“I wish it need not have happened in my time [finding the One Ring forged by the Dark Lord, Sauron],” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
From The Fellowship of the Ring (first published in 1954, the first of three volumes of Lord of the Rings) by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, professor of English Language and Literature, Oxford. The Lord of the Rings remains one of the most beloved works of fiction for more than five decades; Amazon readers voted the trilogy their favorite “book of the millennium” (1999) while British readers rated it England’s “best-loved novel” (2003).