There are many journeys the souls of Hobbits, Elves, Men, and Dwarves take during the War of the Ring. None are darker or more illuminating than Frodo’s trial of love. The light of this shines through, just as light and love shine through Bilbo’s.
J. R. R. Tolkien mentioned in a letter to Milt Waldman The Lord of the Rings is seen through the eyes of hobbits “to exemplify most clearly a recurrent theme: the place in ‘world politics’ of the unforeseen and unforeseeable acts of will, and deeds of virtue of the apparently small, ungreat, forgotten in the places of the Wise and Great (good as well as evil).”
But not all the Wise and Great are ignorant of the special value hobbits have. Gandalf in particular knows of their great worth.
Enjoy this journey to learn more about how marvelous these people are!
Read an excerpt here.
Cover art by Joe Gilronan.