friendship and tolkien # 2

Sometimes books are friends.

It speaks to the power of the writer’s voice. The story, their worlds, lift us to another place and time. Sounds like magic to me, the magic of words.

In The Fellowship of the Ring the wise Elrond of Rivendell tells Frodo “You will meet many foes, some open, and some disguised; and you may find friends upon your way when you least look for it.

I have always liked that phrase. We do find friends in the most unusual of places. I can’t really define friendship, some people don’t posses the ability to befriend, but dogs do? All I know is, it’s a wonderful world.

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20 Comments on “friendship and tolkien # 2”

  1. We are social creatures and we need others – friends…

  2. nokotahorse says:

    Books and words are amazing I agree, one of the best things we do best, we humans. I’m puzzled how dogs can put so much trust in us, but they are the best teachers in friendship, which comes in handy when dealing with horses, who are more careful with whom they make friendship. Thanks for your thoughts Bill.

  3. one might be inclined to thing that you like “Lord of the Rings” πŸ˜‰

  4. Clanmother says:

    And then there is the famous of all quotes on friendship from Bilbo himself:

    “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.” J. R. R. Tolkien

  5. Eric Alagan says:

    Yes, dogs are synonymous with loyalty – unlike cats, that tend to take but give only when they wish.

    Building friendship is an art that eludes many, as time not well spent — a bit of a twist there —


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