Alternate Fellowship ... or Not, A
But here's my question: what if Elrond had stuck to his guns and forbidden Merry and Pippin to join their friends? Who would Elrond have chosen, and how would the story have been effected?
Or another idea: Why did Gandalf so want two inexperienced Hobbits to come along? Machievellian Gandalf(tm) is one explanation; what about others? Perhaps a vingette could be composed about Gandalf's thoughts.
And yes, we know that there are literary reasons that Tolkien sent along Merry and Pippin, such as the theme that ordinary people can do extraordinary things, and the evils of bringing legendary characters down to earth, and all those things. But for this Nuzgûl, remain within Tolkien's universe, rather than within Tolkien's mind (if you know what I mean). Don't think about it from an author's POV; think rather from the character's POV.
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