Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Wednesdays with Words - More Tolkien*

Linking up with Cindy at Ordo Amoris for Wednesdays with Words.

From the Fellowship of the Ring when Gimli is greeted by the Lady Galadriel and she shows compassion for his sorrow:

And the Dwarf, hearing the names given in his own ancient tongue, looked up and met her eyes; and it seemed to him that he looked suddenly in the heart of an enemy and saw there love and understanding. Wonder came into his face, and then he smiled in answer. 

From the same when Frodo stands upon the hill of Cerin Amroth in Lothlorien and can see the darkness of Mirkwood and Dol Guldur:

"In this high place you may see the two powers that are opposed one to another; and ever they strive now in thought, but whereas the light perceives the very heart of the darkness, its own secret has not been discovered." 

Frodo stood awhile still lost in wonder. It seemed to him that he had stepped through a high window that looked on a vanished world. A light was upon it for which his language had no name. All that he saw was shapely, but the shapes seemed at once clear cut, as if they had been first conceived and drawn at the uncovering of his eyes, and ancient as if they had endured for ever. He saw no colour but those he knew, gold and white and blue and green, but they were fresh and poignant, as if he had at that moment first perceived them an made for them names new and wonderful. In winter here no heart could mourn for summer or spring. No blemish or sickness or deformity could be seen in anything that grew upon the earth. On the land of Lorien there was no stain. 

*Maybe I should just quote the whole book and be done with it. Oh wait. I could get in trouble for that. ;-)


  1. There is no such thing as too much Tolkien...the man wrote for the be fair I have been enjoying your other posts too :)

  2. I love these. It is amazing what a quote distilled from the larger work can bring all by itself. I am pondering winter without stain. Lovely!!


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