In the Lord of the Rings, Gandalf the Wizard tells Frodo about the dangers he will face as the one who must bear the Ring of Power on a perilous journey. He warns Frodo, who is skeptical, it’s just a ring, after all. As a test, Gandalf challenges him to give up the Ring, destroy it.
“Try!”, said Gandalf, “Try now!”
Frodo drew the ring out of his pocket again and looked at it. The gold looked very pure and fair, and Frodo thought how rich and beautiful was its roundness. It was an admirable thing and altogether precious.
When he took it out, he had intended to fling it from him into the very hottest part of the fire, but he found now he could not do so, not without a great struggle. He weighed the ring in his hand, hesitating and forcing himself to remember all that Gandalf had told him; and then with an effort of will, he made a movement as if to cast it away — but he had found that he had put it back in his pocket.
Gandalf laughed grimly, “You see?”
from The Hole in Our Gospel, by Richard Stearns.
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