It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set

farm under stormy sky

Do our part, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till

“…he will lose the best part of the strength that was native to him in his beginning, and all that was made or begun with that power will crumble, and he will be maimed for ever, becoming a mere spirit of malice that gnaws itself in the shadows, but cannot again grow or take shape. And so a great evil of this world will be removed.

“Other evils there are that may come; for Sauron is himself but a servant or emissary. Yet it is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.


by J. R. R. Tolkien (3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973)
from The Return of the King
chapter: The Last Debate
image – Jonathan Gill

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