J.R.R. Tolkien on the Increase of Love in a World Full of Grief

“The World is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”

Haldir the Elf-Warden to Frodo the Hobbit, in
J.R.R.Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring


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16 Responses to J.R.R. Tolkien on the Increase of Love in a World Full of Grief

  1. I still need to read C.S. Lewis’ The Problem of Pain. There certainly is pain and grief in this world, and yet there is still the beautiful and lovely. It’s a big reason why I write.

  2. Jeannie says:

    Another wonderful LOTR quote — thanks for sharing, Tim.

  3. This is why I keep re-reading his work – every time I do, I find new gems of such depth and wisdom 🙂

  4. EricaM says:

    This quote seems to describe the feel of the books perfectly. It is very bittersweet, not only for the characters, but also for the reader as they come to the end once again.

    It’s also a quote I think about when I visit the town where I grew up. So many people I knew have passed on (my wonderful neighbor very recently), and so many changes have come to the town, yet I still feel so much love for the place.

  5. One of my favorite quotes! 🙂

  6. Larus Press says:

    Ah, the simplicity and beauty of poetry.

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