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Postponing Despair

My progress through The Two Towers has been slow. Gimli had a nice moment in the Glittering Caves of Aglarond, but for quotable material I had to wait for Frodo to reach the Black Gate in book IV:

Sam said nothing. The look on Frodo’s face was enough for him; he knew that words of his were useless. And after all he never had any real hope in the affair from the beginning; but being a cheerful hobbit he had not needed hope, as long as despair could be postponed.

Thanks to Reading Lord of the Rings for typing up the quote, almost correctly. I peeked ahead, and Debbie did make it all the way through the books to the Grey Havens.