Hwær cwom mearg? Hwær cwom mago?
Hwær cwom maþþumgyfa?
Hwær cwom symbla gesetu?
Hwær sindon seledreamas?
Eala beorht bune!
Eala þeodnes þrym!
Hu seo þrag gewat,
genap under nihthelm,
swa heo no wære.
“Where is the horse? Where the rider? Where the giver of treasure? Where the seats of the feast? Where are the joys of the hall? Alas for the bright cup! Alas for the heroic warrior! Alas for the splendor of the king! How they have passed away, Dark under night-cover, As if they never were.” - The Wanderer, An Anglo-Saxon poem of lamentation, which was the inspiration for Tolkien’s Lament of the Rohirrim.
‘His valour was as a fire and yet steadfast as the hills of stone; wise
he was and skilled in voice and hand; troth and justice he loved and
bore good will to all, both Elves and Men, hating Morgoth only; he
sought not his own, neither power nor glory, and death was his reward.’
J.R.R. Tolkien, HoMe 5, The Lost Road, The Earliest Quenta Silmarillion.
It’s so weird to think that there are people who watch Lord of the Rings for the first time????? And don’t know what’s going to happen?????
They don’t know what the Shire is??? They don’t know the Fellowship will break???? They don’t know what Gondor or Rohan is???? They don’t know the basic geography of Middle Earth?? They don’t know who will die??? They don’t know Gandalf will come back???? Or that Frodo will go to the Undying Lands??? They’ve never heard the soundtrack??? They don’t have the dialogue memorized????