I have to admit I didn’t care for Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movie (subject for another post, perhaps). However, I did quite enjoy this moment. In fact I would venture that it’s the best scene in the entire film. That’s really saying something considering it lasts a whole 10 seconds.
Gandalf: Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay… small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? That’s because I am afraid and it gives me courage.
It reminded me of that chapter in Niall Ferguson’s War of the World where he compares the UK during World War II to The Shire. I wouldn’t mind reading that section again, incidentally. Something to do with an extended metaphor — Britain as The Shire and Nazi Germany as Mordor.