Tolkien Week: The Tales That Mattered

Much like with the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, I find that I can’t let Tolkien Week pass without posting Sam’s speech from The Two Towers. In my opinion, it’s one of the greatest speeches of all time, and it also gives us a beautiful description of why The Lord of the Rings strikes such a resonant chord with so many people.

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.

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One response to “Tolkien Week: The Tales That Mattered

  1. The Leather Library

    I cannot agree with you more, this is one of the greatest and most eloquently written speeches in existence. it is profound on many levels, and it will endure the test of time. I am glad you have shared this. I enjoy your blog, I love to see other lovers of the works of Tolkien, keep up the great work

    Steven Umbrello – The Leather Library

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