Do I become too geeky to live if I quote any part of this speech when speaking at a funeral?
Because my cousin did introduce me to LotR, one of the great loves of my life, and I have watched this clip hundreds of time this year trying to feel hope in the darkest time in my life, but…I’d also be quoting Samwise Gamgee.
I’m just terrible at this kind of public speaking, where I’m not explaining an intellectual concept but I’m supposed to be talking about a person, articulating what they mean to me. I so badly want to say something, but I just don’t know how.
It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why.
"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king."
This is the problem with waking up at 4 AM! You eat one crappy muffin the second Starbucks opens for breakfast, but by 9 you’re ready for second breakfast and Aragorn just looks at you like you’re an idiot.
(Well, truthfully…if Aragorn were here right now the chances of my thinking about breakfast would be slim to none.)