|Just What Was Gandalf's Plan?
||[Jan. 29th, 2004|06:19 pm]
'Dark is the water of Kheled-zâram,' said Gimli, 'and cold are the springs of Kibil-nâla. My heart trembles at the thought that I may see them soon.'|
'May you have joy of the sight, my good dwarf!' said Gandalf. 'But whatever you may do, we at least cannot stay in that valley. We must go down the Silverlode into the secret woods, and so to the Great River, and
'Yes, and where then?' asked Merry.
'To the end of the journey - in the end,' said Gandalf. 'We cannot look too far ahead(...)'
--The Lord of the Rings, p.276 (2nd ed., single-volume, 1968-2003).
While things did work out in the end otherwise, it's still an interesting question - had Gandalf passed through Moria, what road did he intend to take? I do believe there is a quote from the Council of Elrond where he denounces any notion of taking the One Ring to Minas Tirith.
I would like to hear any commentary, supported by the text whenever possible. Was Gandalf taking it one step at a time? Or do you suspect he knew which road he would take Frodo to Mordor by? It is a question that later causes Aragorn some grief, in lieu of Gandalf's leadership.