Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

Emma and Rachel Pickthall

Freya was a huge Tolkein fan. Helen read almost the entire trilogy to her in various hospitals. This passage is taken from the very end where Frodo and Sam, whose relationship was the most important thing in the book for Freya, were parting for the last time.

Then Bilbo woke up and opened his eyes. ‘Hullo, Frodo!’ he said. ‘I think I am quite ready to go on another journey. Are you coming?’

‘Yes, I am coming,’ said Frodo. ‘The Ring-bearers should go together.’

‘Where are you going, Master?’ cried Sam, though at last he understood what was happening.

‘To the Havens, Sam,’ said Frodo.

‘And I can’t come?’

‘No, Sam. Not yet anyway, not further than the Havens. Though you too were a Ring-bearer, if only for a little while. Your time may come. Do not be too sad, Sam. You cannot always be torn in two. You will have to be one and whole, for many years. You have so much to enjoy, and to be, and to do.’

‘But,’ said Sam, and tears started in his eyes, ‘I thought you were going to enjoy the Shire, too, for years and years, after all you have done.’

‘So I thought too, once. But I have been too deeply hurt, Sam. I tried to save the Shire, and it has been saved, but not for me. It must often be so, Sam, when things are in danger: some one has to give them up, loose them, so that others may keep them. But you are my heir: all that I had and might have had I leave to you. And you also have Rose, and Elanor: and Frodo-lad will come, and Rose-lass, and Merry, and Goldilocks, and Pippin; and perhaps more that I cannot see. That will keep you as busy and as happy as anyone can be, as long as your part of the Story goes on.