After the events of yesterday in Washington D.C. I found this article The Lord of the Rings faithfully adapted Tolkien’s unrelenting belief in hope helpful to read, especially it’s beginning paragraph “Stripped down to its basic themes, The Lord of the Rings is a guide to keeping hope in the face of hopelessness. More than that, it’s a dictum: Hope doesn’t just keep us going in hard times — it gets us out of them. It was a maxim that J.R.R. Tolkien, a pessimist in a cohort of pessimists, lived throughout his life. “ Because despite all that has happened in the past year I still have hope for this nation’s future.