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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