“It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.”
Quite the quote to start of this entry, this from Tolken’s “Two Towers” and is one of my favorite quotes, Lately I’ve become a sucker for stories, fact or fiction I want to be engaged, and emotionally invested in the outcome, I want to hear stories. I’ve become of the opinion that the stories I learned as a kid where not dark enough, none of them really stuck with me, at least not that I can think of at this moment, you always knew how the story would end and that it would end well, there was no doubt. I do feel that stories should be properly dark, I’m not a fan of horror, but even Lord of the Rights had what Sam described, overwhelming evil, and such a high price already paid, how could life go back to being ok for the hero’s? I want that in my stories. I’ve been thinking / wanting to go to the local Legion Hall, the place where army vets hang out, and just ask them for stories, I’m not even looking for stories of when they fought, just from life, or even tales they know, I figure that is a good place to start. I want to hear where people get there stories from, the ones that they love, I asked the question on SoulPancake (there will be a link to follow) and want to hear as much as I can. I like what Rich Mullins said in one of his songs “did you tell them stories about the saints of old, stories about our faith, he said “stories like that make a boy grow bold, stories like that make a man walk straight”, the saints in this context are not Roman Catholic saints, but rather any Christian.
Stories, Stories, Stories, they really are fun, come to think of it a few of my favourites are Lord of the Rings, the Princess Bride, and the tales of Sherlock Holmes, I also love the old Bible stories. But I want to know what you think about stories, and where you find them?
I’m certainly not done with the topic of stories, but this is where I want interaction