Aragorn:“Give me your sword. What is your name?”
Haleth: “Haleth son of Hama my lord. The men are saying we will not live out the night they are saying it is hopeless.”
Aragorn: “This is a good sword, Haleth son of Hama…There is always hope”
– Scene from The Two Towers
There is always hope.
I love this scene from the Two Towers (and pretty much every scene from the Lord of the Rings). A boy full of doubt and fear does not get consoled by Aragorn, neither does he receive empty words.
Aragorn acknowledges that the battle is here, and he does not say they will live through the night. He does not promise victory, and he does not minimize the situation; he simply offers a phrase There is always hope.
This is a loaded phrase in this moment.
Is it a belief they would achieve victory? Is it a belief that they live at least through the night? He is did not say “do not fear”. Does he even know what he was offering with that phrase?
Hope is perseverance. Hope is strength. Hope brings valor. Hope brings courage. Hope drives compassion. Hope sees the world for more than face value.
I would best describe hope as a momentum. It is much bigger than a longing for better stuff, or better circumstances; it is a way to live that allows us to move in the flow of this life, though a longing for things to get better may be a part of it.
Hope reminds us that we play a part in this story.
How do we continue to move forward in our lives when darkness comes? We believe that the light will shine again, for even in darkness the light shines.
“Yet dawn is ever the hope of men.” – Aragorn again
Though the light may be dim, we embrace it. And if we must linger in the dark, we do not lose heart; we stand in the belief that something of worth is taking place, and know that our part of this story is not over. We will find new strength.