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Perhaps to introduce the Shire-folk to future dangers?

Aragalen the Green
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Dec 31 2012, 11:27pm


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If events with Sauron are unfolding as Gandalf (and others) fear, it may be prudent to introduce the inhabitants of the Shire to the dangers that could await them? They have been protected for years, and watched over by the Dunedain, and have prospered and know very little of the outside world. They do seem to know about Mordor and the Dark Lord, but as part of events that are in the distant past (as well as the King--that is why they have a Thain, to be in charge until the King returns).

Gandalf's recruiting Hobbits for adventures may be a milder way of trying to educate them to the potential hazards of the Wide World (although I admit "mild" might not be the correct word, if some Hobbits never return). Bilbo's adventure certainly opens his mind to a greater world view, and he even comes to realize that his adventures are part of larger stories and events. He learns from the Elves, Beorn, the Dwarves, even the goblins and orcs and Smaug. Although the majority of the Shire inhabitants think he is a little "cracked", at least they are aware through his adventures that there is more to Middle-earth than the Shire.

Even the Dunedain and Gandalf would not be able to protect the Shire if Sauron regained the Ring, and it would give the folks at least a fighting chance if they understood what was at stake.

Another point I thought of, is Gandalf's own nature. From what I understand (in the Silmarillion), while in Valinor he was a Maiar of Manwe, and learned much of mercy from Nienna, of whom he was a disciple: "and those who hearken to her [Nienna] learn pity, and endurance in hope". The Hobbits seem in a way to personify these qualities, and perhaps Gandalf realizes these qualities are necessary to resist Sauron and the potential Loss of Light and Hope.

Then there are influences greater than Gandalf's. "I can put it no plainer than by saying that Bilbo was meant to find the Ring, and not by its maker. In which case you were meant to have it. And that may be an encouraging thought."(to Frodo in Fellowship of the Ring, Shadow of the Past).

I imagine others have answers to your question that may be the same or similar to mine (or very much better!); I have not extensively researched all the writings out there. And I am not the best at articulating my ideas; even though I have read Tolkien's works many times over the past 40 years. Thank you for this opportunity though!

" Well well!", said a voice. "Just look! Bilbo the hobbit on a pony, my dear! Isn't it delicious!"
"Most astonishing wonderful!"

Subject User Time
"Why is Gandalf so eager for Bilbo to risk his life?" Entwife Wandlimb Send a private message to Entwife Wandlimb Dec 18 2012, 11:02pm
    Yes, you are right. Eärwen of Mithlond Send a private message to Eärwen of Mithlond Dec 19 2012, 5:26am
        I don't think it was as specific as hobbit smell CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 19 2012, 12:52pm
            A"foresight"... noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Dec 27 2012, 12:33pm
                Bilbo brought luck to the Erebor quest at times; maybe Gandalf saw that in him.// CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 28 2012, 1:26am
                "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit..." Entwife Wandlimb Send a private message to Entwife Wandlimb Dec 31 2012, 9:23pm
                    Hobbits as anachronisms noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Dec 31 2012, 9:31pm
                My apologies. Aragalen the Green Send a private message to Aragalen the Green Dec 31 2012, 11:43pm
    Perhaps to introduce the Shire-folk to future dangers? Aragalen the Green Send a private message to Aragalen the Green Dec 31 2012, 11:27pm
        The Shire study abroad program Entwife Wandlimb Send a private message to Entwife Wandlimb Jan 1 2013, 1:36am
            "we can't live long in the heights" Entwife Wandlimb Send a private message to Entwife Wandlimb Jan 1 2013, 2:13am
                "The memory of the high and the perilous" noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Jan 1 2013, 9:48am
        I always thought of it this way, too Rostron2 Send a private message to Rostron2 Jan 8 2013, 11:01pm
            The Freedom of the Bachelor Entwife Wandlimb Send a private message to Entwife Wandlimb Jan 9 2013, 12:03am

 
 
 

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