Our Own Dear John Ronald: What Art Can Do

Art with a capital A.

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A minstrel of Gondor stood forth, and knelt, and begged leave to sing.  And behold!, he said:

‘Lo! lords and knights and men of valour unashamed, kings and princes, and fair people of Gondor, and Riders of Rohan, and ye sons of Elrond, and Dúnedain of the North, and Elf and Dwarf, and greathearts of the Shire, and all free folk of the West, now listen to my lay.  For I will sing to you of Frodo of the Nine Fingers and the Ring of Doom.’

And when Sam heart that he laughed out loud for sheer delight, and he stood up and cried: ‘O great glory and splendor!  And all my wishes have come true!’  And then he wept.

And all the host laughed and wept, and in the midst of their merriment and tears the clear voice of the minstrel rose like silver and gold, and all men were hushed.  And he sang to them, now in the Elven-tongue, now in the speech of the West, until their hearts, wounded with sweet words, overflowed, and their joy was like swords, and they passed in thought to regions where pain and delight flow together and tears are the very wine of blessedness.

~ J.R.R. Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings

Sounds like Art with a capital A.

Featured John Howe’s depiction of Frodo and Sam, and Gollum, on their way to Mount Doom.

 

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