All tagged The Fellowship of The Ring
”…things that once were needful for the wise to know.”
The testing of the Fellowship reveals their own hearts and they’re not happy with what they see.
It’s no surprise then that Tolkien’s elves are identified by a solemn sadness. With their lifetimes of disappointments, losses, and pain, the elves cultivate the virtues of rest by necessity — being alive is exhausting.
“You will have to do without light for a while: I am rather shaken.”
“This is a serious journey, not a hobbit walking-party.”
“We have come a long way with you and been through some stiff times. We want to go on.”
50 pages of the most beautiful, pure, plotless exposition in literature…since Chapter 2: The Shadow of the Past!
There is no contradiction in Rivendell; the wise sing songs, feasts are necessary, and merrymaking is serious business.
This is why I’m convinced the greatest purpose of fantasy is to reintroduce us to a universe that sings, a cosmos.
“Is there no escape then?” said Frodo, looking round wildly. “If I move I shall be seen and hunted! If I stay, I shall draw them to me!”
“A hunted man sometimes wearies of distrust and longs for friendship.”
After dinner, Frodo draws the eye of Strider, a rough, hooded ranger—a group held in both awe and disrepute by the locals—and soon finds himself the centre of attention. The Ring works its subtle will and the hobbits once again find themselves out of their depth.
The hobbits say farewell to Tom Bombadil and Goldberry and set a course for the East Road that will take them to Bree. After stopping for lunch and an unexpected nap at the foot of a dark standing stone atop a green hill, the hobbits awake in a fog.
The ineffable quality of Tom and Goldberry make them difficult to pin down and impossible to ignore.