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Gildor says to Frodo: “But it is said: Do not meddle in the affairs of Wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.”

He speaks as if the Elves have experience with many Wizards. It is later established that there are exactly five, of whom at most three are of possible concern to Frodo; and of those three, “quick to anger” does not seem to fit what little we know of Radagast.

Should we infer that, when he wrote this chapter, Tolkien had not yet decided who the Wizards were?

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    Maybe he's saying "I may act like a fairly easy-going guy, but don't push me." – DavidW Dec 18 '19 at 22:35
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    The Wizards are probably at least clever enough to put the idea in people's heads that maybe they shouldn't be screwed with. Add to that, Saruman and Gandalf were probably also smart enough to keep their limited numbers - and the fact that three had buggered off - to themselves or to those they deemed important enough to know. – Radhil Dec 18 '19 at 22:55
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    @DavidW Gildor is speaking of Gandalf, not of himself. – Anton Sherwood Dec 19 '19 at 0:55
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    Radagast doesn't really appear in the story, so we don't know what he's like. He could very well be quick to anger when dealing with people. Same goes for the Blue Wizards. Saruman can be quite unpleasant. And I'm pretty sure Gandalf gets snippy a few times. – Misha R Dec 19 '19 at 3:04

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