“Evil labors with vast powers and perpetual success—in vain: preparing always only the soil for unexpected good to sprout in. So it is in general, and so it is in our own lives.”—English scholar/Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973), letter of April 30, 1944, to son Christopher, in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Humphrey Carpenter with the assistance of Christopher Tolkien (1981)
The image accompanying this post is the reflecting pool at the World Trade Center Memorial in Lower Manhattan—another example of how, despite the “vast powers” unleashed by evil that day, the power of courage and love asserted itself—as it does in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.