Tolkien’s Prairie

Although they weren’t written about a prairie, these hopeful words from J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring,  part of “The Lord of the Rings” epic trilogy, seem especially fitting.
All that is gold does not glitter,

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Not all those who wander are lost,



The old that is strong does not wither,




Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
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From the ashes a fire shall be woken




A light from the shadows shall spring;
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Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.


All photographs copyright Cindy Crosby (top to bottom): October on the Schulenberg Prairie, The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL; full moon over author’s backyard prairie patch, Glen Ellyn, IL; grasses at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, San Antonio, New Mexico; visitors to Autumn on the Prairie, Nachusa Grasslands, Franklin Grove, IL; common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) east side prairie planting, The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL;  wild lettuce (Lactuca virosa), Schulenberg Prairie, The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL; prairie grasses in the early morning fog, Hidden Lake Forest Preserve, Forest Preserve of DuPage County, Downer’s Grove, IL; pasque flowers (Pulsatilla patens)  blooming after the prescribed burn, Schulenberg Prairie, The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL: prairie smoke (Geum triflorum) blooming after a prescribed burn, Meadow Lake, The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL; blue dasher dragonfly on ashy sunflower (Helianthus mollis), Schulenberg Prairie, The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL; eastern amberwing dragonfly, Schulenberg Prairie, The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL:  eastern prairie fringed orchid (Platanthera leucophaea) Nachusa Grasslands, Franklin Grove, IL; bison at Nachusa Grasslands, Franklin Grove, IL.

Quote is from The Fellowship of the Ring, from “The  Lord of the Rings” trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien.

10 responses to “Tolkien’s Prairie

  1. Thanks Cindy. You always seem to give me inspiration and comfort on the days that I need it the most. You’ve quoted my favorite book, and put a new perspective on one of my favorite excerpts from the trilogy. Thank you.

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  2. Love this interpretation, Cindy!

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  3. Beautiful, as always. Thank you!

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  4. Barbara Perry

    Beautiful, Cindy-




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  5. As a fan of both Tolkien and also of Cindy’s pix and writing, this one really struck home.  I loved the pictures and prose to accompany it. Hope all this turns into a book, so I and others can savor any time we wish! (Just got home from Uganda, and this was among the messages waiting in the in box!)Fondly, Marj PIM vice president Crane Centre vice president cell # 630-888-0341

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  6. Thank you, Marj! You are a wonderful encourager. Welcome back!


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