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Gandalf: Love Holds Darkness at Bay

In the film version of The Hobbit, one of the elves asks Gandalf why he has brought a hobbit along on a dangerous journey.  His reply:

"I do not know. Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check. But that is not what I've found. I've found it is the small things, every act of normal folk, that keeps the darkness at bay - simple acts of kindness and love."

- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, film based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.