Finished The Lord of the Rings. Such a great story with so many different characters. I understand why it‘s a classic. I think the ending is sufficiently satisfying and a fitting end to a long tale. Also the appendices are definitely worth the read (if only to learn that Sam has 13 kids and is elected Mayor of the Shire 7 times).
“But I have been to deeply hurt, Sam. I tried to saved the Shire, and it has been saved, but not for me. It must often be so, Sam, when things are in danger: some one has to give them up, lose them, so that others may keep them.”
Frodo is so good and pure and forgiving. A great, gentle hero.
“Your time may come. Do not be too sad, Sam. You cannot be always torn in two. You will have to be one and while, for many years. You have so much to enjoy and to be, and to do.”
They ruined the Gaffer‘s taters!
I‘m not sure if Frodo means this in a good or bad way. I understand both. Sleep is boring compared to a big adventure, but it is also safe and comforting.
Going home and visiting family can feel like “falling asleep again” in a happy way to me, but maybe that‘s because I know it‘s only temporary? If I was returning home forever and having no more adventures, I don‘t think it would feel as satisfying.
Kinda interesting that the King is a good guy that the characters know and love. I‘ve read a lot of high fantasy where the king is a tyrant to be overthrown, so this felt very nice and safe
“‘Here then at last comes the ending of the Fellowship of the Ring,‘ said Aragorn ... ‘some of us may meet yet again at times; but I fear that we shall not all be gathered together ever again.‘”
Tolkien really does endings properly. This follow-through describing what happens well after the story‘s climax is much appreciated.
“Then Éowyn looked in the eyes of Aragorn, and she said: ‘Wish me joy, my liege-lord and healer!‘
And he answered: ‘I have wished thee joy ever since first I saw thee. It heals my heart to see thee now in bliss.‘”
Had to take a moment to Awww when I read these lines