Monday, June 14, 2010
A Reflection on Friendship
Friends are such an important part of life. I think a lot of hardships would be almost impossible to get through without the help of a good friend. It doesn't matter where you are or when the last time you saw that person was. A true friend is always there. While watching Lord of the Rings recently, it struck me how Gandalf and Aragorn were really true friends. In the story, I always think of Sam and Frodo, Merry and Pippin, and Legolas and Gimli. But, really, the books allude to how Gandalf and Aragorn have worked together for many dangerous missions. Aragorn expressed concern for Gandalf during a discussion on whether they should go through the mines of Moria or not. At another point, Tolkien implies that Gandalf encouraged Aragorn to return to Gondor and claim his right as king. Both voice their trust in each other on several occasions. And that's what friendship is all about, isn't it? They were frequently separated for long periods of time, but they trust each other implicitly. I think this is an aspect of friendship that isn't thought of today. Shouldn't we work towards helping our friends rather than looking at what they can do for us?