Teaos wrote:Ancalagon the Black was the greatest dragon of the first age, he was so vast he blocked out the sun and when he was finally struck down after driving back the whole host of the Valar he smashed the Iron Mountains surrounding Morgoths fortress. Glaurang may have been the first, but he was by no means the strongest.
Fair enough, though I could as easily say that while Glaurung drove before him like dust the sons Feanor and Finwe, Ancalagon was defeated by one half-elf in a flying barge. Glaurung, OTOH, was only finally killed by a man who the Valar themselves will be required to resurrect for his help in the Dagor Dagorath. Either way, though, the point is that later winged dragons pale in comparison to either one of them - if the Dwarves of Belegost were able to defeat Glaurung in battle, my point that they would have been a huge asset against later dragons is a fair one.
Teaos wrote:If you house catches fire and no one comes to help your whole house will burn down. If it catches fire and firefighters come quick enough so only your Kitchen is gutted and some smoke damage to your lounge I would say that is a sucess.
Who knows how bad things might have been with out the blues. The East might have formed into a strong and stable alliance that could have totally wiped out the west. They might have launched more assults than just the two major ones. Maybe Harad would of been a bigger and more united force than what we see. Considering the rather lack luster job the three wizards in the west did in stopping Angmar, protecting the line of Numenor, guarding against the Balrog and the dragons. The Blue wizards might have done a hell of a lot. We cant really know for sure. The one thing we do know for 100% is they didnt fall to evil like Saruman did otherwise we would have undoubtedly seen them in the war as powerful leaders of Mordor. Whick considering they lived in the east is a very impressive thing.
There is unfortunately no way to know what became of the Blue Wizards, or what effect they did in fact have. We can say for sure that they weren't 100% successful; did they prevent a greater alliance of Easterlings than what actually happened? We can't tell. The Easterling forces allied with Mordor in the TA seems to have been similar in effect and proportion to those allied with Morgoth during the Nirnaeth; which of course occurred well before any Istari were at work in the Beleriand or Eriador. Based on what we know, it's easiest to pretend that there were only three Istari.
Teaos wrote:Do we know two clans of Dwarves fell into darkness? I cant recall reading that but it has been about 5 years since I read the complete works. I do remember it being said the Dwarves were almost impossible to sway to evil due to their nature.
Maybe not. I could have sworn I recalled that from somewhere, but I can't find the reference and may have just been thinking of the more xenophobic clans of the East.
Teaos wrote:I doubt the Dark elves of the East did much in open opposition to Sauron. But they may have helped the peaceful development of the men there. Lending spiritual aid if you will.
Any such "spiritual aid" or developmental assistance would necessarily have had to occur before the emigration of the Edain to Beleriand, and thus before the power of Angband. In any event, it's even written that the Laiquendi - even though they lived in Beleriand - and the Nandor did nothing, and even the coming of Galadriel to the Nandor did little to change that.