I was watching Fellowship for the gazillionth time over the weekend and was reminded of a couple of questions I had. Since I’ve only read LotR once, I wasn’t sure if if there are answers to my questions in the books.
It seems Gandalf knows about what happened in Moria. When Frodo believes it is the safer route and decides the Fellowship should go that way, why doesn’t Gandalf warn everyone?
Gimli wants to go through Moria and says his cousin (Balin?) will welcome them as honored guests. Why was Gimli not aware of what happened in Moria? Had it been a while since he’d last seen his cousin or the dwarf mail service doesn’t work so well?
This is a more general questions about the wizards in Middle Earth. In any of his writings on the wizards, does Tolkien give them any of the powers we now associate with wizards in fantasy settings: tossing fireballs, teleporting, summoning elementals, etc.?