The Professor – On Hope

“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

The Highlands 

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?” 

J.R.R. Tolkien

24 Comments

  1. Gallivanta says:

    Strawberries……I am having some tonight. The new season has begun. One of my favourite quotes is “Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle.” I have tried to find the source of the quote but keep finding different answers. The hope given by light is so powerful. I remember standing in the dark doorway after the Sept 2010 earthquake and wanting a light. Any light ,and all we had were a few tea candles and the light of the mobile phone. It got us through till the welcome light of dawn. That and the voice on the radio talking us through the horror. The woman on duty at National Radio at that time was a genius; I will never forget her calm reassurance.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      What a profound illustration. A voice in the darkness, the tea candles – those are the moments when courage is born. Thank you so much for sharing…And enjoy those strawberries!

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  2. thank you for the wonderful post

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Thank you for stopping by!! We must keep hope. I have found that Friendship = Hope. Take care…

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      1. that is really very nice 🙂

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  3. tuttacronaca says:

    Hope and… to believe! I think it’s important to expect the best from life, and do everything because dreams come true in real life! Spend a day of joy.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      How truly spoken! Expectation is a powerful motivator – to have arms wide open to the best that life offers. That is hope personified.

      “Well, you can go on looking forward,” said Gandalf. “There may be many unexpected feasts ahead of you.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

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      1. tuttacronaca says:

        Yes! Expect the unexpected! 🙂

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      2. Clanmother says:

        “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” J.R.R. Tolkien 😀

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  4. adinparadise says:

    Such lovely and positive quotes, Clanmother. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    1. Clanmother says:

      And thank you for your comments – your visits are much appreciated.

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  5. Angie says:

    I’ll also have to say what Vicky has ” thank you for the wonderful post”. Beautifully written.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Thank you! Your comments and visits gift a lift to my day. It is easy to write when you have The Professor to inspire with his wonderful quotes…

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  6. Beautiful picture!!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Thank you, dear friend!! “May the stars shine upon your faces!” J.R.R. Tolkien

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  7. cindy knoke says:

    So true. Love thisseries.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      And I love that you stop by with encouraging comments….

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  8. Here’s another one to add to this magnificent set of exchanges:

    Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. ~Christopher Reeve

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    1. Clanmother says:

      And Christopher Reeve exemplified the very best of hope! Thank you so much for adding your wisdom to the dialogue!

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  9. Maxima says:

    Vicky Nanjappa

    that is really very nice have nice day – witth love maxima

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  10. Thank you, Tolkien, for all the wonderful thoughts and wisdom gained through them all.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I agree wholeheartedly…

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