re: LOTR; I just wanted to read it normally. Through with the main series, now. I really needed a (mostly) happy ending to read about. Thinking of world events makes me not hopeful of humanity's long-term survival and I don't want to think like that. Sam saw the single, bright star in Mordor when they didn't have any water nor food nor any hope left and he then realized that there was divinity and beauty in the universe that even Sauron couldn't touch. That one act made him stronger by far. Whether it was Eru strengthening him or not, he needed to see that star, and so did I.