If Tolkien had written about climate movement, what character would you be and which chapter would we be currently in?
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” 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.”
(The Lord of the Rings. J. R. R. Tolkien)
Photo: You want to have a good company when starting a long journey. Ukrainian climate activists left to right: me, Inna, and Vik.
Press ‘Read more’ for the story from the real-world Hobbiton and to find out what character you are
I grew up in a peaceful agrarian country where people are far more concerned about their potato yield and their neighbor’s family affairs than about the bigger world events, be it American president election or global climate crisis. Majority of the world population would find it hard to say where we are on the world map. We tend to enjoy the simple joys of life like good food and folk music and neglect any threatening evidences that may reach our ears, at least until they strike us directly. We are even famous for our proverb ‘Moya khata s krayu‘ meaning ‘I’m all right Jack’. I wouldn’t be surprised if that resembles you Shire a little.