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The Return of the King
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  • For yet another weapon, swifter than hunger, the Lord of the Dark Tower had: dread and despair.
  • But he is no fool; and I will not think of dying until he despairs of life.
  • No, my heart will not yet despair.
  • But do not despair!
  • A notched and broken sword lay by him, as if he had hewn at the rock in his last despair.
  • King of Angmar long ago, Sorcerer, Ringwraith, Lord of the Nazgul, a spear of terror in the hand of Sauron, shadow of despair.
  • However that may be, the Captain of Despair does not press forward, yet.
  • A great black shape against the fires beyond he loomed up, grown to a vast menace of despair.
  • Then Denethor has heard no news of our riding and will despair of our coming.
  • Pippin knew the shuddering cry that he had heard: it was the same that he had heard long ago in the Marish of the Shire, but now it was grown in power and hatred, piercing the heart with a poisonous despair.
  • With a last despairing effort Frodo raised himself on his hands, and struggled on for maybe twenty yards.
  • There some paces from him sat the great beast, and all seemed dark about it, and above it loomed the Nazgul Lord like a shadow of despair.
  • even as he laughed at despair he looked out again on the black ships, and he lifted up his sword to defy them.
  • Everywhere men were rising from their despair and dread, seizing their weapons, crying one to another: ’Rohan has come!’
  • ’Pride and despair!’ he cried.
  • Beyond hope the Captain of our foes has been destroyed, and you have heard the echo of his last despair.
  • But to what she will awake: hope, or forgetfulness, or despair, I do not know.
  • And if to despair, then she will die, unless other healing comes which I cannot bring.
  • I do not bid you despair, as he did, but to ponder the truth in these words.
  • We come now to the very brink, where hope and despair are akin.
  • As if recalled by his mood of despair, the pain in his arm returned, and he felt weak and old, and the sunlight seemed thin.
  • For a moment he wondered where he was, and then all the misery and despair returned to him.
  • All now seemed dry and silent; but refusing to despair Sam stooped and listened, and to his delight he caught the sound of trickling.
  • To the air he had returned, summoning his steed ere the darkness failed, and now he was come again, bringing ruin, turning hope to despair, and victory to death.
  • And only the heathen kings, under the domination of the Dark Power, did thus, slaying themselves in pride and despair, murdering their kin to ease their own death.
  • But the Haradrim, being now driven to the brink, turned at bay, and they were fierce in despair; and they laughed when they looked on us, for they were a great army still.
  • There came at last a dreadful nightfall; and even as the Captains of the West drew near to the end of the living lands, the two wanderers came to an hour of blank despair.
  • Hard fighting and long labour they had still; for the Southrons were bold men and grim, and fierce in despair; and the Easterlings were strong and war-hardened and asked for no quarter.
  • The knowledge which he obtained was, doubtless, often of service to him; yet the vision of the great might of Mordor that was shown to him fed the despair of his heart until it overthrew his mind.
  • He knew all the arguments of despair and would not listen to them.
  • Sam’s plain hobbit-face grew stern, almost grim, as the will hardened in him, and he felt through all his limbs a thrill, as if he was turning into some creature of stone and steel that neither despair nor weariness nor endless barren miles could subdue.
  • And even as he espied them and came swooping down, he saw them fall, worn out, or choked with fumes and heat, or stricken down by despair at last, hiding their eyes from death.
  • From all his policies and webs of fear and treachery, from all his stratagems and wars his mind shook free; and throughout his realm a tremor ran, his slaves quailed, and his armies halted, and his captains suddenly steerless, bereft of will, wavered and despaired.
  • Everything!) He cowered on the floor again with bowed head, as his own words brought home to him the fullness of the disaster, and despair overwhelmed him.

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  • Don’t despair—help is on the way!
  • Don’t give in to despair.

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