A Picture of Peace

Happy Tolkien Reading Day!

One of my favorite passages. To me, it’s an like an illustration of Psalm 23.

“Far above the Ephel Duath in the West the night-sky was still dim and pale. There, peering among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.”

Sam, The Return of the King, Book 2, “Chapter II: The Land of Shadow”

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