Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tuesdays Are For Inspiration

It doesn't help my cool factor to admit how many hours I have clocked just from watching Lord of the Rings extended features. I mean, my full time job on Christmas day after opening my newest DVD box set was absorbing every miniscule detail about which scenes were Elijah Wood and which ones were really a middle eastern midget with a Frodo mask on. Weird? I know. I can point them out. Let's just say Peter Jackson should've been cutting me a check.

Regardless. Last night I watched Return of the King, which immediately makes me want to charge a gate somewhere and defend all that is good in the world. It also reminded me that the movie series is chock full of good workd, so may I present your inspiration for this fine Tuesday:

How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on when, in your heart, you begin to understand there is no going back. There are some things that time can not mend. Some hurts that go too deep, that have taken hold.
-Frodo Baggins


Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.

Pippin: I didn't think it would end this way.
Gandalf: End? No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.
Pippin: What? Gandalf? See what?
Gandalf: White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.
Pippin: Well, that isn't so bad.
Gandalf: No. No, it isn't.

Ride hard, don't look back.


Frodo: I can't do this, Sam.
Sam: I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam: That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... and it's worth fighting for.

I will not say, "Do not weep",
for not all tears are an evil.

Aragorn: What do you fear, my lady?
Eowyn: A cage. To stay behind bars until use and old age accept them and all chance of valor has gone beyond recall or desire.
Aragorn: You are a daughter of kings, a shield maiden of Rohan. I do not think that will be your fate.


Hold your ground, hold your ground! Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of woes and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down!
But it is not this day! This day we fight!
By all that you hold dear on this good Earth,
I bid you stand, Men of the West!

It's a dangerous business, going out your door.
You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might be swept off to.
-Bilbo Baggins

Gandalf: And the white tree, the tree of the king, will never bloom again.
Pippin: Why are they still guarding it?
Gandalf: They guard it because they have hope, faith and fading hope that one day it will flower. The king will come and this city will be as it once was before it fell into decay.


This day does not belong to one man but to all. Let us together rebuild this world that we may share in the days of peace.

1 comment:

gschof said...

you know the way to my heart. lotr always wins.