I am excited to have begun reading the #100 book on my list, The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. When I saw this title I was happy to see a familiar name and to jump start my challenge with a family favourite.
I was talking to my oldest son and mentioned the title I was reading and he reminded me that the Lord of the Rings is not a book, it is 3 books! He was right of course, though I had forgotten about that. I just reminded him, and myself, that I have no strict time limit for finishing my list, or even each book and I will just take them one at a time. I'm on about page 100 right now of the Lord of the Rings, the Fellowship of the Ring and it has really drawn me in. J. R. R. Tolkien writes characters very well and I find that I genuinely care about Frodo, Gandalf and my favourite character, Sam Gamgee. I feel happy when they are happy and scared when they are scared. Even though I've read the first volume before, it has been so long that I honestly don't remember a lot of the story, and I don't think I've ever read the 2nd or 3rd volume in the series so I'm excited to see how it all plays out.
There was one little part of a dialogue between Gandalf and Frodo that caught my attention. in which Gandalf is explaining about the history of the one ring. He tells Frodo about how Gollum has revealed the name and general location of the ring-bearer and Frodo, understandably upset, blurts out that he wishes Bilbo had killed Gollum when he had the chance, and that Gollum deserves death. I love Gandalf's reply,
"Deserves it? I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends."
Wise words, wise words.