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October 7, 2000
Gandalf is the True Hero
I originally posted that Gandalf is by far the true hero of
this story. I do not see how anyone can ignore that.
First of all, he was sent by the Valar, along with 4 other wizards to attempt to overthrow
Sauron, without the domination of man. Out of these 5 wizards, Gandalf is the only one
that really even tried. Radagast went to play with the birds and beasts, Saruman tried to
become a power and dominate, the others besides Gandalf just basically disappeared and did
Gandalf endured the years, trying ever and ever to defeat Sauron. After out foxing Saruman
he actually convinced the council to drive Sauron out of Mirkwood, which really saved the
ring! If Sauron would have been able to exist in Mirkwood, he probably would have found
Bilbo, before Frodo even entered the picture.
Gandalf went to each party involved in the war, and convinced them to join the war and
fight, which most were loath to do.
Gandalf went to the very gates of Sauron knowing his own doom, right into a trap, whereas
Frodo and Sam snuck in.
Gandalf sacrificed himself in Moria while Frodo and the hobbits pretty much turned tail
Gandalf RESISTED the ring, even freely given to him. That is something I doubt Frodo could
have done although he did fancy giving it away, but yet, never actually did.
Gandalf could have just sent the ring into the sea, saying forget about it, and I imagine,
though it would have drove him crazy, Frodo probably would have been happy with that. But
Gandalf talked everyone into taking care of it.
I think that the fact that Aragorn acknowledged him many times as the mover of all their
deeds, kinda hints to the fact that Tolkien himself considered Gandalf the central
character of this whole story.
My two cents...