Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Daily Quote Challenge III

The final day of the Daily Quote Challenge brings the promised LOTR quote:

“I don’t like anything here at all.” said Frodo, “step or stone, breath or bone. Earth, air and water all seem accursed. But so our path is laid.”

“Yes, that’s so,” said Sam, “And we shouldn’t be here at all, if we’d known more about it before we started. But I suppose it’s often that way. The brave things in the old tales and songs, Mr. Frodo, adventures, as I used to call them. I used to think that they were things the wonderful folk of the stories went out and
looked for, because they wanted them, because they were exciting and life was a bit dull, a kind of a sport, as you might say. But that’s not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have been just landed in them, usually their paths were laid that way, as you put it. But I expect they had lots of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn’t. And if they had, we shouldn’t know, because they’d have been forgotten. We hear about those as just went on, and not all to a good end, mind you; at least not to what folk inside a story and not outside it call a good end. You know, coming home, and finding things all right, though not quite the same; like old Mr Bilbo. But those aren’t always the best tales to hear, though they may be the best tales to get landed in! I wonder what sort of a tale we’ve fallen into?”

“I wonder,” said Frodo, “But I don’t know. And that’s the way of a real tale. Take any one that you’re fond of. You may know, or guess, what kind of a tale it is, happy-ending or sad-ending, but the people in it don’t know. And you don’t want them to.”

And the non-LOTR quote of the day:

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival. -C.S. Lewis

UPDATE- Wow, I forgot to tag people again because apparently I can't follow simple instructions...anyway, anyone who wants to do this challenge is certainly welcome!  Leave a link in the comments if you decide to do so :)

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4 comments:

  1. AH! I was just reading that exact spot in LOTR, how funny. My dear Sam, I know what sort of a tale you have fallen into. The best of them.

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    1. Wow, what a coincidence! Aw, that is so true :D

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  2. Thanks for taking part in the tag, Nimrodel! You've had some good quotes. :D

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