(I originally posted this at The American Catholic, and I assumed that the Tolkien fans among our Almost Chosen People readers would enjoy this.)
Something for the weekend. The lighting of the beacons sequence from the The Return of the King. This sequence sets up my favorite scene in the entire trilogy. Aragorn sees the lighted beacon fire and runs to Theoden, King of Rohan, and asks for aid for Gondor. There is a long pause before Theoden can bring himself to commit his people to another desperate war, but when he makes his decision he does so decisively. Go here to view the scene.