Their Secret

And Gandalf said: 'Many folk like to know beforehand what is to be set on the table, but those who have labored to prepare the feast like to keep their secret; for wonder makes the words of praise louder. JRR Tolkien, The Return of the King


Grim was the world and grey last night: The moon and stars were fled, The hall was dark without song or light, The fires were fallen dead. The wind in the trees was like to the sea, And over the mountains’ teeth It whistled bitter-cold and free, As a sword leapt from its sheath. The … Continue reading NÖEL

A Real Tale

“I don’t like anything here at all,’ said Frodo, ‘step or stone, breath or bone. Earth, air and water all seem accursed. But so our path is laid.” ‘Yes, that’s so,’ said Sam. ‘And we shouldn’t be here at all, if we’d known more about it before we started. But I suppose it’s often that … Continue reading A Real Tale

The Hidden Paths

Still round the corner there may wait A new road or a secret gate And though I oft have passed them by A day will come at last when I Shall take the hidden paths that run West of the Moon, East of the Sun. —JRR Tolkien