The Valar gave Elrond and Gandalf a ton of gold to gather a Fellowship and pay them to deal with the ring. They got a few expensive adventurers, but by drafting 4 young Hobbits they were able to save a significant amount, keeping it for themselves. In fact, none of the Hobbits even mention being paid. It’s why Bilbo wasn’t allowed to be the one to take the ring – he would have made sure he got some treasure for it. This conspiracy is plain as day to anyone who has read the books.