But the Hobbits may have learned it direct from the Elves, the teachers of Men in their youth.
The path seemed to be making directly for it.
When Frodo replied that only the things specially directed by Bilbo were being given away, they said the whole affair was very fishy.
If it had inspired or directed the development of the legend, then certainly the Ring would have been seized and used against Sauron; he would not have been annihilated but enslaved, and Barad-dur would not have been destroyed but occupied.
As the Power grows, its proved friends will also grow; and the Wise, such as you and I, may with patience come at last to direct its courses, to control it.
We cannot count on getting anything to eat between here and Rivendell, except what we take with us; and we ought to take plenty to spare; for we may be delayed, or forced to go round-about, far out of the direct way.
The light of the shaft fell directly on a table in the middle of the room: a single oblong block, about two feet high, upon which was laid a great slab of white stone.
It cannot be less than forty miles from West-door to East-gate in a direct line, and the road may wind much.
In this way they advanced some fifteen miles, measured in a direct line east, though they must have actually walked twenty miles or more.