In a poignant moment of the movie, The Hobbit, the elf queen Galadriel asks Gandalf why he chose such a small and thoroughly unimpressive creature as Bilbo Baggins to play a central role in the great quest to vanquish a dragon and reclaim the kingdom under the mountain.
“Why the halfling?” she questions.
Gandalf’s answer reflects the age-old Christian truth revealed in a pregnant teenage virgin … a shepherd boy turned king … fishermen disciples … and most of all, the Bethlehem stable.
“Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold great evil in check. But that is not what I have found. I have found it is the small things, everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Simple acts of kindness and love…”