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”