“…with the last light of Durin’s day….”
Tolkien fans will know what this is, but if you are NOT (shudder), I will give you a brief synopsis. Bilbo’s (our Hobbit hero) Dwarvish friends have been studying the following prophecy for centuries. They KNOW the only way into the mountain is a secret door, with a secret key (which they have) on a certain day, at a specific time.” EVERYONE (Dwarvish scholars, etc…) agrees this means the setting sun on the last day of Fall. If they stand in the right place at the right time, the keyhole will appear and they will be able to enter the Lonely Mountain and reclaim their homeland! The part of the prophecy / instruction they are going by says, ‘Stand by the grey stone when the thrush knocks, and the setting sun with the last light of Durin’s Day will shine upon the key-hole.’
The problem? The last light of sun does NOT reveal the secret lock. Bummer. In the 2nd movie of the Hobbit trilogy, the dwarves toss the key and walk away dismayed. It’s done. Bilbo, however, senses something has been missed. He does NOT like giving up and isn’t prone to rash decisions…so he paces and thinks and racks his brain trying to figure out where they all went wrong.
Ultimately he figures nothing out. But as is common in life, the solution presents itself (I like to think because he was willing to hang around and search for it). The last light of Durin Day is NOT the setting sun, it’s the moon. Voila! There is the key hole and they are able to enter the mountain to continue their quest!
- The dwarves would have fought a war and actually DID put many lives in danger to prove the rightness of their beliefs – which proved to be (at least partly) wrong.
- They would have scoffed at nay sayers.
- They were not OPEN to being wrong or even a little off base.
I see this all the time. We feel our beliefs are something to be defended rather than shared and explored. We are willing to simply give up when the disappointment of our evident lack of rightness is felt. We think that vindication means the quest for what we seek is near an end or will make the journey better. We get through the trial and on to the next part of the journey only to find THIS part is FAR more difficult and there are NO prophecies or instructions.
I love the Dwarves resolve, bravery, ‘stout-mindedness’, etc… I do not love their staunch, unyielding, unforgiving bent. And we all have at the very least, just a little, Dwarf in all of us. I am working on my Dwarvishness. 😉