On The Passing of Time

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The passing seasons are but ripples ever repeated in the long long stream. ~LEGOLAS~

The 'immortality' of the Elves is a subject of endless fascination for the mortal races, usually motived by jealousy or a lack of understanding. Being uninhibited by old age and death, Men or Dwarves would finally achieve the scope to indulge in endless, productive action, but the Elves (especially those of the Third Age) have no such ambition. For them, reminiscing about and preserving the light and beauty of the Elder Days - fighting 'the long defeat' in Galadriel's words - is enough.
The multicultural nature of the Fellowship, and Sam's confusion over the length of their stay in Lorien, provides a rare context in which to discuss the Elvish perspective on time. Legolas obliges, and it is no surprise that his explanation is a string of proverbs.
Time does not tarry ever,
but change and growth is not in all things and places alike.

Yet beneath the Sun all things must wear to an end at last.

By David Rowe
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