I’ve just re-read The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings for the first time since grade school. I started to see, this time, that Gandalf’s designs were perhaps not as grand and pre-planned as I had thought. Did you see Gandalf as the great instigator of the quest, or as simply a wizard trying to do his best to position the free people of Middle-earth to stand up to an other-worldly evil power like Sauron?
There’s a feeling at the outset, when Gandalf the Grey discovers the identity of Bilbo’s Ring, that he is caught a little unawares. Like all good leaders he improvises but the Fellowship is not his idea. Gandalf the White is another wizard altogether.
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