We've had stormy weather keeping us indoors lately.
The Boy asked if he could watch more of Lord of the Rings. He had watched The Fellowship of the Ring already. So we started with Two Towers. Last night we finished Return of the King.
As he's sitting, watching the end scenes and it dawns on him that Frodo is also leaving with the elves, his eyes welled up with tears.
Frodo's leaving too?
But he's never going to get to see his friends again...
I took the time to sit with him for a bit and explained that with everything Frodo had been through, physically and emotionally, it just wasn't possible for him to go back to being a normal hobbit in the Shire. But this gave him a chance at a whole new adventure.
I also made sure he knew that it was perfectly OK to cry at movies.
He's read The Hobbit (and very much looking forward to the movie, as are we all). I think it's time for him to own his own copy of The Lord of the Rings books. Our household copy is a massive bound book of all three. It might be a wee bit daunting, not to mention heavy, for a 7-year-old.