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"a day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day! an hour of wolves, and shattered shields when the age of man comes crashing down, BUT IT IS NOT THIS DAY!" -aragorn (LotR)
a journey through the mountains. The travellers walked the land not knowing how their journey would end but going all the same, giving themselves to uncertainty for the only certainty that mattered: they were alive, free and with their friends. Around them, empires crumbled like avalanches, long time coming. Spirits rose and fell like the mountains and the valleys. But still the journey beckoned. The certainty of footsteps for the vagaries of the heart.
As a young hippie in the late 60's, reading Lord of the Rings was mandatory. Since then I have revisited Middle Earth many times. For me the films were pale shadows of the rich landscapes created by Tolkein's writing. Inventing characters is one thing but to invent an entire world in such detail was a work of genius