It is the Great Nothings that Make A Whole Lot of Somethings


“He was as noble and as fair in face as an elf-lord, as strong as a warrior, as wise as a wizard, as venerable as a king of dwarves, and as kind as summer.”


It is in Chapter 3 that we meet Elrond for the first time.  This character, though minor in the book, is a lovely Tolkien creation.  When I think elf they always take one of two forms:  the chubby little guys working in Santa’s sweatshop or the tall fair flowing beauties of legend that like to fool men into getting lost in the woods.  Tolkien does not give us those kinds of elves.  Although they tease the drawves being teased mercilessly by them, we find they are wise as well.  What I found amusing about this chapter, is the fact that Tolkien mentions how nothing of importance happened.  They stayed there many days and nothing of importance happened.

Here’s what I know to be the truth; it is often in the nothings that a lot of somethings happen.  Daily we live in a bunch of nothings.  We don’t daily have life changing events and yet it all changes our lives.  It’s odd when you think that we really have very insignificant lives.  We cannot all be famous or exceptional, than nothing would be exceptional.  It’s the same with our days.  They cannot all be exceptional, then we wouldn’t know what an exceptional day feels like.  Does that make sense?

Either way, I will say this.  I adore codes and ciphers.  The moon text was very amusing and a stroke of genius of Tolkien.  How cool would that be if we could write in moon text?  There are so many things in books like these that I always think “Oh if only”.


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