'Nay, tell me!' said Finrod. 'For if you do not know, how can
we? But do you know that the Eldar say of Men that they look
at no thing for itself; that if they study it, it is to discover
something else; that if they love it, it is only (so it seems) because
it reminds them of some other dearer thing? Yet with what is
this comparison? Where are these other things?
'We are both, Elves and Men, in Arda and of Arda; and such
knowledge as Men have is derived from Arda (or so it would
appear). Whence then comes this memory that ye have with
you, even before ye begin to learn?
'It is not of other regions in Arda from which ye have
journeyed. We also have journeyed from afar. But were you and
I to go together to your ancient homes east away I should
recognize the things there as part of my home, but I should see
in your eyes the same wonder and comparison as I see in the
eyes of Men in Beleriand who were born here.'
'You speak strange words, Finrod,' said Andreth, 'which I have not heard before.
Yet my heart is stirred as if by some truth
that it recognizes even if it does not understand it. But fleeting is
that memory, and goes ere it can be grasped; and then we grow
blind. And those among us who have known the Eldar, and
maybe have loved them, say on our side: "There is no weariness
in the eyes of the Elves". And we find that they do not
understand the saying that goes among Men: too often seen is
seen no longer. And they wonder much that in the tongues
of Men the same word may mean both "long-known" and
'We have thought that this was so only because the Elves have
lasting life and undiminished vigour. "Grown-up children" we,
the guests, sometimes call you, my lord. And yet - and yet, if
nothing in Arda for us holds its savour long, and all fair things
grow dim, what then? Does it not come from [the] Shadow
upon our hearts? Or do you say that it is not so, but this was
ever our nature, even before the wound?'