Or Jill was right.
I was reading in the Old Testament, through a minor prophet, Zechariah. It is not essential for you to know, but when he is called a “minor” prophet it does not mean he shunned certain keys when playing music. It does not even mean he could not share the stage with “major” league, prophets. It simply means he wrote less, and in some cases, I am thankful for that.
Anyway, he is barely getting started in his first chapter when he shares this startling image.
Verse 7: On (Feb 15, 519 b.c.), the word of the Lord came to Zechariah the prophet … as follows:
8: In the night I saw … a Man (an Angel or an image of God) was riding on a red horse, and it stood among the myrtle trees that were in the ravine; and behind Him were horses: red, sorrel, and white. 9: I asked, “O my lord, what are these?” And the angel acting as my guide said, “I’ll show you.” 10: The Man standing among the myrtle trees answered, “The Lord sends these throughout the earth and patrol it.”
11: And the men on the horses answered the Angel of the Lord, “We have gone throughout the earth and behold, all the earth sits at rest.”
It reveals a startling thing. One, Tolkien may have simply read the text more closely than the rest of us. Strider’s job description is clearly outlined here! Two, the word “men” is implied in the text. It could be that “they” were the horses answering, which makes Lewis correct in the Horse and His Boy. Which means Solomon was right, and there are precious few possibilities under the sun that qualify as “new”.
The rest of the chapter talks about God’s heart to restore Jerusalem, but does not mention Elrond or elves, in case you got your hopes up too far.