The Gray Havens
In today’s Lord of the Rings passage we read:
Frodo thought for a moment. ‘Well, Sam, what about elanor, the sun-star, you remember the little golden flower in the grass of Lothlórien?’
‘You’re right again, Mr. Frodo!’ said Sam delighted. ‘That’s what I wanted.'”
And in today’s Scripture we hear:
This is the day the LORD has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.” (Psalm 118: 24)
Sam doesn’t mention Rosie until on the very slopes of Mt. Doom. Like Aragorn’s love for Arwen, so little is directly said about her that upon our first read we may not realize how important this personal love is Sam. Rosie is his hidden motivator, the desire to “save the Shire” made concrete. But not made complete until the birth of their daughter Elanor. She is the culmination of all the secret loves of Sam: his love for Rosie, his love for the Shire, his love for the memory of Lothlórien and the beauty of Galadriel and the joy of things that grow–even his love for Frodo. In Rosie and then in Elanor, we better understand the entirety of Sam’s journey, what helped preserve his hope even in the darkest of hours. We all have our secret loves that drove us on our pilgrimage this Lent: as our journey concludes, let us rejoice in them, and be glad that we might obtain all that we wanted.
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Year A: For the Purposes of Remembrance and The Sea Calls Us Home
Year B: On What Lies Beyond the Circles of This World
Year C: On the Simple Rewards of a Good Life and Sailing to Valinor