In one word, what the sun means to me as a symbol: hope.
I've dedicated a couple of pages to this subject in a new journal/sketchbook that I started recently. I've written a few things on the page...
Giver of Life
"Even the darkest night will end
And the sun will rise!"
"Darkness must pass
A new day will come
And when the sun shines
It will shine out the clearer"
|The page in question...with suns, text, and spirals|
The page is still under construction, possibly halfway to completion. There are a lot of pages where I start an idea, memory, question, or whatever...and spend some time sitting on it before I decide where to go. It turns out to be very therapeutic, and I find it particularly satisfying to write about something painful and then draw a nice sun over it. Since, you know, tomorrow will (hopefully) be a brighter day. Or, at least, I know the sun will rise again. (Until it eventually dies and in the process devours the earth...sorry, did I just get a bit morbid? Fortunately we don't have to worry about that any time in the near future.)
Oh yes, and as to the Tolkien quote...I made the mistake of trusting something online claiming that it's Tolkien, and I assumed it was a poem of his. It's actually from the movie The Two Towers, something Sam said...but I don't think that Tolkien actually wrote those words, simply based on using this nifty site to search for keywords in his books. So...yeah. Don't trust the internet. (I write on the internet.) Also, the Les Misérables quote was attributed to Victor Hugo, but at least I did do my research there and found that while it's from the musical/opera/whatever (which I freaking love) it doesn't seem to be something Hugo wrote himself.
But back to the subject of suns...or symbols...
Is there something in particular that means "hope" to you? What? And why, if there is a why?