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May 28, 2012

Memorial Day: Theoden’s Death in Battle

Then Merry stooped and lifted his hand to kiss it, and lo! Theoden opened his eyes, and they were clear, and he spoke in a quiet voice, though labored.

‘Farewell, Master Holbytla!’ he said. “My body is broken. I go to my fathers. And even in their mighty company I shall not now be ashamed. I felled the black serpent. A grim morn, and a glad day, and a golden sunset!”

Merry could not speak, but wept anew. ‘Forgive me, lord,” he said at last, ‘if I broke your command, and yet have done no more in your service than to weep at our parting.”

The old king smiled. ‘Grieve not! It is forgiven. Great heart will not be denied. Live now in blessedness, and when you sit in peace with your pipe, think of me! For never now shall I sit in Meduseld, as I promised ...”

From The Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien

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I watched both my mother and my father both humiliating deaths.  So to be able to die like this would be so wonderful that I can’t describe it to you.

Thanks for posting this, Sarah.

[1] Posted by Christopher Johnson on 5-28-2012 at 03:56 PM · [top]

Damn it.  The second “both” should be “die.”

[2] Posted by Christopher Johnson on 5-28-2012 at 03:57 PM · [top]

“live now in blessedness”

My father laid his hand on me and blessed me before he died of ALS.  I wish for all us fathers that we have a chance to do that, for it shines in my life.

[3] Posted by Michael D on 5-28-2012 at 06:58 PM · [top]

Tolkien can always make me weep with the beauty of his words and his simple humanity!

[4] Posted by Ann Castro on 6-4-2012 at 06:37 AM · [top]

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