PartV Chapter 2
The Light, Quest Day 12
Ben-adar returned with what the code meant
But through the struggle, his strength was spent.
The hour before nightfall, Ben-adar spoke to Gandalf, Aragorn and Éowyn.
Do not concern yourselves for my state; for this is merely transitory, and I have no more role to play in this struggle.
Keep close the truths of the words written and follow the paths of the prophecies. They will lead to wisdom and triumph, for remember as old lore fashioned by new, proclaims:
Not all that is good shines as gold
Nor all that of evil burns flesh
Not all those who question, search truth
Nor all those who claim knowledge, know
Not all that is long is endless
Nor all that is new, is of worth
Not all that is old will perish
Nor all that is young will endure
Not all that is over, is cast
Nor all of the future, will come
From ashes a fire is woken
And embers a passion will spur
The Light from the shadows will kindle
A challenge to darkness once more
Deep roots and kin blood will ensure
Honour and gallantry in man
For all those fallen in battle
Will rise once again to fight on
Renewed shall be hope everlasting
And justice to kingdoms will come
(in LOTR and drafts)
And more, from the insights of ‘the five things’ of new lore we have armored our challenge not just to resist The Dark but to overcome it... In Sauron’s defense against Light’s attack, the night of the darkmoon has been witness two creations of darkness.
The Rings of Power were recast
The twelve into one Master Ring
The Isengard for Nazgûl nine,
These ten rings the Dark Lord concluded
From lore and prophecies procured
Overpower Light’s separate rings
The Elven three and dwarven one.
But by fallacy he was drawn
To misconstrue what was written,
For the three freely relinquished
And worn by one of special might
Would wield a force beyond Dark’s ten.
Two Dark Lords once reigned Middle-earth
Melkor, mightiest Arda lord
Sought all to destroy and enslave
Was exiled to the Void beyond
By new lore and prophecy told
His essence captured in a vial
The vial unleashed, Sauron absorbed
Melkor’s dark spirit and evil
In claim of ultimate power
Sauron could solely darkness see
And by distorted view contrived
To defend his Dark from The Light.
So to Light’s advantage has come Sauron’s dark and distorted image of the world, it has led him to misinterpreting and misunderstanding Light’s powers and plans... His obsession with power and domination, and the ways of his Master, to destroy or enslave, has compounded his inability to see beyond a malevolent perspective; he cannot comprehend the strengths of man, his hope and compassion, which he only conceives as weakness. It is on these grounds that he falls vulnerable to The Light.
Go Éowyn with my blessing – as your hope consumes doubt, Light’s victory is assured.