“May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.” – Galadriel
“For thus it is spoken: Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.” -Legolas
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings carried the message of hope. Even when all seemed lost and evil appeared invincible, hope would prevail. Darkness cannot stand against light, even the flame of a small candle. A spark of courage, a glimmer of valor was all that was needed to hold back the murky shadows. Many times, bravery comes quietly during the times of great uncertainty, gaining strength when you remember what you love and those who you cherish.
“Do you remember the Shire, Mr. Frodo? It’ll be spring soon. And the orchards will be in blossom. And the birds will be nesting in the hazel thicket. And they’ll be sowing the summer barley in the lower fields… and eating the first of the strawberries with cream. Do you remember the taste of strawberries?”