On War

by Jeremy O'Bryan


Faramir, man of Gondor, son of Denethor:

… War must be, while we defend our lives against an enemy who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend … and I would have her loved … not feared, save as men may fear the dignity of a man, old and wise.

-The Two Towers, J.R.R. Tolkien