Resistance is futile

Here is a meme, which I encountered on Caterina’s blog:

  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Open the book to page 23.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

Sure, why not? The sentence is:
“But fair and noble as were the forms in which they were manifest to the Children of Ilúvatar, they were but a veil upon their beauty and their power.”
It’s from The Silmarillion, which just happens to be in my backpack today. “They” are the Valar, the angels of Tolkien’s universe. Ilúvatar is God, and the Children of Ilúvatar are Elves and Men.
Because the preceding exercise is a meme, you must perpetuate it on your own blog. If you don’t have a blog, you must start one in order to propagate the meme. (Actually, I made that last part up. But if it motivates someone to begin blogging, then maybe it’s true after all!)