One of the mistakes people make is in thinking that life should be easy. We believe things should "fall into place" and that we should suffer no disturbances in plans, hopes and dreams. And this is where the beauty of fairy tales comes in because they remind us that there is evil in this world which needs to be vanquished. They remind us that hope counts for something and that pressing on through challenges and trials is the norm, not the exception. Tolkien knew this and so when someone suggested to him that his stories were too dark he responded with the following quote (written in a letter):
"A safe fairyland is untrue to all world."
This bookmark is a reminder that life isn't meant to be safe and never will be. It will be full of particular challenges and we can choose to rise to the occasion and march forward into the conflict or we can run in the opposite direction, hoping against hope itself to find peace. Fairyland isn't safe. And fairyland sets the stage for real life. So press on, my friends!
Both sides of the bookmark are made with vegan leather. The other side of the bookmark is dyed a rich black tone and the two pieces are stitched together to create a durable, 4mm-thick rigid bookmark.