A Good Tale

Now it is a strange thing, but things that are good to have and days that are good to spend are soon told about, and not much to listen to; while things that are uncomfortable, palpitating, and even gruesome, may make a good tale, and take a deal of telling anyway.
~ J.R.R. Tolkien from “The Hobbit”
To distract myself on our recent long overseas flight, I (re)watched the first of “The Hobbit” movie series and was, once again, transported to Middle Earth and the adventures of Bilbo and Gandalf and company, completely forgetting that I was flying 40,000 feet over the real earth.  This made 170 minutes go by quickly with only a moment or two of turbulence to bounce me back to reality.
I have never been a big fan of fantasy fiction full of violent battles with life and death struggles with forces of evil.  The real world is brimming with enough such stuff and reading about it or watching it on a screen is not my first choice for relaxation.  Ever since I was a child I wanted to stay put, quite content, in the Shire to avoid adventure beyond the borders;  like Bilbo, I can see no point whatsoever in leaving Rivendell on one quest or another.
But real life forces us beyond the borders of the “good things and good days” — the uncomfortable, the palpitating and even the gruesome await us all, when we least expect it, and we must, like Bilbo, rise to the occasion.   I’m unsure such times always make for “a good tale” but nevertheless they are the tales we share with our children in order to prepare them for their own inevitable difficult times.
It surely takes a deal of telling.  May we never cease to share the good tale.