In The Return of the King, Aragorn’s speech to the Men of the West as they face an overwhelming foe at the Black Gate is one of the most stirring scenes in the movie trilogy.

Hold your ground! Hold your ground!

Sons of Gondor! Of Rohan! My brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me.

A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship; but it is not this day!

An hour of wolves, and shattered shields, when the Age of Men comes crashing down;
but it is not this day!

This day we fight!!

By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!!!

By his words and courage Aragorn gave the Men of the West heart to fight, yet as great a leader as he was, he will always be fiction.

What Aragorn did in a book and a movie, George Washington did in life. Today is his birthday, and I’ll have several posts up in honor of the man who in the dark days of the American Revolutionary War gave his own Men of the West heart to fight.

First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen

Washington Happy Birthday

Image from The Founders, Religion and Government on Facebook


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