May 28th, 2005

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"the Shadow was only a small and passing thing"

Best wishes and great happiness to gondoriangirl, who has her Hobbit "Coming of Age" birthday today. Happy birthday, and may the hairs on your toes never grow less!


In other news, my review of Star Wars, Ep. III: Revenge of the Sith is now available at Pop Thought.


Now, in honor of gondoriangirl, one of my favorite quotes from The Lord of the Rings, a passage that speaks to the very soul of -- what else? -- a Hobbit:

"The land seemed full of creaking and cracking and sly noises, but there was no sound of voice or of foot. Far above the Ephel Dúath in the West the night-sky was still dim and pale. 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. His song in the Tower had been defiance rather than hope; for then he was thinking of himself. Now, for a moment, his own fate, and even his master's, ceased to trouble him. He crawled back into the brambles and laid himself by Frodo's side, and putting away all fear he cast himself into a deep untroubled sleep."

-from The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
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