In today’s Lord of the Rings passage we read:
‘Indeed you did your best,’ said the wizard; ‘and I hope that it may be long before you find yourself in such a tight corner again between two such terrible old men.'”
And in today’s Scripture we hear:
Some in the crowd who heard these words of Jesus said, ‘This is truly the Prophet.’ Others said, ‘This is the Christ.’ But others said, ‘The Christ will not come from Galilee, will he? Does not Scripture say that the Christ will be of David’s family and come from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?’ So a division occurred in the crowd because of him.
The subtlest form of subterfuge performed by evil is the division of good things. Denethor needs Gandalf; Gondor needs Rohan; the Elves need the Dwarves; and yet, throughout our journey, time and time again we have seen what little resistance is left against Sauron undermined by internal division. Denethor sees Gandalf as a threat, as opposed to his rule, and therefore would hobble to defense of Gondor to ensure his family remains in power; Gondor doesn’t appreciate the battles fought by the people of Rohan, or understand the resistance playing out in other realms. Differing expectations, differing desires, differing goals: all have value until they counteract the Good itself. We must be willing to lay aside our plans for the sake of the defense of all things; when Gandalf arrives, we must cease our division.