I would take each and every one of these Dwarves over an army from the Iron Hills. For when I called upon them, they answered. Loyalty. Honor. A willing heart. I can ask no more than that.

Thorin Oakenshield in "The Hobbit (film)."

Loyalty is reliable and true, faithful and devoted.

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June 28, 2021

Proverbs 3:3 (MSG)

“Don’t lose your grip on Love and Loyalty. Tie them around your neck; carve their initials on your heart.”

From my (the author) journal, January 4, 2015:

“Loyalty, being loyal, is not very well known, seldom talked about, seldom experienced in our culture. It is a trait I desire in myself, a trait I admire in those few that I know that really have it. My true friends, my real friends, are loyal to our friendship. I know that no matter what, no matter the distance or time that separates us, I can count on their friendship, their loyalty to me and our relationship. That is a rare thing, and it is precious to me. God help me to be a better friend to others, to be loyal to You, and to those precious friendships you have given me.”

Psalm 100

For God is sheer beauty, all-generous in love, loyal always and ever. (Author’s note: Part of the definition of “loyal” is that it is “always and ever.”  Part time loyalty is not loyalty.)

Steve Largent and Jim Zorn, friends who have “gone to war” together and remained loyal friends over the years.