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Octavian Augustus was the first Roman emperor, but what have in common between The Lord of The Rings? Augustus who succeeded in passing the Roman Empire from the Republic to the Principate, where the Julio-Claudian dynasty, followed one after him.

He was adopted by the great Julius Caesar, to whom in realizing the Cursus honorum that is the political offices through the military conscription, they led him to the wars against Pompey, to which under the leadership of Julius Caesar they defeated Pompey.

After the death of Julius Caesar, Octavian took over the situation together with Lepidus and Mark Antony, creating the second Triumvirate, going to war against those who killed Julius Caesar.

Then he goes to war against Mark Antony allied with Cleopatra, Octavian instigates the Senate to accuse Mark Antony of treason accusing him of creating another empire that is an enemy to that of Rome.

After the victory of Octavian came a period of peace for the Roman Empire, in which by crowning him emperor of Rome, he managed to better manage the Roman Empire under his presents. Subsequently Augustus adopted Tiberius who succeeded him after his death, causing the Roman Empire to go under the Julio-Claudian dynasty.

The presence and strength of spirit of Augustus made the Roman Empire shine under a great period of rebirth, to which previously many wars of revolt brought it wounded over the decades. The war between Marius and Sulla, such as the war between Pompey and Julius Caesar, as well as other revolts led Rome to weaken.

Augustus managed to unify all the provinces and regions into a single glorious empire with his strategic, military and intelligence power. His power will serve as an example to many other emperors who will take him as an example, trying to realize what he was carrying out.

Meanwhile in the world created by Tolkien there is his universe which can be divided into four eras. The First era taken from his work of the Silmarillion is the era of the creation of the universe by the God Eru Ilúvatar, to whom through his thought he gives birth to the Ainur, among which Melkor is among them.

It begins to be envious of the power of Eru Ilùvatar during the creation of the universe and of the earth begins to corrupt the song of the Ainur thus realizing evil in the world. The clash between good and evil starts the second era with the victory of good and the exile of Melkor, consequently Sauron remains a faithful servant of Melkor who begins the third era with the creation of the ring of power.

The story later resumes in ” The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring “, where 60 years earlier Bilbo managed to find the ring which he consequently gave to Frodo. Sauron sent the sinister Ringwraiths, in the guise of riders in black, to the Shire, Frodo’s native land, in search of the Ring.

Gandalf appears telling him to take the Ring to the Elven haven of Rivendell, so Frodo leaves with Sam, Pippin and Merry. The four traveling hobbits escape the Black Knights of Sauron and get lost in the Old Forest. Later they find Strider who accompanies the group towards the Elven haven of Rivendell. There Dwarves, Elves and Men discuss the dangerous Sauron and decide to use the ring against him.

However, Galdalf and the Elven King Elrond disagree as the ring is dangerous and, as Frodo appears to resist the ring’s evil, he is appointed official bearer. Frodo will have to take the ring to Mount Doom, the volcano where it was forged, and destroy it.

The comparison alludes to a strong power united to a single person which, however, could be divided, if governed by a weak power it can divide or destroy the owner and the people around him. However, an immense power that can certainly change the fate of each one of us.

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