Essay by thegreenwood

This beautifully crafted film enticed me to explore the realms of Middle-earth, leading me to the welcoming family of our fan club.. nbsp; Warm and engaging discussions fill the message boards enhanced by the many meetings between fans I have both enjoyed and read about. The Lord of the Rings offers escape from everyday hardships, reflecting the spirit of hope communities such as our fan club shine into the darker corners of our world like Earendil's star. 

After unfortunate events in my life I cultivated my love of the natural world finding beauty and hope in the miracle of a single flower, the wonder of great forests.. nbsp; Sam's experience in The Land of Shadow was like reading my own heart.  "There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach."

21-May-02