Motivational words for a new year

Near the end of the final movie in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Aragorn discerns the need to distract the Eye of Sauron from Frodo and Sam, in order for them to complete the last stage of their journey up Mount Doom.  He determines that engaging the army of Mordor in battle will provide a diversion which will both distract the Eye of Sauron and keep the forces of Mordor preoccupied and thus unavailable to hinder the efforts of the two Hobbits.  As the multitudinous army of Mordor assembles outside the Black Gate for the battle, it completely encircles Aragorn and his relatively small band of warriors.  In the face of the overwhelming strength of the dark forces, and knowing full well that the sacrifice they are about to make will result in their certain death, Aragorn motivates his followers to courageously engage the enemy with these words:

Sons of Gondor! Of Rohan! My brothers. I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of Men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the Age of Men comes crashing down, but it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!

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2 Comments on “Motivational words for a new year”

  1. Joyce Says:

    Amen Brother! Hope you and your fellow community brothers take this as your motto for the New Year!! The battle rages!
    By the way, did you know this is one of your wife’s favorites?
    Happy New Year blessings to all!

  2. Walt Says:

    Thanks, Joyce!
    It’s nice to know some women are keeping an eye on us men. We need that ‘feminine genius’ to keep us in line! :)

    My wife’s other favorite is when Eowyn removes her helmet after the Nazgul says “No man can destroy me” and she boldly proclaims “I AM NO MAN!”


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