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Herdir Perhael ne Mithrennaith - Master Samwise in Greyholme - Meester/Jongeheer Samwijs in Grijsoord at your service.

Active Member of Tolkien Society Unquendor in the Netherlands, member of The Tolkien Society, the Deutsche Tolkien Gesellschaft and the Flemish Society Elanor.

Also citizen #5239 at and a moderator at Ainulindalë, Unquendor's forum.

Many Unquendor members would probably put a lore-4 template on me, but I consider that somewhat exaggerated.

Some favourite quotes

‘Not we but those who come after will make the legends of our time. The green earth, say you? That is a mighty matter of legend, though you tread it under the light of day!’

‘Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear; nor are they one thing among Dwarves and Elves and another among Men. It is a man's part to discern them, as much in the Golden Wood as in his own house.’

‘I care not whether you say now asëa aranion or kingsfoil, so long as you have some.’

‘Then in the name of the king, go and find some old man of less lore and more wisdom who keeps some in his house!’

‘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?
‘When either way may lead to evil, of what worth is choice? Let the Valar rule under Eru!’

‘Be he friend or foe   or foul offspring
of Morgoth Bauglir,   be he mortal dark
that in after days   on earth shall dwell,
shall no law nor love   nor league of Gods,
no might nor mercy,   not moveless fate,
defend him for ever   from the fierce vengeance
of the sons of Fëanor,   whoso seize or steal
or finding keep   the fair enchanted
globes of crystal   whose glory dies not,
the Silmarils.   We have sworn for ever!’

‘..... our converse turned on the difficulties of discovering what common factors if any existed in the notions associated with freedom, as used at present. I don't believe there are any, for the word has been so abused by propaganda that it has ceased to have any value for reason and become a mere emotional dose for generating heat.’