This video clip has captivated me over the last week or so. I’ve watched it at least a dozen times.

Craig Johnson first pointed me to it. Here’s how he introduced it:

One of the best parts of the movie, The Return of the King (in my opinion), is this little dialogue between Gandalf and Pippin, waiting for the enemy to break through the upper gate in Gondor. Interestingly, this dialogue is not in the book, at least not at this point. What Gandalf says is essentially in the book, but at the very end.

In the book, The Return of the King, as it closes, the three Hobbits are watching Frodo leave on the ship for the Grey Havens. At this point you will find these words (used by Peter Jackson in the clip below) of what Frodo sees as he arrives at their destination, at the second to last page of the book.  It is a beautiful encouragement for those who are in Christ, as we anticipate what we wait for as we battle here on this earth.

Grace to you.

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Dr Jason Harris is a writer, pastor, and academic. He has authored multiple books, articles, and papers including his book Theological Meditations on the Gospel. Jason has a PhD from James Cook University as well as degrees in theology, music, accounting, and research. Jason has lived in Cairns, Australia since 2007 and serves as pastor at CrossPoint Church. You can contact Jason at


  1. RoSeZ 2 December, 2009 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Did you know there’s a song also written from the last couple of pages of Return of the King? It’s written to the same theme as this clip…

  2. Alen 2 December, 2009 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    We all are just sojourners here on Middle Earth. Our citizenship is in Valinor :)

  3. Jason Harris 2 December, 2009 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    Kez, Yes, but I haven’t seen it.

    Alen, I like it. =D

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