The subject for this month's Inkling Explorations is: A scene with a traveler arriving home in book or film.
I've chosen the ending paragraphs of The Return of the King where Merry, Pippin, and Sam return home after saying good-bye to Frodo. I know it's really short but well, short can be good sometimes, right?
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"At last the three companions turned away, and never again looking back they rode slowly homewards; and they spoke no word to one another until they came back to the Shire, but each had great comfort in his friends on the long grey road.
At last they rode over the downs and took the East Road, and then Merry and Pippin rode on toe Buckland; and already they were singing again as they went. But Sam turned to Bywater, and so came back up the Hill, as day was ending once more. And he went on, and there was a yellow light, and fire within; and the evening meal was ready, and he was expected. And Rose drew him in, and set him in his chair, and put little Elanor upon his lap.
He drew a deep breath. 'Well, I'm back,' he said."
~The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
Isn't that a beautiful piece of writing?
Have you read The Return of the King?
Which is your favorite book in the Lord of the Rings trilogy?
(If you have a favorite, that is. Personally I'm horrible at picking favorites.)
Oh! And isn't the ending just soooo sad?
(Why does Frodo have to leave? Why, oh why, oh why? *sob*)