2002 – Welcome.
Far above the Ephel Dúath in the West the night-sky was still dim and pale. There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.
– JRR Tolkien
The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings
I’d have to say that I’m rather pleased with my choice of quote on several levels.
On the surface, the quote is appropriate given my obsessive fandom of my all time favorite book – The Lord of the Rings, from whence the quote came. Given my track record of loving the book and the recent Fellowship of the Ring, first installment the quote isn’t a surprise choice.
But perhaps more importantly the quote is about hope. And hope is just something that we can’t ever get enough of and a new year is as good as a time as any to remember that.
It can be faint sometimes, but I still have hope for humanity.
“For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.”