In the Snowden movies I watched today, U.S. generals and spooks are concerned with being prepared for any fork in the timeline (e.g., they install malware on critical Japanese infrastructure in case one day Japan is no longer an ally).
Gandalf has the same attitude in The Hobbit, at least in the movie version. He wants to help the dwarves take back Erebor in case The Enemy returns: a dragon would be a powerful ally to such an adversary. Gandalf expresses this sentiment exactly.
Now I need a T-shirt that says “Frodo was black ops.”
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