Thursday, July 07, 2022


Native Soil

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Part 3: The Return of the King (VI.6: Many Partings):
...the tree grows best in the land of its sires..
Livy 38.17.13 (tr. Evan T. Sage):
Whatever grows in its own soil has greater excellence; transplanted to another soil, its nature being modified to suit that in which it grows, it loses its virtue.

est generosius, in sua quidquid sede gignitur; insitum alienae terrae in id quo alitur, natura vertente se, degenerat.
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