Wisdom From Gandalf

This is a powerful quote from the new movie by Peter Jackson – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. We shared this on our social media channels and wanted to make it available here as well. Please share if you agree with this.



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This was said by a fictional character, Gandalf. It would be safe to say the really J.R.R. Tolkien is who this should be attributed to, but I think it is okay to just say Gandalf.

What helps you to keep darkness at bay in your own personal life?

avatar Andy Proctor (42 Posts)

Andy is the creator of T​he Returned Missionary (this blog)​, encouraging the tens of thousands of LDS missionaries who come home every year to continue to be productive, hardworking, faithful, and happy long after their full-time mission has ended. His goal with this blog is to help people know how they can live the gospel while living their dreams. He just launched his first book for RMs, called ​Live Your Mission: 21 Powerful Principles to Discover Your Life Mission after Your Mission, which is the first book in the L​ive My Gospel​ book series. He also owns and manages the LDSmissionaries.com blog. He is a regular contributor to Meridian Magazine and has been featured on the Mormon.org blog as well as LDS Living and Deseret News.


  1. Oddly, LOTR is the only thing that has helped me process and grieve through the loss of my mission. Ever. Good choice.

  2. avatar Aaron Court says:

    My first thought is, “is it secret (or sacred), is it safe?”
    On a more serious note, I believe that J.R.R. Tolkien was divinely inspired to write his amazing trilogy — a masterpiece for race of mankind. I remember that C.S. Lewis was his good friend, who has often encouraged J.R.R. with his writing, and especially in finding a publisher for his book. I understand that Tolkien had much difficulty in locating a publisher who would risk taking on a book so different from much of the literature of the day.
    Anyways, I believe that the themes of good verses evil, and the characterizations of the different ethnic groups, ie. Elves, Hobbits, Men, Dwarfs, is a fascinating and wonderful story, with a clear and powerful narration style.
    Your quote is one of the most profound truths of LOTR. It resonates with our scriptures — and I’m paraphrasing, “by the simple and weak things [of the earth], great things are brought to pass”. Of course, there are many more wonderful truths interwoven with the text of the story.
    Thank you very much for putting together this blog — hope to participate and contribute regularly in the near future.

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