Monday, March 28, 2011

"Others Dwelt Here"

"Others dwelt here before hobbits were; and others will dwell here again when hobbits are no more. The wide World is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out..." This is one of my favorite quotes from Lord of the Rings by Tolkien found in The Fellowship of the Rings (page 93 on Ballantine Books´ edition). This was Gandalf talking to Frodo about hobbits being so secluded from the rest of Middle Earth while in Mordor the dark forces were getting stronger: the orcs numbers were increasing, the ringwraiths were like crazy looking for the ring and all that stuff.

I think this quote can also be applied to ourselves. Sometimes we may think that because war is raging in some other part of the World, maybe war won´t come to our own doorstep. Yet war is just an example, we often heard about other dire news in some other countries and don´t care about it. We have to remember this planet is small compared to the vastness of Space so we must be more aware of was going on around us and became more active. In a micro level we fence ourselves from our neighbours even from our own family also. We humans have become very de-humanized.

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37 comments:

  1. I agree, taking action is better then inaction.

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  2. I find myself struggling with this, as I will often block out the bad things happening around the world, or limit my exposure to the harsh truths in an attempt to prevent myself from feeling any pain or sadness. But you can't escape reality.

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  3. Definitely applicable to today's society.. We often lose sight of how insignificant we truly are in the world..

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  4. Ahh great post. Makes us think about life, thinking is good right?

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  5. Lord of the Rings are a great set of books

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  6. good post. deffinetly get me thinking

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  7. Indeed indeed.

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  8. Agreed, it's hard to ignore the entire world.

    Your quote about war made me think about Homefront though

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  10. Sometimes, it is better to wait and see than act.

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  11. A great read for a relaxing time, thank you for this.

    +Follow, welcome to my MCoffee reading list.

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  12. hrm. thanks for the post

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  13. This resonates so much with all that Facebook activism bullshit. LOL I DO IT ON THE COUCH I'M HELPING CURE BREAST CANCER LULZ

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  14. this is so true... we are only temporary care takers of the land...

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  15. i cant wait for the new hobbit movie

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  16. Ahh Tolkien. The man was quite the wordsmith.

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  17. pretty good read, the picture quote was actually kind of touching

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  18. there are real hobbits you know from the island of Florence.

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  19. Agree with that quote!! So absolutely true!!

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  20. I never read Lord of the Rings, but I can definetly see the idea behind that quote. People can be too ignorant, what is this

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  21. Amazing quote, I read the books :)

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  22. great stuff, thanks for the post

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  23. You are right, we are becoming like ostriches burying our heads in the ground.

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  24. @ed did they announce when it's going to be released?

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  25. Very true. When something happens to you, you think it's the biggest thing to ever happen in history. When in reality, few really even care.

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  26. a well formed opinion! still this only shows how tolkiens books are open to intepretation, and the wisdom behind it is grand!

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  27. indeed elexerdelex... it can be interpreted in numerous ways... i like Tolkien.

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  28. I was only able to take in about half of this.

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  29. what do you mean, Question?

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  30. gives you a lot of thoughts...
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