I love this book.

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I love this book.

Post by Sam Gamgee » Sun Dec 14, 2003 11:08 pm

People ask me, "How can you read it so many times?"

But how can you not? You get so much more out of it every time you read it. Today I read from Chapter III to the end, listening to music with my iPod. "Heaven" was my soundtrack to the Fields of Cormallen, and I don't think I could find a better one. *blissful sigh* What an incredible book. Here are my two favorite quotes:

"In western lands beneath the sun
The flowers may rise in spring;
The trees may bud, the waters run,
The merry finches sing.
Or maybe there tis cloudless night,
And swaying beeches bear
The elven stars as jewels white
Amid their branching hair

But here at journey's end I lie
In darkness buried deep,
Beyond all towers strong and high,
Beyond all mountains steep.
Above all shadows rides the Sun
And Stars forever dwell;
I will not say the day is done,
Nor bid the Stars farewell."

(ROTK, 216 - Sam's song in the tower)


And all the host laughed and wept, and in the midst of their merriment and tears the clear voice of the minstrel rose like silver and gold, and all men were hushed. And he sang to them, now in the Elven-tongue, now in the speech of the West, until their hearts, wounded with sweet words, overflowed, and their joy was like swords, and they passed in thought out to the regions where pain and delight flow together and tears are the very wine of blessedness.
(ROTK, 277-278)

Tolkien really knew how to capture the bittersweetness of existence.
[color=#ff6600][i]Workings of man crying out from the fires set aflame
By his blindness to see that the warmth of his being
Is promised for his seeing, his reaching so clearly[/i][/color]


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Post by Alatar » Sat Dec 20, 2003 8:42 am

Sam's song I remember well. While I was in high school we had to memorise a poem for English. I chose Sam's Song, and ever since I have always noticed when bits of it get quoted. I really enjoyed it when a few lines of this came up towards the end of Journey of the Dunadan.
Five wizards came from the West. One sought knowledge, one power, one conversed with the animals and the other two got into blues

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