In that hour of trial
it was the love of his master
that helped most to hold him firm; […]
‘The Lord of the Rings’
has been read by many people
since it finally appeared in print;
and I should like to say something here
with reference to the many opinions or guesses
that I have received or have read
concerning the motives and meaning of the tale. […]
As master of Bag End
Frodo felt it his painful duty
to say good-bye to the guests. […]
‘… Always after a defeat and a respite,
the Shadow takes another shape and grows again.’
«I wish it need not have happened in my time,»
«So do I,» said Gandalf,
«and 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 […]
The wise speak only of what they know,
Gríma son of Gálmód.
A witless worm have you become.
Therefore be silent,
and keep your forked tongue behind your teeth.
I have not passed through fire and death
to bandy crooked words with a serving-man
till the lightning falls.
unbuckled his belt
and himself set his sword
upright against the wall.
‘Here I set it,’ he said;
‘but I command you
not to touch it,
nor to permit any other
to lay hand on it.
In this elvish heath dwells
the Blade that was Broken
and has been made again.
Telchar first wrought it
in the deeps of time.
Death shall come
to any man that draws
‘… You are a new people
and a new world to me.
Are all your kin of like sort?
Your land must be
a realm of peace and content,
and there must gardeners
be in high honour.’
‘Not all is well there,’
said Frodo, ‘but certainly
gardeners are honoured.’
He stood a moment as a man
who is pierced in the midst of a cry
by an arrow through the heart;
and then his face went deathly white;
and a cold fury rose in him,
so that all speech failed him for a while.
from the bend at the Harlond,
so flowed that from the City
men could look down it lengthwise
for some leagues,
and the far-sighted could see
any ships that approached.
And looking thither they cried in dismay;
for black against the glittering stream
they beheld a fleet borne up on the wind: