“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.
“I always knew there were some who would not want this diary read…
…this diary holds memories of terrible things. Things that were covered up.”
– Creepiest creep, Tom Riddle, The Chamber of Secrets
Fool! I have never been bound!
I stood at Lews Therin’s shoulder when he did the deed that named him.
It was I who told him to kill his wife and his children and all his blood.
And every living person who loved him or whom he loved.
It was I who gave him the moment of sanity to know what he had done.
– Ba’alzamon, jackass, Eye of the World
Down to Goblin Town as sung by the Great Goblin…
This song is only in the extended edition, and not the theatrical, version of the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
The Great Goblin is of course voiced by Barry Humphries.
The song is different from the song the Goblins sing as they take the Dwarves down into Goblin town in the Hobbit book.
The end of time!?!
You live like a beetle under a rock and you think your slime is the universe!
– Ba’alzamon, sass master, The Eye of the World