A new member by the name of Areanel (who may not even see this) originally posted this on Wednesday, July 7th in the thread entitled "Topic, quotes & discussion". For the sake of reproducing the post here, I have done some minor editing just to make the post a bit easier to read. Anyway, on with the show…
I know I'm new here, but the topic of hope in this forum really fascinates me, and I'm glad to have a chance to add something.
To be honest, the first time I read LOTR, I did it in spare time, and more for recreation. However I was drawn deeply into it and found myself moved to tears often by Tolkien's magnificent work. But the second time I read it, I had fallen very ill, and the passages of hope in utter darkness began to take on new meaning to me. Especially the quote...I wish it weren't so late, I'd find it and type it up properly...
However, I'm sure you know the part when Sam and Frodo are journeying through the blackened and barren lands of Mordor. At night, as Frodo sleeps, Sam sees the evil clouds part in the skies to reveal the star. Even if it is just for a short time, it is by far, perhaps the most wonderful, and hope instilling thing he could have seen at that moment.
I still find when I have a bad day, because I'm still sick, I like to turn to passages like that one and read it. Because it's true, "The shadow is only a passing thing."
I hope I've not rambled on too long...I just wanted to say that Thanks all.
What really touched me about Areanel’s post was her personal connection with the theme of hope in Tolkien’s LOTR due to her personal situation, and how in reading the book for a second time, all of the passages pertaining to hope took on new meaning for her.
Once again, I think we can all directly see from her post just how much Tolkien’s works have such a positive effect on so many of our lives, and it’s wonderful to see someone finding strength, truth, and the desire to persevere through personal tragedy from Tolkien’s words.
I also think that Areanel’s post serves as a constant reminder to us all that no matter how bad things may be in our lives at any given moment with whatever is going on, that we can never give up hope, and that there is always the promise of a new day!
Wherever you are out there Areanel, I sincerely hope that you’re feeling better, and I wish you all the best! Congrats on your selection for POTW!