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[ All credit to silberglanz, whose lovely picture may be found here. ]

 

“There,

peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tower high up in the mountains,

Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while.

 

The beauty of it smote his heart,

as he looked up out of the forsaken land,

and hope returned to him.

 

For like a shaft,

clear and cold,

the thought pierced him that in the end

the Shadow was only a small and passing thing:

there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.”

 

[ J. R. R. Tolkien Lord of the RingsThe Return of the King ]