A new Power is rising


He drew himself up then and began to declaim, as if he were making a speech long rehearsed.

The Elder Days are gone. The Middle Days are passing. The Younger Days are beginning. The time of the Elves is over, but our time is at hand: the world of Men, which we must rule. But we must have power, power to order all things as we will, for that good which only the Wise can see.

“And listen, Gandalf, my old friend and helper!”, he said, coming near and speaking now in a softer voice. “I said we, for we it may be, if you will join with me. a new Power is rising. Against it the old allies and policies will not avail us at all. There is no hope left in Elves and dying Númenor. This then is one choice before you, before us. We may join with that Power. It would be wise, Gandalf. There is hope that way. Its victory is at hand; and there will be rich reward for those who aided it. As the Power grows, its proved friends will also grow; and the Wise, such as you and I, may with patience come at last to direct its courses, to control it. We can bide our time, we can keep our thoughts in our hearts, deploring maybe evils done by the way, but approving the high and ultimate purpose: Knowledge, Rule, Order; all the things that we have so far striven in vain to accomplish, hindered rather than helped by our weak or idle friends. There need not be, there would not be, any real change in our designs, only in our means.”

“Saruman,” I said, “I have heard speeches of this kind before, but only in the mouths of emissaries sent from Mordor to deceive the ignorant. I cannot think that you brought me so far only to weary my ears.”

—Gandalf, The Council of Elrond, The Lord of the Rings (Book II, Chapter 2)

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8 Responses to A new Power is rising

  1. Diedert Koppenol says:

    “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
    “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times.” -Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Ring

    “I looked then and saw that his robes, which had seemed white, were not so, but were woven of all colours, and if he moved they shimmered and changed hue so that the eye was bewildered.” -Gandalf, The Council of Elrond, The Lord of the Rings (Book II, Chapter 2)

    One last remark. Tower of Orthanc and Trump Tower.

  2. Freeman says:

    “The Quest stands upon the edge of a knife. Stray but a little, and it will fail, to the ruin of all. Yet hope remains while the Company is true.”

  3. It’s quite ominous today hearing you quote this on your podcast recording prior to the election.

  4. Ranger of Ithilien says:

    “Another bed was set beside him for his servant. Sam hesitated for a moment, then bowing very low: ‘Good night, Captain, my lord’ he said. ‘You took the chance, sir’
    ‘Did I so?’ said Faramir.
    ‘Yes sir, and showed your quality: the very highest.’

    ‘But I can say this: you have an air too, sir, that reminds me of, of – well, Gandalf, of wizards’
    ‘Maybe,’ said Faramir. ‘Maybe you discern from far away the air of Numenor. Good Night!’

    From The Two Towers – The Window on the West

    Long time LOTR:LCG player, first time poster here. I, too, listened to your comments on the podcast not ten days ago and found myself nodding silently in agreement. Sadly, your foreboding was too prescient. After 11/9/16, I found myself turning to this section from the Two Towers as a way to find a little hope. I always find Sam’s words to Faramir and the title of the chapter itself heartening.

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