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Angathas
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From reading the books and especially watching the films, I'm now wondering why Gandalf often throws around the word "fools" so much.

I guess he sees a lot nonsense that he just can't tolerate at times. But he also seems to do it when he has great Impatience. He often calls the Dwarves fools, and of course in his scolding of Pippin every few moments he refers to him as a fool (but an honest one). Perhaps the most urgent example is when the Fellowship was running from the Balrog in Moria, and Gandalf is hanging off the broken ledge of the Bridge of Khazad-dum and he shouts, "Fly, you fools!"

Why does Gandalf latch onto this word so much?

[ 01-03-2016, 12:28 PM: Message edited by: Angathas ]

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Hamfast Gamgee
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I think it is just a general all round decent comment he can make on people when time is short. He probably isn't the sort to go into expletives and call Pippin a Fcxxzzkkkwwwkr or the like and besides he does like his companions and wouldn't want to indulge in too much Orc talk so fool will have to do. The phrase does cover all basis without been too insulting. After all even wise people can do foolish things at times.He does call Sauron wise fool as well. He never calls himself a fool, though he does own up to big mistakes at times like at the Council of Elrond. He does seem to have a few choice words for Saruman at times, other than fool!
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