Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The tales that really mattered.

Emma sent this amazing quote to me this morning.

I FINALLY watched The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

It was on TV one Sunday and I started watching and thought I would give it a chance.
I didn't actually watch ALL of it.

I watched the good parts version.

I recorded all three/four movies and then I fast forwarded thru all the battles and creepy monsters.
I could not look at the Gollum.  He was too gross for me to look at.  
I would watch him for a minute to get the gist and then I would fast forward to Sam and Frodo talking or any of the hobbits or Aragorn.

I did love the storyline of friendship so very much.

Sam: I can't carry it for you.  But I can carry you.

Read this;

“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 way. The brave things in the old tales and songs, Mr. Frodo, adventures, as I used to call them. I used to think that they were things the wonderful folk of the stories went out and
looked for, because they wanted them, because they were exciting and life was a bit dull, a kind of a sport, as you might say. But that’s not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have been just landed in them, usually their paths were laid that way, as you put it. But I expect they had lots of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn’t. And if they had, we shouldn’t know, because they’d have been forgotten. We hear about those as just went on, and not all to a good end, mind you; at least not to what folk inside a story and not outside it call a good end. You know, coming home, and finding things all right, though not quite the same; like old Mr Bilbo. But those aren’t always the best tales to hear, though they may be the best tales to get landed in! I wonder what sort of a tale we’ve fallen into?”

“I wonder,” said Frodo, “But I don’t know. And that’s the way of a real tale. Take any one that you’re fond of. You may know, or guess, what kind of a tale it is, happy-ending or sad-ending, but the people in it don’t know. And you don’t want them to.” 

A great story of friendship and sacrificial love.
Beautiful wise words about life and circumstances.

No wonder The Lord of the Rings is beloved.

Encourage one another,
Donna Elsie


  1. I never saw it. I love the carry quote. I loved the quote you shared yesterday tremendously. I could not stop thinking about it all night. Thank you for always shining the light. : )

  2. I have watched one of the trilogy... I don't remember which one. I enjoyed it, but I enjoyed the words most. I kept thinking that I should have had a notebook to write and replay. But imagine how long it would have taken me to get through it?

  3. Donna, our family is a huge fan of LOTR. We watch the trilogy yearly. My sister Ashley and I went to see The Return of the King together. When it was all done, and the credits were scrolling on the theater screen, we just cried, knowing that it was all over and finished forever. I love how Frodo and Sam are carried away by the eagles after the arduous journey of finally destroying the ring. It reminded me so much of how Jesus carries me when I am at my wits end!

  4. I always walk away during the battles after the first few minutes. One of my favorite moments is when Eowyn (not sure how it is spelled) kills the really bad guy and says "I am no Man!" If I was not tapping on my kindle I would cut and paste that bit.

    Yay, Donna!! Glad you saw the great parts. Youdabest !

  5. Anonymous2:47 PM

    Hey, Miz Boo! I love your writing. I've never seen LOTR, but Kris has. Maybe I can get him to watch it with me someday. Miss Katie looked so elegant and pretty in the Homecoming pics. Such fun times! My heart goes out to Emma and you all. I'm glad that she has found the right meds. I've been wondering about her and so I'm glad you gave us an update. I will continue to pray for Carol Sue. I'm so sorry.

    Man, I love the quote above. Real fairy tales. Real life. Remember to breathe.

    Love always,
    Sarah P. from Iowa

  6. I can't take the Orcs and Gollum either. I once asked my English Literature teacher friend why the movie makers had to make them so horrible looking. She told me it was the interpretation of evil. So, yes, I can understand it like that. They definitely look evil.

    My sons are huge fans, but not my daughter. It took me a long time to be able to sit and watch them all, too. Sam and Frodo remind me of David and Jonathan. That kind of friendship is a treasure.

  7. I think audio books were made for just such long tales, and just such busy people as can't sit down and read through them. The story of Frodo is really so much a story of Sam, don't you think? Great Christian theology in there for those who care to look. The one advantage of the movies is Aragorn. I'd much rather look at him than an orc ;-)

  8. Anonymous4:31 PM

    Sweet Samwise. :o)
    Kristi in LV

  9. Every time I read Sam's words I cry. He is my hero! This is my favorite moment in the books:

    "The land seemed full of creaking and cracking and sly noises, but there was no sound of voice or of foot. Far above the Ephel Duath in the West the night-sky was still dim and pale. There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach."

    Is that not beautiful?

    I love that you finally watched LOTR. Fast forward button and all. Now if I can just get Stephie to watch Mostly Martha. STEPHIE!!!

    Love to all,

    1. I ALMOST watched it this week. Does that count? Ok Ok. I have four more days away next week and, provided it's available at Amazon Streaming, I WILL WATCH IT NEXT WEEK. I WILL, I WILL, I WILL!

  10. Natalie12:44 PM

    Hi Miz Booshay,
    I was wondering, where did you get Katie's fabulous tulle skirt from the homecoming pictures last year? I can't find anything like it on most clothing websites :)

    1. We bought it at a second hand store in Madison

    2. Natalie5:24 PM

      Thank you!

  11. Anonymous1:31 PM

    We do appreciate LOTR at our house. I almost always love the books more than the films, but Peter Jackson and crew did a good job on the movie versions. I read somewhere that Jackson or someone involved in the movie told Sean Astin who played Sam that he should watch out for Elijah Wood who played Frodo and so on the set, Sean did play big brother to Elijah who was not yet 21 while making the movie. I have often wondered if that was true, since the two actors did such a convincing job of friends in their movie roles. There are so many great quotes from the books...I do like the one you included and also Di's. love and prayers, jep

  12. so glad you mentioned fast fowarding through the scary parts: I never thought to do that!
    I just havent watched, other than the first one. Now I shall remember to take control of the remote :-)


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