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Jun 20 2017, 6:14pm

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Secrecy protects more than one [In reply to] Can't Post

I always assumed the Wise were protecting Bilbo's location because they knew Sauron would bend all his forces in an attack if he thought it would help him recover the Ring. Remember, one of Gandalf's reasons for aiding Thorin's quest was to preclude or diminish the likelihood of an attack on Rivendell and/or Lothlorien. Smaug was gone but Sauron's strength had increased in the years since Bilbo went to Erebor. Once Frodo got to Rivendell, Elrond admitted that he could not harbor the Ring against a full assault from Mordor. An attack by Mordor would have been devastating, even if their ultimate goal was thwarted.

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