"Well, I'm back"

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Postby Inverse » Wed Oct 01, 2003 11:34 am

Someone over in Movies mentioned that “Well, I’m back” is not as strong a closing line as it could be. Actually, they called it “dumb,” “stupid,” “cheesy,” “contrived,” and “redundant” and said that whoever convinced Tolkien to cut the longer epilogue with Sam and Rose was “a moron.”<BR><BR><a href='http://www.tolkienonline.com/thewhitecouncil/messageview.cfm?catid=13&threadid=71620' target=_blank>http://www.tolkienonline.com/thewhitecouncil/messageview.cfm?catid=13&threadid=71620</a><BR><BR>On the other hand, I’ve always considered it to be a great closing line—one of the greatest closing lines in fiction. I have to admit, though, I wouldn’t have necessarily been able to tell you why I thought it was so great off the top of my head. So this got me to thinking … what’s so special about “Well, I’m back?” Isn’t it just a mundane passing remark, like “Good to see you,” or “pass the butter?” <BR><BR>Then I figured it out.<BR><BR>LOTR is at its heart the story of some ordinary men who are caught up in an extraordinary war that changes their world. At war’s end all they want to do is return to the life they left behind. But when finally they return, they find the war has changed both themselves and their old homes. (This of course is the whole point of the Scouring of the Shire, another part of the book that has been condemned as redundant. Often the thing you’re fighting to protect is itself changed by the struggle to protect it.) <BR><BR>Their homes they rebuild, but some of them have been so changed that they cannot rebuild themselves. While Sam, Merry and Pippen adapt and flourish, Frodo is overwhelmed by the enormity of what he went through. He “will never really heal.” <BR><BR>Sam is the only one in Hobbiton who understands what’s happened to Frodo; consequently he feels “torn in two.” On the one hand, he shares and understands his friend’s grim memories of the past; on the other, he wishes to begin a new, brighter future in a place where no one else shares those memories.<BR><BR>It’s only when Frodo passes West that Sam is forced to put the past behind him. “You cannot always be torn in two,” says Frodo. “You will have to be one and whole again, and for many years.” <BR><BR>So Sam does. He says goodbye to his friend, and when he returns home he willfully puts his old dark memories behind him. And that’s what “Well, I’m back” means: it means that Sam is no longer torn in two. His has pushed the half that was devoted to Frodo and the War of the Ring and the past aside, and now all of him is devoted to Rose and Hobbiton and the future. <BR><BR>But note that Frodo said, “You <b>will have to be</b>whole.” It doesn’t come automatically. It takes a conscious effort to keep the past at bay. Which is why we have the seldom-remarked-on penultimate line:<BR><BR>“<b>He drew a deep breath.</b>‘Well, I’m back,’ he said.”<BR><BR>Reading this I can’t help but think of another young man who returned from war with horrible memories (“all but one of my close friends were dead”) but who pushed them aside to carve out a happier future as a husband, father … and author.
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Postby SaradocTook » Wed Oct 01, 2003 11:58 am

Now that's what I call a post. <BR><BR>When I first read the books, I was also surprised the ending. I figured that with everything we've read and gone through, the ending line would be as spectacular as....anything! Anything but "Well, I'm back"! Then over the numerous times I've read the books afterwards, I shrugged the ending off. Until now. Wow, that post showed me the light. <BR><BR>I definitely agree with you. Great post.
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Postby Armenelos » Wed Oct 01, 2003 12:10 pm

whoever says that Tolkien should change <b>anything</b> in his writings needs to write their own book, where they can write it how they want, instead of criticizing other people's life-long work.<BR><BR>and it's not the end. their book must be missing the appendices, where it talks about Sam as Mayor, his children, and so on.
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Postby TragicNiniel » Wed Oct 01, 2003 12:33 pm

I am somewhat speechless...that was absolutely beautiful <b>Inverse</b>...you managed to vocalize (or type <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif"border=0>) my feelings exactly. <BR><BR>Excellent Post!!<BR><BR>~*~TN~*~
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Postby Evenstar_Elfstone » Wed Oct 01, 2003 2:49 pm

Amazing, Inverse! When I first read the ending, I was shocked, but later I came to the exact same conclusion.
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Postby luthienelflover » Wed Oct 01, 2003 3:10 pm

That was lovely, Inverse! Very nicely said! I agree completely. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby laureanna » Wed Oct 01, 2003 6:49 pm

I agree with you, I.<BR><BR>I was thinking the same thing a while back - that Sam was the only one who remained relatively unchanged during the quest, and was able to go back to being a gardener later. Yes, he became a mayor, but he might have been able to do that without the quest. <BR><BR>Merry and Pippen, on returning to the Shire continued with their new military identities, and were totally different than the kids they were when they left the Shire. Maybe the difference in the three was that Sam was already mature when he started out, and so rooted in common sense and an unvarnished opinion of himself that he could go through all of that and remain himself. <BR><BR>It is very healing and encouraging to me to see someone go through so much and be able to come back.
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Postby Eluchil » Wed Oct 01, 2003 9:35 pm

Quite well said, Inverse. You've explained the ending very well.<BR><BR>I do have a few comments, however. Firstly in responce to Armenelos' complaint that it is not in fact the end of the book, I would reply that the words THE END follow it in at least some copies of LotR. (I had thought tht was so in all but checking the edition I have on hand I find this not to be the case and the appendices to start immediately, on the facing page.)<BR><BR>Secondly, I actually agree with the impolitic writer from Movies that the Epilogue is a more fitting conclusion to the saga. I encourage everyone to find a copy of Sauron Defeated and check it out. It explains and <i>personalizes</i> what Sam has come back to and provides a fitting return to the simple hobbit ways of the first chapter.<BR><BR>To the responce that I should write my own book,I can only reply that I intend to. About a quarter of a fantasy novel is sitting on this computer as I type (a tiny bit of the world's history can be found by clicking the link in my sig). There are many things that Tolkien did that I would do differently, but nothing about LotR I would change excpet perhaps to include those things that Tolkien removed under pressure from his friends and the publisher such as longer appendices, the pages from the Book of Marzabul, and just maybe the Epilogue. Or perhaps not, that amount of tampering is a bit much, though I certainly hope that it would be included in any annotated LotR editon as a footnote or editorial appendix.
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Postby truehobbit » Thu Oct 02, 2003 3:19 am

Great post, Inverse! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR>(The link stops too early, though – it doesn’t open the thread – I’d have liked to have a look at what people said, sounds – er – well, like movies <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> )<BR><BR>I agree with all your points. I especially like your pointing out the penultimate sentence! As you said, it is a very conscious new start for Sam, and something that takes quite an effort for him – but he is able to make that effort and that’s what counts!<BR><BR>I don’t quite agree with laureanna, though. Sam, too, has changed, IMO. He has come to see the serious side of life (he just wanted to see the Elves at first), and he has come to rely on himself, to trust his own decisions, in fact, to trust himself for making decisions at all. The Sam that set out with Frodo was, although rooted in common sense, still too insecure and modest about his own worth. It’s not really thinkable that he could have become mayor with his original mindset. Frodo had to point out that in the story people might tell, Sam will playing a decisive role <i>(“Frodo wouldn't have got far without Sam”)</i>. And later, when Frodo seems dead, as well as when he is too weak to take care of himself, he learns to lead and make decisions for others.<BR><BR>As to the quality of the last sentence, I admit I haven’t read the earlier versions, but I find this sentence for an ending, just like Inverse, one of the greatest I’ve come across in literature! To convey such a wealth of meaning in such a few, simple words is true genius. Not having seen the original idea, I only wish it would have been Tolkien’s own thought, not something he was talked into. However, from what I’ve heard about his reaction to criticism, it normally wasn’t possible to get him to change things if he wasn’t convinced for himself, isn’t that so?
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Postby pippinsqueak » Thu Oct 02, 2003 7:11 am

This is a wonderful thread and an especially wonderful first post Inverse!<BR><BR>I love the ending of LOTR and I don’t remember being disappointed with it, or feeling it was too abrupt, but just that it made me come to that sudden realization that it was truly over. Frodo’s time on Middle Earth was ended, the tale of the Quest is finished, and he has left behind his Sam to carry on for him, and be one and whole in Bag End as he could not be. The ending words are perfect, but it is the entire scene of Sam returning to Bag End that does it for me, not just his last words:<BR><BR><b>But Sam turned to Bywater, and so came back up the Hill, as day was ending once more. And he went on, and there was yellow light, and fire within; and the evening meal was ready, and he was expected. And Rose drew him in, and set him in his chair, and put little Elanor upon his lap.<BR><BR>He drew a deep breath. “Well, I’m back,” he said. </b><BR><BR>This must be one of the simplest, most unadorned descriptions Tolkien gives in the entire book, but it is almost heartbreaking. Here is Sam come home to the simple life of the Shire, the life that his Master fought to the brink of death for, and cannot enjoy. “All that I had and might have had I leave to you”, Frodo told him, and you know, by Sam’s simple, steadfast carrying on that he will be “one and whole for many years”, and you know that he will be, as Frodo has predicted <b>“Mayor, of course, as long as you want to be, and the most famous gardener in history; and you will read things out of the Red Book, and keep alive the memory of the age that is gone, so that people will remember the Great Danger and so love their beloved land all the more.”</b><BR><BR>IMHO Sam has been changed greatly by the Quest, in his confidence and his abilities. He is now able to be “masterless”, to in fact be Master of Bag End. He could never have been mayor before the Quest (aside from the obvious reason that in the eyes of the Shire he was a only lowly gardener then), but I wonder if he would ever have been mayor if Frodo hadn’t told him he would. He is still a humble hobbit, and not quite trusting in his own abilities – look what he did when he finally remembered Galadriel’s box of earth – he asked the other Travellers what he should do with it. Merry and Pippin both gave specifice answers, but it was Frodo who gave Sam confidence: <b>Use all the wits and knowledge you have of your own, Sam and then use the gift to help your work and better it.</b><BR><BR>I’ve read the other endings Tolkien wrote for LOTR in Sauron Defeated and much as I like them I am glad none of them is the ending to the story (though it would have been nice if they were in the appendices). Maybe I feel that way because I had lived with the true ending for several months before I read them, and lived with this image of Sam in the kitchen at Bag End with his wife and child, and with his whole life now before him, that he has been left by Frodo to “carry on”. It really does feel that the return of this simple hobbit to his home has marked the ending of the Third Age. It’s perfect<BR><BR>pip<BR><BR>
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Postby Giliath » Thu Oct 02, 2003 7:27 am

Wonderfully written Inverse.<BR><BR>I don't recall ever being disapponited by the ending. There is something so heavy and ultimate about the simplicity of it. <BR><BR>Like Inverse has said the story is about the ordinary being thrown into the extraordinary and overwhleming chaos of a world in turmoil. But I have always thought that though it will never really be over for Sam (he will always remember the "Great Danger" as Mr. Frodo told him and always be changed) he has put his foot on the path to being whole again. He is back only now that he has taken that step and that to me is the end of the quest. Sam will remain and he will remember.
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Postby Hadara » Thu Oct 02, 2003 1:43 pm

Inverse - that was great! I've never thought too much about the closing scene/line because whenever I finish I'm hurrying back to the beginning to start all over again. I was also, for a while, thinking of the end of the book as being when Legolas built his grey ship and sailed away with Gimli, so ending the fellowship on middle-earth. Those appendices make me so sad...the thought of little Merry and Pippin's graves being placed on either side of Aragorn's...but anyway, I really loved what you said.
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Postby MithLuin » Fri Oct 03, 2003 4:14 pm

<BR>I'm back, as well.
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Postby Eli_Cash » Fri Oct 03, 2003 4:23 pm

"Well, I'm back" makes me cry almost every time. It is beautiful in understatement. Tolkien brings us full circle with that line. He starts from the simple mundane affairs in daily life, takes us on a wild adventure, then ends us back where we started.
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Postby pippinsqueak » Fri Oct 03, 2003 4:33 pm

<i>Tolkien brings us full circle with that line. </i><BR><BR>He does, Eli, doesn't he. And I think he brings us full circle back to Bilbo, because the line hearkens back the alternate title of the Hobbit: "A Hobbit's Tale: There and Back Again". I guess that's one of the reasons Tolkien referred to Sam as Bilbo's true successor, because his tale, too, was a "there and back again" one.<BR><BR>pip
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Postby Marea » Sun Oct 05, 2003 1:41 pm

<i>Often the thing you’re fighting to protect is itself changed by the struggle to protect it.</i> <BR><BR>It's been some time since I read words so profound and true on these threads.<BR><BR>Thank you, Inverse, for sharing your insights with us. Myself... from the very first I loved "Well, I'm back" as the last line of "the story" itself... because of how this simple phrase ties up the loose ends. Until Sam walks through that door, sighs, and sits down with little Elanor in his lap... until that point we don't get a sense if it would be at all possible for be to actually BE whole, and NOT be torn in two. But... returning to Bag End, a place where a Baggins will never again be Master.... he notices the golden hue of the lamplight, and he knows that Rosie is waiting for him, and he accepts the touch of his little daughter in his arms...and we all know with him that everything will be okay... that HE will be okay.<BR><BR>And then we are reminded that none of these things would have come to be... not mastery of Bag End, nor marriage to Rosie, nor the birth of Elanor, had Frodo not gone on the Quest to destroy the Ring. And now that all that happened, these things are Sam's rewards... appreciated all the more by him because he knows how dearly they were bought.<BR><BR>Yes, I agree... at least that one hobbit will never forget "The Great Danger"... but he will be reminded of it chiefly when he compares the dark days which could have been to his own bright, contented future.<BR>
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Postby JewelSong » Sun Oct 05, 2003 1:59 pm

Yeah! Um...I mean, what pippinsqueak and truehobbit and Marea and the rest of you said.<BR><BR>It's a perfect ending - heartbreaking in its simplicity and honesty.<BR><BR>And it's one of the reasons that I absolutely adore Sam. And why my heart breaks every single time at the Grey Havens, when Frodo gives Sam "what might have been." <BR><BR>*bawl*
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Postby evenstar1 » Sun Oct 05, 2003 5:55 pm

Good good. Also Title of Arwen, Queen to Aragorn II Elessar, referring not only to her radiant beauty, but also to her descent: the evening star was the light of the last Silmaril, bound to the brow of her grandfather Eärendil
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Postby Orangeblossom_Bumbleroot » Wed Oct 08, 2003 5:26 pm

Wonderful post, Inverse. Sigh.<BR><BR>There isn't much I can add, but I always imagined Sam gathering himself, and taking a big breath before he enters the door. It must have been such a hard transition for him leave Frodo for what period of time he doesn't know, and to return to his mundane life, to become whole. I wonder if he felt any guilt over this? Something tells me that the parting words from Frodo made their parting so much easier.
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Postby fishy071 » Tue Oct 14, 2003 10:31 pm

I just find it too heart-breaking. I like everything settled and all questions answered. I would like it better if the Epilogue were left in.
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Postby =Croaker= » Thu Oct 16, 2003 8:31 pm

Great post and insight Inverse! Its strange but I kind of always felt that when Sam drew in his breath and said that to Rosie, he was burying the past, not so much as putting it out of memory, but to look forward to the great life he had now. The past would never be forgotten, just put to rest.
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Postby niphredilmaiden » Fri Oct 17, 2003 2:52 am

Wow. This thread is beautiful, the first post was wonderful. The ending of LOTR to me was outstanding in it's simplicity and I had wondered at such an end. But now it is clear and I am thankful for that. Tolkien was amazing! It's just, wow. Very wow.
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Postby Gliondar » Sun Nov 16, 2003 10:11 am

Just finished re,re,re,(etc.)rereading Return of the King in anticipation of december 17th and the last line, one I cherish and love, gave me new joy. It reminded me of this delightful and insighful thread and seeing as I didn't post first time round I can give this a nice bump so others can enjoy it.<BR><BR>As for the epilouge, Home IV Sauron Defeated, it is a very fitting end with an almost structured tying up of loose ends. It is fiting in more ways than one. It is a futher insight into hobbits - their talk their awe and, some of their, longing to explore the wide world and 'see the elves'. It would end the book with a final, almost reminiscent look at hobbits and seeing as with hobbits (In a hole in the ground their lived a hobbit etc.) is where this all began you can see how it would be fitting.<BR><BR>But "He drew a deep breath.‘Well, I’m back,’ he said" is, for me, a far better sum up of the book. I will not repeat the first post but will state I wholeheartedly agree.<BR><BR>The book is full of half informations to leave us wonder and enigmas(What is Tom Bombadil by the way?<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0>) to leave us debating untill our last breath and a sudden and beautiful, genius of phrasing comes to mind, end - a line that is not only memorable but will no doubt be legendary - is exactly what the end of this book should be.<BR><BR>As for the film, TINY SPOILER, we know it will end with a Galadriel Voice Over, but what will finish before that. I predict, with hope, Well, I'm Back, but a summary of the epilogue in Galadriels speach - perhaps?
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Postby Earendilyon » Sun Nov 16, 2003 12:30 pm

Gliondar, thanks for bumping this thread!<BR><BR>I've always loved the end of the LotR, ever since I first read it many years ago. It brings always a tear to my eyes: as said before, it's tying everything together. It's really the ending of the tale. <BR>I haven't read the Epilogue yet, but I don't mind that it wasn't in the book. If it would be incorporated, I'd rather have it in the Appendices, than as an Epilogue. An Epilogue is part of the story, an Appendix not. For me, the story ends perfectly with Sam's phrase, the Epilogue wouldn't have made it better.
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Postby jallan » Sun Nov 16, 2003 10:08 pm

It would be interesting to know what criticisms were made about Tolkien's <i>The Lord of the Rings</i> while it was in progress.<BR><BR>Tolkien's comment that the Epilogue was "universally condemned" is the only remark he makes in his letters about any negative criticism on <i>The Lord of the Rings</i> during the time he wrote it.<BR><BR>Had Tolkien included the Epilogue I don't see that it would have been felt to be a special blemish. It is good writing in the original version as well as in the revised version.<BR><BR>Originally it was written in stream as part of the last chapter. Of course it would have been obvious immediately that it ought to have a chapter of its own. But Tolkien in the fair copy named it "Epilogue" an indication that Tolkien saw that the real ending of the story was:<BR><BR><< 'Well, I'm back,' he said. >><BR><BR>The Epilogue perhaps seemed too sentimental and to explain both too much and yet not enough. Tolkien had decided that numerous Appendices in which all sorts of answers could be includes. That meant that half the reason for the Epilogue was gone.<BR><BR>From letter 173:<BR><BR><< I still feel the picture incomplete without something on Samwise and Elanor, but I could not devise anything that would not have destroyed the ending, more than the hints (possibly sufficient) in the appendices. >><BR><BR>The phrase "would not have destroyed the ending" shows what Tolkien himself felt. Tales may go on forever, but one must make a strong stopping place somewhere. It is best to stop while the audience still thinks they want more.<BR><BR>The Appendices give answers as to what happened next if one wants to dig there. Their scholarly style and the dryness of most of their prose sets them well outside of the tale itself. That is a better solution.<BR><BR>And I always thought that ending line was a perfect one.<BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR>
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Postby Unwin » Mon Nov 17, 2003 9:55 pm

Another reason why it is such a great ending is that the words just naturally roll off the tongue if one is reading it aloud. I believe Tolkine loved to read aloud from his works and it is very easy to imagine him with his Oxford accent speaking these lines. <BR><BR>"And he went on, and there was yellow light, and fire within; and the evening meal was ready, and he was expected. And Rose drew him in and set him on his chair, and put little Elanor on his lap. He drew a deep breath. 'Well, I'm back,' he said." <BR><BR>People who have been away from home on a long journey would surely recognize the wonderful feeling of, finally, being HOME and having someone care about your well-being. Hearing someone say these words aloud would surely bring tears to one's eyes.
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Postby greenleafwood » Wed Nov 19, 2003 4:13 pm

wonderful post, <b>inverse</b>.<BR>Yes, it is amazing how such simple words can mean so much.<BR><BR>greenleaf
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Postby Aaron71584 » Wed Nov 19, 2003 4:41 pm

Wonderful post, inverse!<BR><BR>I don't have anything to add beyond what has already been said, except that I agree wholeheartedly. LOTR (and the <i>Silmarillion</i>) is the only book that never fails brings tears to my eyes even after all the re-readings. The emotion is just... overwhelming.<BR><BR>
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Postby Wildwood » Wed Nov 19, 2003 7:34 pm

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Postby FrodoTook » Sat Nov 22, 2003 11:23 pm

Well said and well met <b>Inverse</b>. I, also, enjoy the "Epilogue" and am glad it came to light but the plain yet profound ending to our LOTR is perfect in my opinion. It just makes me want to take the trip again.<BR><BR>Good show <b>Inverse</b>. <BR><BR>FT
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