We must go down to face a peril near despair, yet that deadly peril is removed.
In that despair my enemy was my only hope, and I pursued him, clutching at his heel.
No counsel have I to give to those that despair.
Out here in the waste its terror was far greater: it pierced them with cold blades of horror and despair, stopping heart and breath.
The two hobbits gazed at the towers and the wall in despair.
Despair had not left him, but the weakness had passed.
Then as he stood, darkness about him and a blackness of despair and anger in his heart.
’Trapped in the end! ’ said Sam bitterly, his anger rising again above weariness and despair.
’On! On! ’ Wild joy at their escape from the very mouth of despair suddenly filled all his mind.
And then black despair came down on him, and Sam bowed to the ground, and drew his grey hood over his head, and night came into his heart, and he knew no more.
And after all he never had any real hope in the affair from the beginning; but being a cheerful hobbit he had not needed hope, as long as despair could be postponed.
Then Frodo’s heart flamed within him, and without thinking what he did, whether it was folly or despair or courage, he took the Phial in his left hand, and with his right hand drew his sword.
Now that the despair of the impassable Gate was behind him, he did not feel so inclined as his master to take no thought for their livelihood beyond the end of their errand; and anyway it seemed wiser to him to save the waybread of the Elves for worse times ahead.