Keeping in mind that the Undying Lands are not heaven or the afterlife, I would quote Aragorn:
'For if this is indeed, as the Eldar say, the gift of the One to Men, it is bitter to receive'
'So it seems,' he said. 'But let us not be overthrown at the final test, who of old renounced the Shadow and the Ring. In sorrow we must go, but not in despair. Behold! we are not bound for ever to the circles of the world, and beyond them is more than memory. Farewell!'
Beautiful picture. I couldn't see it on my phone. But on this computer it works. Lovely picture.
Rest in peace Beren and Luthien.
Arwen undómiel wrote
Val, nice that you replied. But the link doesn't work for me. Maybe you know why???
That's my fault, I did it wrong. We didn't used to have link tools on the post window, so I am still in the habit of typing out the command codes long-hand. url /url doesn't seem to work anymore.
How wonderful Val. Did you take that pic yourself?
Yes. Myself and my wife visited Oxford a few years ago. I had always wanted to pay my respects at JRR's grave, so we took the opportunity while we were there. Here is another one - hopefully with a link that works.
If any of you are ever near to Oxford, it is worth making the visit. The graveyard they are buried in is small and very quiet. There are no signs to the actual grave, so you need to look for it, but as you can see from the photographs, it has become a small, very tasteful shrine. Visitors have left small pebbles, jewelry and snippets of poetry there. The place has a very still and moving atmosphere. I must admit when my wife asked me something, I had to turn away from her because I had a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye.
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