Communion Of Dreams


Mastery.
January 22, 2011, 3:57 pm
Filed under: Survival, Tolkien, Writing stuff

I was finishing up some work in the bindery this afternoon, just as I was finishing listening to The Two Towers. And this passage caught my ear:

And then black despair came down on him, and Sam bowed to the ground, and drew his grey hood over his head, and night came into his heart, and he knew no more.

When at last the blackness passed, Sam looked up and shadows were about him; but for how many minutes or hours the world had gone dragging on he could not tell. He was still in the same place, and still his master lay beside him dead. The mountains had not crumbled nor the earth fallen into ruin.

That may be one of the most masterful depictions ever written of how someone reacts to the death of a loved one.

Jim Downey

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