody can either help me find this mod or confirm that i am indeed going absolutely fucking bananas, that would be greatly appreciated
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2021.10.17 06:02 helpwhyamiadinosaur Are there guns in strahd?

So I talking with some of my players and strahd feels like it's around the 1600s. So they'd have like pistols and muskets right?
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2021.10.17 06:02 smartybrome Practicas y laboratorios de ciberseguridad

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2021.10.17 06:02 D1zzzle Use 8BitDo M30 Bluetooth controller with Retrobit Saturn Bluetooth dongle?

Just curious if anyone has tried using the M30 with the Retrobit Saturn Bluetooth dongle? I know the dongle works with a variety of controllers... Xbox One, Switch, PS4...
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2021.10.17 06:02 Hazys Urban Decay x Marvels Eternals Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay x Marvels Eternals Eyeshadow Palette submitted by Hazys to RetroWorldNews [link] [comments]