It will go on after me, for this Company is an idea. It is a dream – a dream that is much older than you or I and only slightly younger than the world: Men must help one another in dangerous times and places. (2.59)
But finally it was time for me to return to my mortal world. It was reluctantly that the Lord said good-bye to me and added, "We will save a place at the banquet table for you. You will be eating with us soon, though, if you just remember to watch for the tests and hold to the dragon-ness within that softskin body. Now fare you well." (3.85)
"Were you really going to bring Mother over here?"
"It's only a dream of ours, Shadow," Father said gently. "Before I left home, your mother and I secretly agreed to do it could be managed; but I'm more likely to fly again in this life than to bring our mother over here."
"But perhaps you will fly," I said. "What better test of your dragon-ness than if you could fly in a softskin body? And if you could do that hard task, Uncle would have to believe you were once a real dragon, and then he would respect you even more than he does and he would do what you say. Then you could bring Mother over." (4.97-99)