Sense of Exile

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We all long for Eden

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Certainly there was an Eden on this very unhappy earth. We all long for it, and we are constantly glimpsing it: our whole nature at its best and least corrupted, its gentlest and most humane, is still soaked with the sense of ‘exile’.

–J.R.R. Tolkien,
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

Truths that are beyond us

tumblr_nsua7dVp411s5fvc6o1_500There are truths, that are beyond us, transcendent truths, about beauty, truth, honor, etc. There are truths that man knows exist, but they cannot be seen – they are immaterial, but no less real, to us. It is only through the language of myth that we can speak of these truths.
–J. R. R. Tolkien