SUDDEN LIGHT Shadowfax Racing the Wind at First Light

Shadowfax was the Lord of all horses. He was a descendant of Felarof, of the race of the Mearas, the greatest horses of Middle-earth. Shadowfax was capable of comprehending human speech and was said to run faster than the wind. Hmmm, is the answer to our misplaced loyalties to be found in Middle Earth? I’ve been watching Part Two of the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Gandalf the wizard has just summoned Shadowfax – the Lord of all horses. Treebeard the Ent has rescued Merry and Pippin. King Theoden is near death because his mind has been poisoned by Grima Wormtongue. But Gandalf draws the evil out of him. I’ve seen these scenes many times. In fact, I’ve watched all three movies in the trilogy on numerous occasions. They seem timeless despite the fantasy realm of Middle Earth in which they are set. I believe a large part of the reason I’m drawn to them is that the epic battle between good and evil seems so much more compelling than much of what passes for important in our 21st century world. I wish that Gandalf the White could jump off the screen, gallop in on Shadowfax and rescue us from our silly preoccupations. Perhaps Gandalf could talk some sense into the loose cannon that hold the mayor’s office in Canada’s largest city. Or at least call off the media “weasels and skunks”, as one justifiably irritated radio personality refers to them, who seem determined to bring him down at any cost. A wave of his mighty staff might be what is needed to banish the endless, innuendo laden scandals that plague governments at every level. MPs might not have to step down for accepting perks which they somehow did not know they were not entitled to. The major theme of an election campaign might be redistributing wealth, to narrow the ever widening gap between the have’s and the have not’s, rather than whether the Liberal Party candidate is riding on his famous father’s coattails. Perhaps the appearance of those mythical Middle Earth figures would open our hearts and our eyes to the real injustices around us. We might learn to have faith in, and to reach out to, those who seem beyond hope as Frodo does to the tortured creature Gollum. We might learn true loyalty from Samwise Gamgee, the nature of courage from Aragorn son of Arathorn, a true sense of pride in our cultural history from Gimli Son of Gloin and how to take pleasure in the simple joys of life from the innocent and fun loving Hobbits. The battle between good and evil is as omnipresent in our world as it was in Middle Earth. We have our Lord Saurons and our corrupted Sarumans. But we too often let ourselves be distracted by silly bickering, political posturing and the endless blame game. I like to think of Shadowfax as a metaphor for the triumphant return of fundamental values and a new vision of what our world could be if we reawakened to the things that truly matter.

Look to my coming at the first light of dawn on the fifth day. At dawn, look to the east. Gandalf issues this proclamation to Aragorn. So I’ll look to the east each morning hoping to see Shadowfax racing the wind with Gandalf the White returning in glory. And, perhaps, an Elf Lord, a Dwarf Warrior and a brave Hobbit following in his blaze of light. ~ Michael Robert Dyet is the author of “Until the Deep Water Stills – An Internet-enhanced Novel” – double winner in the Reader Views Literary Awards 2009. Visit Michael’s website at or the novel online companion at ~ Subscribe to “Michael’s Metaphors of Life Journal aka Things That Make Me Go Hmmm” at its’ internet home Instructions for subscribing are provided in the “Subscribe to this Blog: How To” instructions page in the right sidebar. If you’re reading this post on another social networking site, come back regularly to my page for postings once a week.

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