"In fact, it has been remarked by some that Hobbits’ only real passion is for food. A rather unfair observation. As we have also developed a keen interest in the brewing of ales and the smoking of pipeweed. But where our hearts truly lie is in peace and quiet and good tilled earth. For all Hobbits share a love of all things that grow. And yes, no doubt to others, our ways seem quaint. But today of all days, it is brought home to me, it is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life...."
"I am old Gandalf. I know I don’t look it, but I’m beginning to feel it in my heart. I feel thin, sort of stretched like butter scraped over too much bread. I need a holiday, a very long holiday."
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Sometimes I just have to stop and read or watch an old favorite. In the last few days of spring break, we've pulled out The Two Towers (a film known to bring courage to two women I love) and now it is time for The Fellowship of the Ring. I love the Shire. I love Hobbits. I love Samwise. I love Howard Shore's music. Knowing the end of the story, the pain and loss that needs to happen, can only make the happy-go-lucky times in green fields and rollicking taverns bittersweet. But such is our life, too. This is my movie for courage. And I am going to enjoy every minute.