[quote="pettytyrant101":2mijs5qd]I was rereading TT. And in the chapter 'King of the Golden Hall', shortly after Gandalf does his besting of Wormtongue in the hall and then leads Theoden out into the sun, there is this passage;
'Quickly now Gandalf spoke. His voice was low and secret, and none save the king heard what he said. But ever as he spoke the light shone brighter in Theoden's eye, and at the last he rose from his seat to his full height, and Gandalf beside him, and together they looked out from the high place towards the east.
"Verily," said Gandalf, now in a loud voice, keen and clear,"that way lies our hope, where sits our greatest fear. Doom hangs still on a thread. Yet hope is still, if we can but stand unconquered for a little while."'
A few pages later, as Gandalf is explaining to Theoden why following Wormtongue's advice not to hunt orcs in the north would have been disastrous for all Gandalf says this;
'Not indeed that prize which Saruman desires above all else, but at the least two members of my Company, sharers of a secret hope, of which even to you, lord, I cannot speak openly."
So if he didn't tell Theoden about Frodo or the Ring in the first instance what did he tell him in a 'low and secret' voice?[/quote:2mijs5qd]
That the secret to all of reality is 42.