“I would see the glory of Gondor restored. Have you ever seen it, Aragorn? The White Tower of Ecthelion, glimmering like a spike of pearl and silver, its banners caught high in the morning breeze. Have you ever been called home by the clear ringing of silver trumpets?”
“I have seen the White City, long ago.”
“One day, our paths will lead us there and the tower guard will take up the call: The Lords of Gondor have returned.” -
Where does past glory meet future glory? Usually in the long dark of Moria, the wastes of Eriador, and on the slopes of Amon Hen surrounded by fallen foes and a dying comrade. All this must be endured, and much more before the triumphant Return of the King. Both Aragorn and Boromir returned to Gondor in glory, though in different ways. So cheer up your comrades, tighten your belt, and push on. Study for the test, bathe the kids, clean the house, work the extra hours in the cubicle, because that’s when you are on the road between glories.