Most Inspiring Scene
Sam: Do you remember the Shire, Mr. Frodo? It'll be spring soon. And the orchards will be in blossom. And the birds will be nesting in the hazel thicket. And they'll be sowing the summer barley in the lower fields... and eating the first of the strawberries with cream. Do you remember the taste of strawberries?
Frodo: No, Sam. I can't recall the taste of food... nor the sound of water... nor the touch of grass. I'm... naked in the dark, with nothing, no veil... between me... and the wheel of fire! I can see him... with my waking eyes!
Sam: Then let us be rid of it... once and for all! Come on, Mr. Frodo. I can't carry it for you... but I can carry you!
This scene, both in the book, and in the movie, is probably the one I find most inspiring. They are at the end of their strength, Frodo and Sam - Frodo particularly. The journey into Mordor has slowly stripped them of everything but themselves. They are cold, and hungry, covered with wounds and bruises, utterly alone and defenseless. They have pretty well given up on a return journey, and the only thing left for either of them, is the determination to finish the task, to destroy the Ring, no matter what. They are too beaten down, and wearied to care about anything beyond that. And yet, Sam is able to find hope and strength beyond all reason, and in that black time of near-despair, he is able to bring those virtues to Frodo. There is an awful lot of food for thought in that scene - the power of friendship and love; that there is always hope, not matter how bleak the situation is; that those long, dark periods of suffering are the times when the end is nearest at hand; and that God will always supply for our infirmities, even if that means taking us upon His shoulders and carrying us those last, desperate steps.
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