Of course, it is likely enough, my friends, likely enough that we are going to our doom: the last march of the Ents. But if we stayed at home and did nothing, doom would find us anyway, sooner or later. That thought has long been growing in our hearts; and that is why we are marching now. It was not a hasty resolve. Now at least the last march of the Ents may be worth a song. Aye, we may help the other peoples before we pass away.
-Treebeard the Ent, on the road to Isengard
The Ents are going to wake up and find that they are strong.
-Gandalf, speaking of the march of the Ents
Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
Jesus Christ, Luke 17:33
According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Paul, from prison in Rome, Philippians 1:20-21
Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
The Risen Lord, to the church at Smyrna, Revelation 2:10
First “Ent” post: The Last March of the Ents — Doom Comes Seeking
Second “Ent” post: The Last March of the Ents — Using the Time We Have
Third “Ent” post: The Last March of the Ents — For Remembrance Sunday