Alright here goes. I was watching LOTR - The Fellowship Of The Ring, and Gandalf says he searched for Gollum all over, but Sauron's forces found him first, and tortured him. Now, I'm taking it that whilst Gollum was being tortured, Gandalf was in Minas Tireth(sp?) doing the research? Now, does this mean Gollum took a long time to shout the words 'SHIRE! BAGGINS!', or is Middle Earth very big, hence why Gandalf had time to do all this stuff before the Ring Wraiths got to the Shire? ORRRR, was Gandalf searching for Gollum on his way to Minas Tireth, but gave up, did the research, and went back to the Shire? I know this seems confusing but I know someone knows the answer.