The Lord Of The Rings

Tolkien's Cover Design for the First Edition of the three volumes.

Tolkien's Cover Design for the First Edition of the three volumes.

1,069 pages.

I’ve completed it today.  I am saddened that it is over.

This near-the-end interchange between Frodo and Sam is beautiful and rich, and bears echos of the Greatest Story:

“But,” said Sam, and tears started in his eyes, “I thought you were going to enjoy the Shire, too, for years and years, after all you have done.”

“So I thought too, once.  But I have been too deeply hurt, Sam.  I tried to save 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. But you are my heir: all that I had and might have had I leave to you.  And also you have Rose, and Elanor; and Frodo-lad will come, and Rosie-lass, and Merry, and Goldilocks, and Pippin; and perhaps more that I cannot see.

Your hands and your wits will be needed everywhere.  you will be the Mayor, of course, as long as you want to be, and the most famous gardener in history; and you will read things out of the Red Book, and keep alive the memory of the age that is gone, so that people will remember the Great Danger and so love their beloved land all the more.  And that will keep you as busy and as happy as anyone can be, as long as your part of the Story goes on.”

I recommend that you read The Lord Of The Rings, for it is so much better than the movies!

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