I just read this:

Why didn’t they just take the ring to Valinor?

and was reminded that the Valar would not accept the One Ring at Valinor for destruction, and expected the Middle-Earthers to deal with it on their own.

The question is: Why? Didn't they regret letting the Noldor and Sindar duke it out with Melkor for years, only to woefully fail and have the Valar ride in to rescue them? What's the use in another round? Plus, it's not as though they're really letting them fend for themselves, they've sent 5 Mayar. They haven't even restricted themselves to, say, Vanyar.

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    No, it is all Eru's fault. He unleashed Morgoth on the universe and wouldn't let the Ainur properly clean up the mess. – Wad Cheber stands with Monica Feb 24 '16 at 23:05
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    @amaretto - The Valar could destroy it without risk, or just wink and make Sauron cease to exist in the physical world. Or they could keep the One Ring, because as Valar, they were more powerful than the Ring. – Wad Cheber stands with Monica Feb 24 '16 at 23:07
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    I sense reading HoME X is in order. All your questions are answered there. – Deer Hunter Feb 25 '16 at 0:35

You mention them waiting to attack Morgoth, but don't forget what happened when they did finally intervene. Beleriand was destroyed. And between the Exiles and the Numenoreans, the Valar had plenty of reasons to be reluctant to help the peoples of Middle-Earth so directly. They came to the conclusion the less they intervened the better. And that's ignoring the difficulty of even getting it to Valinor, assuming the Valar were willing to take it.

  • They could send a host of Elves and some serious Mayar... It's just Mairon, after all, not his Master - and he's already lost much of his power at the end of the 2nd age if I'm not mistaken, and he doesn't even have his ring. And all that is about invading ME rather than just taking the ring and destroying it. – einpoklum Feb 25 '16 at 0:02
  • Valar are to Arda as gorilla in a porcelain store ; they love it so much thay cannot risk further destruction. And the elfes in Valinor are not like warmongers noldors. – nicolallias Apr 6 '18 at 9:44
  • @nicolallias: 1. On what are you basing the claim that further destruction would occur? 2. Again, a few Mayar and some elves would do; and you don't need Noldorin warmongering, just following the leadership of the Valar by a medium-sized force. – einpoklum Apr 6 '18 at 10:51
  • @einpoklum: 1. war of Wrath, destruction of Beleriand. 2. From what I remember of Silmarilion, not all the Maiar nor the elfes in Valinor have spent so much devotion and time as the noldor in crafting weapons and armor. Being a maiar does not grant managment/logistic/battle skills. To me, all these explanations does not excuses the absence of Valinor people: it just explains. – nicolallias Apr 6 '18 at 12:22
  • 1. The war of wrath was Valar fighting Valar, plus huge armies and many mayar. None of that with the diminished Maya Mairon. 2. They can use the Noldor too if they like, they're in Valinor now. So are the Sindarin. And the Vanyar did ok last time I think. – einpoklum Apr 6 '18 at 14:27

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