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I had no intention of forcing you to defend yourself!
Just trying to helo--but I guess I should have PMed you.
This part is really told in a very complex narrative fashion, isn't it?
It's a report of Gandalf's report--with lots of hindsight and speculation.
The reason why I thought the omission must have been accidental was because you say "next and last" in the text.
I see what you mean by "next and last". Sorry for formenting misunderstanding. I should have deleted the words because there was another even later possible reference to Radagast's presence in LotR in the Two Towers which is less clear but still often discussed/mentioned, that is when Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli stop along side of the eaves of Fangorn:
“Suddenly Gimli looked up, and there just on the edge of the fire-light stood an old bent man, leaning on a staff, and wrapped in a great cloak; his wide-brimmed hat was pulled down over his eyes” (The Two Towers, “The Riders of Rohan.”)
Many would argue that this is not Saruman but actually Radagast--whoever it was, by Gandalf's own admission was not him, it seems utterly unlike Sauruman in style or appearance?
Just shoot me! You force me to defend myself too soon; it's making me dizzy. I will be more careful and finish earlier next time, hopefully with more precision! Well, that's my resolution at the moment, we will see what happens when I am facing a deadline.
But it seems to me that you've accidentally skipped this bit:
For Radagast knew no reason why he should not do as I asked, and he rode away towards Mirkwood where he had many friends of old.
And then it is implied that it's thanks to Radagast's messages that Gwaihir comes and rescues Gandalf from Orthanc.
I did leave that out. I left a lot of things out, some more delibrately than others--I had so much more information than I had time to process. I had that point in my notes to include, but ran out of time as well as the stamina to keep writing. Thanks so much for reading and pointing that out.