“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king.”
JRR—The Fellowship of the Ring
The theme of Renewal flows through the Professor’s work bright and clear as a silver spring, and so it is fitting that it is also our theme for springtime- for March and April.
The renewal of spring with the sun’s return is a welcome sign of many things: of green new life from cold dark ground, of abundance after a time of want, of healing and rebirth after a time of grief. Tolkien made the White Tree of Gondor
a powerful symbol of this—that that which was withered shall be renewed, that peace would come again and a new Spring bloom with Aragorn return as King.
Renewal can represent resuming an activity or feeling after a pause. Beren and Lúthien Tinúviel felt renewal of their joy as they walked free again under Doriath’s winter woods. A goodwife of Laketown might at last find time
to pick up a piece of delicate, special embroidery. There are renewals of hostilities both dire and droll. Feuds and battles can resume after breaks of half an Age or just a few short days. Elves of Mirkwood might come back to riddling or
wordplay after fearsome Spiders are dispatched. Lobelia Sackville-Baggins might find a new opportunity to be light-fingered with Bilbo's teaspoons.
Renewal can mean extending the validity of something. We speak of renewal of faith and of vows. Contracts come up for renewal; as do taxes, as we sadly know. In Lorien, Celeborn spoke movingly to Gimli of a renewal of the friendship between
their peoples. Perhaps a trade agreement with Numenor requires delicate diplomatic renegotiation or in the Fourth Age a scion of Éomer Éadig gets ready to renew the Oath of Eorl.
Renewal can also mean replacing or repairing something that is worn out, broken or run down. Gwindor offered to bring Túrin to Nargothrond in the hopes that he might find comfort there. Perhaps you’d like to write about the renewal
of the Shire or how Osgiliath was made the pride of Gondor again. Perhaps a Maia must renew the girdle that guards a precious space. Perhaps an Elven smith of Eregion must find a way to repair a mysterious beautiful jewel or a Dunadan gets
creative with materials to hand.
And the winners are:
Calen Lhass an Melo Cil by Cassie Hughes 2nd place
Tender Green Leaves by Nurayy 1st place
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