Samwise the Brave

I mentioned in an earlier post that my favourite part of a book, ever, was this;

Sam: It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they are. 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. But I think Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn’t. They kept going because they were holding on to something.

Frodo: What are we holding on to Sam?

Sam: That’s there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.

In a fictional book, it takes a lot to make me think about things outside of the fictional world that I will absorb myself in.

Samwise Gamgee’s big speech knocked my socks off when I read it. (It was beautiful in the movie, also)

It’s just such a beautiful way of putting things in perspective.

Yes, the world is full of darkness and danger. Yes, you’re having a terrible day. Yes, that hurt you in the past.

But even darkness must past- a new day will come. How often have we heard the saying ‘tomorrow is another day’? And how often do we scoff and roll our eyes at the optimism of the one telling us?

Should we not be holding onto our  hope of a new day, of the hope that there is some good? Shouldn’t that, our hope, our dreams, be exactly what spurs us onwards, upwards?

Just a thought… but perhaps when you regain hope, faith, dreams, whatever… the world doesn’t seem so dark and horrible. You begin to see just how the sun will shine out all the clearer when tomorrow comes.


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