Here’s what I’m holding in front of me as I read about the terror in the world be it Isis or Sauron (Lord of the Rings). I want to have the courage of the small people. I will keep in mind Samwise Gamwich: “There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.”


6 thoughts on “I’m going to reread Lord of the Rings. I don’t want to be overwhelmed by fear and anguish. I want to stand in the sway of the mythic and heroic.

  1. re bright star as in Lord of the Rings and as in out my bathroom window last night. Not as high as star but lower as in a firefly. I have hope but sorry only a glimmer embedded in nature and not in man.

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  2. Great literature can uplift us. Thanks for this reminder. Auden said
    “The reader responds to second-rate literature by saying – ‘That’s the way I always felt.’ But first-rate literature makes one say: ‘Until now, I never knew how I felt. Thanks to this experience, I shall never feel the same way again.”
    [AUDEN, W.H. in “Literature and Growing Up.” English Journal. Vol.45, Sept 1956:307]


  3. Coincidences!!!! I was at Barnes and Noble this past week with Maia. I picked up a copy of The Hobbitt. I will start in on it as soon as I finish up The Lilac Girls,


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