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“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”  ―J.R.R. Tolkien

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

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“Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.” -J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

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About May It Be:

The lyrics of this theme song include English words, as well as words in the fictional Elvish language, Quenya, created by J.R.R. Tolkien. While Enya wrote music, Roma Ryan studied the languages and wrote the lyrics in English and Quenya. There are two lines with phrases written in Quenya. The first, Mornië utúlië, translates to “Darkness has come.” Mornië alantië translates as “Darkness has fallen.” Each line repeats twice in the song, with the remaining song lyrics written in English. They are intermingled with the Quenya lyrics, as in the second stanza; “Mornië utúlië, believe and you will find your way; Mornië alantië, a promise lives within you now.” Enya also performed another song ‘”Aníron” for The Lord of the Rings, which is sung in another of Tolkien’s Elvish languages, Sindarin.


I created the video below for my husband during a tough time. I had just been hospitalized the year before and had been unable to work for over a year. Medical and other bills were through the roof.  This video was meant to be a vision of what we wanted for our lives, places to visit together, health we were working towards.

In the last frame of the video, as in today’s photo, is a rainbow.  In the Old Testament story of Noah, the rainbow was given as a symbol of a promise.  The song ends, “A promise lives within you now.”

May the promise that lives within you – whatever that is for you – meet the dawn.

May it be.


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Bag End to Rivendell
Oct. 5 – Day 13 (6th from Bree): 18 miles

“For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Mile 229 – Weather Foothills
We’ve reached the Weather Hills.  We’ll climb tomorrow.  Tonight we make camp.  Feels good to rest in clean air without those midges flying all over the place. (from The Journal of Samwise Gamgee)

Bag End to Rivendell

Miles 211-229*

*Milestones based on The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Atlas of Middle Earth by Karen Fonstad

The 1st Annual KindSpring Eowyn Challenge
September 23-October 6th on

MTFMR (Movement-to-Forward-Movement Ratios) on Middle Earth. Translate ALL movement to Middle Earth miles!