On This Day in Middle-earth

February 15th

Frodo and Sam look into the Mirror of Galadriel.

Gandalf returns to life, and lies in a trance.


Two really important events when you think about what happens. Frodo and Sam both see terrible things in the Mirror of Galadriel, and yet, both of them decide to continue their journey instead of turning back. It’s a great feat of strength to see what lies ahead and behind and still maintain your course because you know it’s the right thing to do. Don’t be fooled by the movie, both Sam and Frodo faced a test here.

Sometimes the decision between doing the right thing, and what we want, is too difficult and we falter. It’s so easy to do what we want, but we can take away a lesson from Sam and Frodo here. To quote Gandalf, “Even the very wise cannot see all ends,” we don’t really know what lies ahead of us but if we maintain course and do the right thing, good things will follow. Sam and Frodo both went on to rid the world of darkness and bring peace to their homeland.

The second important event is that Gandalf is brought back to life. He’s back! And how interesting is it, that it happens on the same day when Sam and Frodo see a glimpse of the past, present, and future? To Sam and Frodo, everything seemed hopeless, they had no idea Gandalf was returning to give the world more hope. It’s a beautiful and comforting thing knowing Illuvatar was not done with him yet.

Let me know your thoughts about today’s events!

Thank you and remember, from the ashes a fire shall be woken.

– The Wandering One

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