Gandalf comes to Edoras as a beggar, and is refused admittance.
Yesterday Gandalf escaped Isengard, with the help of Gwaihir. Today Gandalf reaches Edoras. When Gwaihir helped Gandalf escape he found Gandalf on top of Orthanc by accident, he could not bear Gandalf far. Gandalf made the decision the to be dropped off near Edoras. Here, he would receive a mighty steed to bear him quickly on his journey.
Gandalf decided to approach Edoras as a beggar because he was unsure of their loyalty. Gwaihir had heard rumors that the men of Rohan were giving Modor horses as tribute, and Saruman’s betrayals had left him wary. Approaching as a beggar allowed him to see how the men of Rohan would react and learn more about their allegiance. The Rohan of old wouldn’t have turned away a beggar, things aren’t the same.
The next few days of September will be very busy for people in Middle-earth.
Thank you for your time and remember, a light from the shadows shall spring.
– The Wandering One