The Time That Is Given Us

Gandalf and Frodo

“Mordor. That name even you hobbits have heard of, like a shadow on the border of old stories. Always after a defeat and a respite, the Shadow takes another shape and grows again.”

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.

“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”


*Illustration by Alan Lee for the 60th anniversary edition of J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”

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