J.R.R. Tolkien Quotes: I Am In Too Great Doubt To Rule To

I Am In Too Great Doubt To Rule. To Prepare Or To Let Be? To Prepare For War, Which Is Yet Only Guessed: Train Craftsmen And Tillers In The Midst Of Peace For Bloodspilling And Battle: Put Iron In The Hands Of Greedy Captains Who Will Love Only Conquest, And Count The Slain As Their Glory? Will They Say To Eru: "At Least Your Enemies Were Amongst Them?" Or To Fold Hands, While Friends Die Unjustly: Let Men Live In Blind Peace, Until The Ravisher Is At The Gate? What Then Will They Do: Match Naked Hands Against Iron And Die In Vain, Or Flee Leaving The Cries Of Women Behind Them? Will They Say To Eru: "At Least I Spilled No Blood?"
Tar-Meneldur In Armenelos, Aldarion And Erendis: The Mariner's Wife
— J.R.R. Tolkien —

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