Gandalf’s judgment on Denethor as given in Lord of the Rings: The Third Age:
Thus is the havoc when a steward breaks his solemn bond with his people.
Gondor shunned counsel, chose to dominate its subjects. While its sons were sent to die in hopeless causes, alliances faltered. Hope withered. Armies were squandered, leaders lost.
Gondor became his, but such is not the role of the land’s steward. One does not rule. One leads, through love for the people, through foresight of the future.
In all of this Denethor failed.
Those who do not know the past are doomed to repeat it. Such will be history’s judgment on George W. Bush. Was Gandalf speaking of ancient times, or ours?
Published by Allyn
A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.
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