Albus on Power

It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited for power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find it to their own surprise that they wear it well.

– Albus Dumbledore


This literary theme is actually present in Tolkien and Robert Jordan’s writings.
That power is best wielded by those who do not want it.
First you have the hobbits, willing to take on the task, but unaccustomed to the power that comes with it.
Then you have Mat, Perrin, and Rand in The Wheel of Time series…
Who, just like the hobbits, saw themselves as village people… Not powerful decision makers.
I believe it’s in the 13th book of the Wheel of Time that Perrin actually has a speech on power.

 

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