That's very profound, Bruce: 'not faith in one's powers but to one's commitment for the task that was appointed'
. I think that's one of the biggest keys to Sauron's downfall. Everything was about power, it was the only thing he wanted and the only thing he feared in others, so who better to be overlooked and to bring him down than one of the most powerless. But committment to the task, that dogged determination of the Hobbits was something he would never reckon with. That one phrase:
'I will take the Ring,' he said, 'though I do not know the way'.
is the fulcrum of the whole book, with the whole Council, after hours of talk, falling into a profound silence before he speaks as though waiting for that moment when the balance changes.