"O ye beneath life's crushing load, Whose forms are bending low, / Who toil along the climbing way with painful steps and slow; / Look now, for glad and golden hours come swiftly on the wing; / Oh rest beside the weary road and hear the angels sing."

- Edmund Hamilton Sears, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Tolkien and the Long Defeat

Andrew Barber connects Tolkien's elves to the Christian life. "This place, once so full of life and sustained by the Lady of Light, Galadriel... has become a glorious ruin. For Galadriel, like the rest of her kin, has left the world to the rule of man; the elves, in all their splendor, have reached their end. [She says,]'. . . together through ages of the world we have fought the long defeat.'"

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