From "Tolkien: A Cultural Phenomenon" (2003) by Brian Rosebury

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‘A new Power is rising. Against it the old allies and policies will not avail us. There is no hope left in Elves or dying Númenor, This then is
one choice before you, before us. We may join with that Power. It would be wise, Gandalf. There is hope that way. Its victory is at hand;
and there will be rich reward for those that aided it. 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 can bide our time, we can keep our thoughts in our hearts, deploring
maybe evils done by the way, but approving the high and ultimate purpose: Knowledge, Rule, Order; all the things that we have so far
striven in vain to accomplish, hindered rather than helped by our weak or idle friends. There need not be, there would not be, any real
change in our designs, only in our means.’ (FR, 272-3)