It’s like in the old stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered . . .

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Full of darkness and danger, they were.

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And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end.

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Because how could the end be happy?

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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. 

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Even darkness must pass.

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A new day will come.

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And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. 

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Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why.

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But I think I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t.

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They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.

That there’s some good in this world . . . and it’s worth fighting for.

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“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”—G.K. Chesterton

“The little bodies of children are the repositories of the greatness of a future age. And they must be encouraged, must eat from the tales of those who’ve gone before, and brandished their swords, and slayed dragons.”—Peggy Noonan

(This page currently features The Lord of the Rings, The DC Cinematic Universe, Star Trek, Band of Brothers, The Hollow Crown, The Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Help, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Les Miserables. It is periodically updated as I fall in love with new stories.)