On the Passing of Time

The passing seasons are but ripples ever repeated in the long long stream.
LEGOLAS

The 'immortality' of the Elves is a subject of endless fascination for the mortal races, usually motived by jealousy or a lack of understanding. Being uninhibited by old age and death, Men or Dwarves would finally achieve the scope to indulge in endless, productive action, but the Elves (especially those of the Third Age) have no such ambition. For them, reminiscing about and preserving the light and beauty of the Elder Days - fighting 'the long defeat' in Galadriel's words - is enough.

David Rowe

2 comments:

Emmy said...

I can only wonder what such an existance would be like...

Roger R. said...

Yes, it's interesting to speculate. JRRTs earlier books are a good source of 'time laden' stories... stories from over many thousands of years... but all seeming 'present' for elf-kind.

Greetings...