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The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien - Barron's Booknotes
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The Ents, like the forces of good, believe in the importance
of free will. They're very independent and can't be forced to
do something they don't want to do. Treebeard can only
lead by convincing them he is right. After a lengthy council
meeting, they decide to march on Isengard, to stop

The story at this point returns to Aragorn, Legolas, and
Gimli. In the forest they meet Gandalf, who tells them that
Merry and Pippin are in safe hands. They learn from the
wizard how he fought with the Balrog after his fall and at
last overcame him. Gandalf passed through fire and death
and emerged renewed. He is no longer Gandalf the Grey,
but Gandalf the White, taking Saruman's place.

Gandalf points out that there is a purpose at work in the
world. If Merry and Pippin hadn't come on the quest, they
would not have been there for Boromir to protect. Their
presence saved Boromir by giving him an opportunity for
redemption through sacrificing himself for the sake of
others. Gandalf also points out how the work of evil can be
turned to good purpose: The orcs' capture of Merry and
Pippin resulted in the arrival of the hobbits in Fangorn
Forest just in time to arouse the Ents against Saruman.

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