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December 24, 2003

The great stories


Frodo Baggins: I can't do this Sam.

Sam Gamgee: I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.

Frodo: What are we holding on to Sam?

Sam: That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... and it's worth fighting for.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 24, 2003 07:07 AM


Call me a wuss but I weep at that part EVERY time I see the movie.

I've often been placed in situations where I wonder what it is that I'm fighting for. Why do I go on?

Clearly my life isn't as epic and important and difficult as Frodo's journey but perhaps that makes it even MORE difficult to go on. What purpose can my life serve?

Well, there IS something worth fighting for and I intend to fight through this test that is life. We all have our rings to carry and our Mordors to cross, even if its just a broken heart and a mundane desk job.

Posted by: Chaos Overlord at December 24, 2003 09:23 AM

Yes, one of the nicest parts of TTT. I posted it back in February (but don't ask me how I came to know it at that point). 8-)


Was this in the books, Nick? Was this Tolkien, or others? Thx.

Posted by: Mike Campbell at December 24, 2003 09:53 AM

We interrupt this LOTR love-fest to bring you the following message...

Merry Christmas or whatever else you are celebrating here at the Ghost of a Flea!



Posted by: Slartibartfast at December 24, 2003 11:27 AM

A manly tear shed at Sam's words - or anything written by Tolkien - is no vice. I am reasonably certain this speech does not appear in the book per se. One of the triumphs of the Jackson Rings has been the ability to evoke the same emotions as Tolkien's work despite the limitations of cinema.

And a Merry Christmas to you and yours John! Tomorrow's Flea will be a one-post wonder wishing xmas cheer to the blogosphere...

Posted by: Nicholas Packwood at December 24, 2003 03:57 PM