"Pippin cowered back, afraid for a moment, wondering into what dreadful country Gandalf was bearing him." - The return of the King.

I think it could be just "wondering what dreadful country..."

I have checked the dictionaries and found nothing about "wonder into"

Could you explain the use of "into" in this context? Thanks a ton :)

  • Try to think that sentence physically maybe? Like 'dreadful country Gandalf was bearing him' is a cave. And Pippin is wondering into that cave with a torch in his hand. He is curious and wants to know. Not be mistaken with wander by the way. – Grizzly Nov 5 '15 at 3:02
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    This is the sentence as phrased when one is not trying to end the sentence with a preposition, but the into could be put "back" at the end to yield: "Pippin cowered back, afraid for a moment, wondering what dreadful country Gandalf was bearing him into." – Jim Nov 5 '15 at 3:10
  • Right. Since ending a sentence with a preposition is totally OK for me, this didn't even come to my mind. Good one. Why it is considered wrong I can't understand. They make perfect sense to me. – Grizzly Nov 5 '15 at 3:25
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    @Jim I thought only "which" and "whom" allow the preposition to be placed in front of them. Is it grammatical to actually place preposition in front of "what"? – sooeithdk Nov 5 '15 at 3:26
  • @sooeithdk No, this happens with what, where and when too! – Araucaria - Not here any more. Nov 5 '15 at 10:37

It's a literary form of "wondering what dreadful country Gandalf was bearing him into". Give the use of the literary word "bear", that seems quite appropriate.

  • But you should never use a preposition to end a sentence with. – Hot Licks Mar 5 '16 at 1:35
  • @HotLicks - Hmm. Something up with which I do not put. – Rob_Ster Mar 5 '16 at 1:39

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