Hands upon the bowstring

“Indeed in nothing is the power of the Dark Lord more clearly shown than in the estrangement that divides all those who still oppose him. Yet so little faith and trust do we find now in the world . . . that we dare not by our own trust endanger our land. We live now upon an island amid many perils, and our hands are more often upon the bowstring than upon the harp.” (Haldir of Lothlórien, in J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book II, Chapter VI)

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