Frodo: I can’t do this, Sam. Sam: I know. 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 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. 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 onto, Sam? Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.
My dad bought a copy of the Lord of the Rings trilogy (extended edition!) and, last Saturday said that he, my older brother and my mom were going to watch The Fellowship of the Ring and I should watch with them. I can't believe it now - I didn't want to and was going to go to my room and watch Bug's Life. I ended up catching the first two minutes when I was about to go upstairs and I couldn't pull myself away. I couldn't believe what an amazing story it was. We watched the entire trilogy in five days. We split Fellowship of the Ring into two nights, watched The Two Towers all in one night because we couldn't bear to stop, and Return of the King split into two nights. And at the very end... I cried. Harder than I ever have during a movie, I have to say. It didn't end there, though. The extended edition includes six appendices - so we've been watching bonus features every night since last Thursday.
The Lord of the Rings has occupied most of my thoughts lately. It's on my favorite movies list - right up there with Toy Story 3, maybe even higher. (Wanna hear a funny story? I pulled my hair back into a half-ponytail type thing for church this morning, and afterwards when I got home and looked in the mirror, I said, "Wait a minute..." - and then laughed out loud. Because the way I had pulled back my hair kind of looked like Legolas' hair. Anyways, getting sidetracked...) It's such a fabulous story... hard to believe that one man came up with it all. I decided that as part of the rest of my [home]school year (and partly for fun and awesomeness and because I really, really want to), I'm going to read the Lord of the Rings books. It's going to be pretty great.
So until next time... I'll be in Middle Earth. (Only in my head, of course.)
Abbie /// XOXOXOX
P.S. I clicked "publish", and looked over this post, and decided it was not complete without a picture. So here you are, with love <3