At times, it feels like those of us out here in AFGHN are on an epic journey....very similar to the one taken by Frodo, Gandalf and the Fellowship of the Ring. I have enjoyed the story since I discovered it as a young reader.
This passage between Frodo and Gandalf while traveling through the Mines of Moria expresses many truisms about life and what we all deal with while on our journey....Food for serious thought..
Frodo sees Gollum following the Fellowship of the Ring through the Mines of Moria and tells Gandalf. Gandalf responds to Frodo:
Gandalf :"It's Gollum, he's been following us for three days…He hates and loves the Ring, as he hates and loves himself. He will never be rid of his need for it."
Frodo : “ It's a pity Bilbo didn't kill him when he had the chance."
Gandalf : " Pity? It was pity that stayed Bilbo's hand. Many that live deserve death and others that die deserve life, can you give it to them Frodo? Do not be too eager to deal out death and judgment, even the very wise cannot see all ends. My heart tells me that Gollum has some part to play, yet for good or ill. The pity of Bilbo may rule the fate many."
Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought…”