Skip to comments.This Day we Fight!
Posted on 11/06/2012 6:37:02 AM PST by calico_thompson
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! (Aragorn at the Black Gate, The Lord of the Rings)
UM....Lord of the Rings is by J.R.R. Tolkein, not C.S. Lewis....
“Stand and face the enemy. Then reverse and bend over in defiance and lift your kilts to show the enemy their due. Reverse again and advance, bringing hell down upon them and their pitiful and worthless lot.”
Excellent words for today! Thank you.
(But I think Tolkein and not Lewis gets the credit.)
Thanks for that.
I pray that tomorrow we can say:
This day does not belong to one Man but to All.
Let us together rebuild this World,
That we may share in the
Days of Peace...
Please note spelling: “Tolkien”.
Well, it was some dead white guy anyway!..............
Love this quote, and since Lewis and Tolkein were friends, maybe it was Lewis who came up with it originally. ;o)
My wife and I have a ritual marathon viewing in the gloom of winter each year. This year it will be even more special, either way.
“Sam: It’s like in the great stories Mr. Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn’t want to know the end because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end it’s only a passing thing this shadow, even darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines it’ll shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something even if you were too small to understand why. But I think Mr. Frodo, I do understand, I know now folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam: That there’s some good in the world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.”
The sky is just beginning to lighten as I write this. It will be a day we will never forget - the day we held the line, or saw our country overrun. I believe we will hold, and live to press the fight forward again over ground surrendered in the past. I am happy to be here among you, side by side, on this day
Thank you for the grace. Seems like there are a bunch of lurkers who have never made a mistake.
We might say this tomorrow, as well.
If that is what tomorrow (or next week...or next month...) holds, well, then so be it.
NOT THIS DAY!!!
UM....Lord of the Rings is by J.R.R. Tolkein, not C.S. Lewis....”
Well, while technically true, it’s not that simple. If you read biographies of both men, you will find that were it not for Lewis’ encouragement and insistence, LOTR never would have been completed. So.......
One of my favorite scenes in all of cinema.
thank you for posting this
Oh, stop, we’s just funnin’ ya. It was a good choice of quotation for this crucial, historic day.
To polling official:
“Yes ma’am, my wife, me and most of the country.
“We ran out of chewing gum, so we’re here to kick ..... “
more great lines!
May the heros of Benghazi be proud of how we vote today.
They gave their lives for us, now we need to give our votes for them.
Vote as if the lives of our Military Men and Women depended on it.
Yes, LOTR was J.R.R. Tolkien, but the faux St. Crispin’s Day speech with allusions to the Poetic Eddas from the movie should be attributed to the screenwriter for the movie Return of the King, not Tolkien himself, as Aragorn’s speech before the Black Gate occurs only in the movie version.
From the Poetic Edda:
Axe-time, sword-time, shields are sundered,
Wind-time, wolf-time, ere the world falls;
A good speech, but then most battle-inspiration speeches, whether in real life or in fiction, written in English since the late 1500’s by folks literate enough to know Shakespeare’s St. Crispin’s Day speech have been.
“May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won’t.”
- General George Patton Jr
“If you are going to win any battle, you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do... the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.”
-General George S. Patton
I wish someone would do as ‘Heroes Of Benghazi’ poster in that Shepherd Fairy style. Use their own iconography against them.
I’m a bit more pessimistic about the election so I’m thinking of Theoden’s speech: “Where is the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing? They have passed like rain in the mountains, like wind in the meadow. The days have gone down in the West, behind the hills, into shadow. How did it come to this?”.
Please note spelling: Tolkien.
Oops! You are correct, of course.
Sorry if I offended you by my correction.
Of course, turns out I spelled Tolkien’s name wrong. :0 Poetic justice?
Anyway, thanks for posting these inspiring words.
...Aragorns speech before the Black Gate occurs only in the movie version.
Thank you. I did not realize that. It has been about 45 years, though, since I read the LOTR books.
” - - - I wish someone would do as Heroes Of Benghazi poster in that Shepherd Fairy style. - - - “
Great idea! Ping me if you find that poster’s poster!