Saturday, I decided to tackle a rather large pile of mending. So I popped in Lord of the Rings and started my work (I am pleased to say that I finished the whole pile). When it comes to the point in the movie where Sam stops and stands for awhile and then says "One more step and I will be further home than I've ever been." I was given pause.
So I got out one of hubby's various copies of the book to see how Tolkein wrote the scene.
"The road goes on for ever,' said Pippin; 'but I can't without a rest. It is high time for lunch.' He sat down on the bank at the side of the road and looked away east ino the haze, beyond which lay the River, and the very end of the Shire in which he had spent all his life. Sam stood by him. His round eyes were wide open - for he was looking across lands he had never seen to a new horizon...Frodo was silent. He too was gazing eastward along the road, as if he had never seen it before. Suddenly he spoke, aloud but as if to himself, saying slowly:
The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with weary feet,
Until it joins some larger way,
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
Earlier, when leaving The Shire, Frodo tells the other hobbits Bilbo's thoughts on 'The Road': "He used often to say there was only one Road; that it was like a great river: its springs were at every doorstep, and every path was its tributary. 'It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,' he used to say. 'You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.'".
Isn't good to know that someone has gone before and is waiting for us?