I don"t have actually access to the publications right currently, but I believe in the publications Gandalf didn"t understand in the beginning that Bilbo"s ring was the one ring, so he did not instantly ask him to damage it.

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But in the movie, after Bilbo does his vanishing act in his birthday party, Gandalf meets him in his home, and as soon as Bilbo calls the ring his Precious, Gandals states that the ring has been called this prior to, but by someone else, indicating he knew then that it was the ring.

However before, after about 30 more minutes (in the time of which time, I think many kind of years pass in the movie), they display it as if Gandalf shown it was the one ring only after he pulled it out of the firelocation.

So once precisely did Gandalf realize it was Sauron"s ring?

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Gandalf did not understand then that it was the One Ring. He sindicate suspected it. He realised Smeagol had actually called it that in the past and also understood then tright here was an even deeper magical power behind this than he realised. He suspected it could be the One Ring, yet he required proof and also to understand for sure.

If you remember, he left the Shire immediately to learn even more indevelopment. Whilst in the nlinux.org this departure is a reasonably brief one, in the publications Gandalf is gone for 17 years, looking for answers.

You may remember in the nlinux.org he finds an account of Isildur, hidden deep within a library (at Minas Tirith, in Gondor). It claims as this manuscript shows:

It has actually concerned me...the ring of power! It shall be an heirloom of my Kingdom...all those who follow in my bloodline shall be bound to its fate, for I will certainly hazard no hurt to the ring...it is precious to me, though I buy it with good pain...

The marking upon the band start to fade...the writing which at initially was as clear as red flame, has actually all but disappeared...an enigma now that just fire deserve to tell...

Gandalf rushes back to Frocarry out and also has actually him cast the ring in the fire, as a last test. At first it seems the case may not be as feared, as the ring continues to be ordinary. As Froexecute starts to notification the Elvish lettering though, Gandalf"s fears are confirmed:

Frodo: It"s some develop of Elvish...I can"t review it.

Gandalf: Tbelow are few who can...the language is that of Mordor, which I will not utter right here.

Frodo: Mordor?

Gandalf: In the prevalent tongue it says, "One ring to rule them all, One ring to uncover them, One ring to lug them all, and in the darkness bind them."

It was at that minute that Gandalf kbrand-new.

It"s also worth stating that Gandalf"s suspicions were low before this occasion, as Sarumale had led him and also all the wizards to think the ring had actually been lost (from Tolkien Gateway):

In T.A. 2953, the Wise gathered once even more to debate about the Rings of Power. Saruguy quieted the Council claiming to have actually the understanding that the One Ring was shed forever in the Belegaer.

As Saruguy was at the time a wise and trusted leader, namong the wizards like Gandalf had actually factor to doubt him. To give some conmessage to the moment, Bilbo"s birthday at the start of the Fellowship of the Ring remained in 3001 (48 years later).

In addition, to delve into the lore of the books a tiny more, Gandalf began trying to find Gollum as soon as he left the Shire in 3001 (through the help of Aragorn). He went back to visit Frocarry out in 4 year intervals until 3008. He didn"t return aget until 3018.

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Some time in between 3009 and 3017 Gollum is caught by Sauron and tortured. He is inevitably released in 3017 and is recorded by Aragorn in the Dead Marshes. In the exact same year, Gandalf reads Isildur"s scroll.