“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.”
— J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
“Good things are coming down the road. Just don’t stop walking.”
-Robert Warren Painter Jr.
If you really get into this post, and if you know the true meaning of faith, you will find that this is it. This quote implies that as long as the road is lit up and bright, the man believes and has faith in better times. But as soon as the road darkens, he is scared and quickly bids farewell to faith. The man is faithless. But what he does not know is that, after a mile or two, the road may brighten up again. But he doesn’t realize that, in haste to escape difficult times, he also misses and does not experience the better times after the hardships.
What this quote is saying is that the light may or may not show up again after darkness. That is the test of whether you are faithful or faithless. If you are faithful, you will keep waiting for the light after the darkness, no matter how long you wait. But if you are faithless, then you will run away before the light shows up. You will not be able to face the darkness. This also portrays your courage or cowardice.
“Faithful is he who waits for the light after the darkness; Faithless is he who says farewell when the road darkens.”