Saying Goodbye to Good Friends

It's hard to say goodbye when friends have come into your life and you've shared laughter and tears, defeat and victory.   Maybe you've even shared a purpose.  That's how it is in the Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King.  The characters are now at the stage where they have new purposes and so they are parting ways.  

They had a quest that they set out on and it is now over.  Each person has his or her own place to be.  It's time to go back to "normal" life and I'm sure they would all be looking forward to getting home or settling down.  But how do you say goodbye to someone who has walked beside you, led you, someone who has guarded you, fought beside you and for you, respected you and been like a brother to you?  

I for one hope these characters will all keep in touch.  I would hate to think that they might never see each other again after everything they have been through.  I want Legolas and Gimli to be lifelong buddies.  I want the hobbits to remain in the Shire and spend time with each other, breaking bread and telling stories, although I do want them to travel to see the other members of the Fellowship as well.  

I know I'm going to have trouble saying goodbye.  I started this challenge of reading the Top 100 Novels with the first book being 3 books in one.  I've been immersed in the lives of the characters contained in the pages of this trilogy.  I've traveled along with them on their quest and now it's coming to an end.  

The reading journey I'm taking has just begun, but I feel like before I can start the next novel, I'm going to have to accept the fact that I am moving on without the members of the Fellowship.  It makes me kind of sad but they have inspired me in so many ways and I hope I can bring a bit of each of them with me in life.

I would like to possess the purity of heart and focus of Frodo, the unwavering loyalty of Sam, the humility of Aragorn, the boldness of Boromir, the vision of Legolas, the resolve of Gimli, the simple trust of Merry, the joy of Pippin and the wisdom of Gandalf.  Now that's a challenge! Maybe I'll have to add it to my list.