That’s a lot of quotation marks.
Saruman had said that the ring would never be found, as it had most likely been washed down Anduin to the sea. However, Gandalf had his doubts. He knew not how Gollum came by the ring, and what sort of power it had. Time passed, and after the ring was given to Frodo, Gandalf noticed spies increasing in the area around the Shire. He enlisted Aragorn’s help, and together they set out to hunt for Gollum. They had little luck. Frustrated, Gandalf realized that it might be possible to ascertain if the ring was indeed the One some other way.
Today’s Gollum Meter: 40 – “You’re way too hard to hunt down. Make it a little easier, please?”
Speaking of hunting for Gollum, there’s an independent, fan-made film about that very time from Aragorn’s point of view! The Hunt for Gollum is relatively short, and completely free online. It looks pretty good for apparently being made on a small budget. Check it out. Once you get past the fact that Viggo Mortensen isn’t Aragorn, you’ll be fine.
In other news, I think this page contains the first actual reference to the fact that Gandalf’s first suspicions about the ring, after Bilbo handed it down to Frodo, were over seventeen years ago. That’s a long time, in terms of a book!
Gandalf feels bad for not realizing the truth about the ring sooner, and Elrond adds that they are all at fault. This brings up why they are good characters, and why we side with them: GOOD PEOPLE HAVE SOULS. No soul, and they’d shrug it off like it was no big deal. Unfortunately, it is a big deal, and they accept that they failed in figuring it out sooner.
Had they figured it out some fifteen to twenty years earlier, could they have just walked into Mordor and destroyed the ring?
Either way, it would have been easier. That’s all I’m saying.
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You know what’s delicious? Mac and cheese. End of blog post.
“‘I heard them now clearly in my heart.'”