But it seems that the wind is setting East, and the withering of all woods may be drawing near.
But there, my friends, songs like trees bear fruit only in their own time and their own way: and sometimes they are withered untimely.
For if Sauron of old destroyed the gardens, the Enemy today seems likely to wither all the woods.
The young perish and the old linger, withering.
Childless lords sat in aged halls musing on heraldry; in secret chambers withered men compounded strong elixirs, or in high cold towers asked questions of the stars.
We in the house of Denethor know much ancient lore by long tradition, and there are moreover in our treasuries many things preserved: books and tablets writ on withered parchments, yea, and on stone, and on leaves of silver and of gold, in divers characters.