Monday, January 27, 2014


Samwise Gamgee
I went back to work today after spending 5 days on the couch with the flu. I watched "The Lord of the Rings" Trilogy twice while I was off. Once by myself, and Rob and I watched all three movies again on Saturday.

It's been close to a decade since I watched these movies and I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed them! My favorite character since reading the books many, many, years ago is Samwise Gamgee, Frodo's loyal best friend. He has some lines in the second book/movie, "The Two Towers" that never fail to bring tears to my eyes. He may be talking about battling Orcs to save Middle Earth, and getting Frodo to Mount Doom in Mordor to destroy the one ring that ruled them all, but the words he speaks are so potent, he could be talking about any of the hardships we all must go through during our own journeys, and I think that is why they move me so strongly.    

Sam: 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'll 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 the world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for.

I won't wait as long to watch these movies again, and I think it's time for a reread of the trilogy. 


Brightcetera said...

Hi Angie,

Thought you might like to know that I had a Yellow-headed Blackbird come to my feeder today! I posted pics to my flickr if you're interested.
This is a life bird for me so it was extra thrilling.

Angie in T.O. said...

Wow! That would be a lifer for us too! Stunning!