497+ Best Tolkien Quotes to Get Lot of Education – 2020

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien CBE FRSL was an English essayist, writer, philologist, and scholarly, who is most popular as the writer of the great high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

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Tolkien Quotes on Creativity

  • All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.
  • So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their ending!
  • The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.
  • All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.
  • Not all those who wander are lost.
  • A safe fairyland is untrue to all worlds.
  • Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.
  • Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.
  • You have been chosen, and you must therefore use such strength and heart and wits as you have.
  • Myth and fairy-story must, as all art, reflect and contain in solution elements of moral and religious truth (or error), but not explicit, not in the known form of the primary ‘real’ world.
  • I should like to save the Shire, if I could – though there have been times when I thought the inhabitants too stupid and dull for words, and have felt that an earthquake or an invasion of dragons might be good for them.
  • It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.
  • It may be the part of a friend to rebuke a friend’s folly.
  • ‘I wish life was not so short,’ he thought. ‘Languages take such a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about.’
  • I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.
  • Short cuts make long delays.
  • Do not meddle in the affairs of Wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.
  • It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.
  • It is plain indeed that in spite of later estrangement Hobbits are relatives of ours: far nearer to us than Elves, or even than Dwarves. Of old they spoke the languages of Men, after their own fashion, and liked and disliked much the same things as Men did. But what exactly our relationship is can no longer be discovered.
  • They say it is the first step that costs the effort. I do not find it so. I am sure I could write unlimited ‘first chapters’. I have indeed written many.
  • A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid.
  • Don’t go getting mixed up in the business of your betters, or you’ll land in trouble too big for you.
  • I never liked Hans Christian Andersen because I knew he was always getting at me.
  • Go not to the Elves for counsel, for they will say both no and yes.
  • Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.
  • Courage is found in unlikely places.
  • If you really want to know what Middle-earth is based on, it’s my wonder and delight in the earth as it is, particularly the natural earth.
  • If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
  • In October 1920 I went to Leeds as Reader in English Language, with a free commission to develop the linguistic side of a large and growing School of English Studies, in which no regular provision had as yet been made for the linguistic specialist.
  • The proper study of Man is anything but Man; and the most improper job of any man, even saints (who at any rate were at least unwilling to take it on), is bossing other men. Not one in a million is fit for it, and least of all those who seek the opportunity.
  • A pen is to me as a beak is to a hen.
  • Many children make up, or begin to make up, imaginary languages. I have been at it since I could write.
  • The original ‘Hobbit’ was never intended to have a sequel – Bilbo ‘remained very happy to the end of his days and those were extraordinarily long’: a sentence I find an almost insuperable obstacle to a satisfactory link.
  • A friend of mine tells that I talk in shorthand and then smudge it.
  • Hobbits are an unobtrusive but very ancient people, more numerous formerly than they are today; for they love peace and quiet and good tilled earth: a well-ordered and well-farmed countryside was their favourite haunt.
  • I dislike Allegory – the conscious and intentional allegory – yet any attempt to explain the purport of myth or fairytale must use allegorical language.
  • I don’t like allegories.
  • Middle English is an exciting field – almost uncharted, I begin to think, because as soon as one turns detailed personal attention on to any little corner of it, the received notions and ideas seem to crumple up and fall to pieces – as far as language goes, at any rate.
  • Not all those who wander are lost.
  • One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.
  • All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.
  • It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door.
  • A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid.
  • Little by little, one travels far.
  • Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.
  • Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.
  • If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
  • Courage is found in unlikely places.
  • Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.
  • I will not say, do not weep, for not all tears are an evil.
  • The Road goes ever on and on / Down from the door where it began. / Now far ahead the Road has gone, / And I must follow, if I can.
  • All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.
  • I warn you, if you bore me, I shall take my revenge.
  • If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
  • The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater
  • Short cuts make long delays.
  • All that is gold does not glitter, / Not all those who wander are lost; / The old that is strong does not wither, / Deep roots are not reached by the frost. / From the ashes a fire shall be woken, / A light from the shadows shall spring; / Renewed shall be blade that was broken, / The crownless again shall be king.
  • No half-heartedness and no worldly fear must turn us aside from following the light unflinchingly.
  • Home is behind, the world ahead, / And there are many paths to tread / Through shadows to the edge of night, / Until the stars are all alight. / Then world behind and home ahead, / We’ll wander back and home to bed. / Mist and twilight, cloud and shade, / Away shall fade! Away shall fade!
  • It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.
  • It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.
  • A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it.
  • Still round the corner there may wait / A new road or a secret gate / And though I oft have passed them by / A day will come at last when I / Shall take the hidden paths that run / West of the Moon, East of the Sun.
  • And he took her in his arms and kissed her under the sunlit sky, and he cared not that they stood high upon the walls in the sight of many.
  • The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.
  • Never laugh at live dragons
  • It is useless to meet revenge with revenge; it will heal nothing.
  • Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
  • May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.
  • I will not walk backward in life.
  • Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.

Tolkien Quotes on Life

  • Darkness must pass / A new day will come / And when the sun shines / It will shine out the clearer
  • Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.
  • Such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.
  • Courage is found in unlikely places.
  • It is perilous to study too deeply the arts of the Enemy, for good or for ill. But such falls and betrayals, alas, have happened before.
  • Go not to the Elves for counsel, for they will say both no and yes.
  • Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens
  • He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.
  • Deserves it! I dare say he does. Many that live deserve death and some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be so eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the wise cannot see all ends.
  • Do not meddle in the affairs of Wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.
  • Hill. Yes, that was it. But it is a hasty word for a thing that has stood here ever since this part of the world was shaped.
  • The praise of the praiseworthy is above all rewards.
  • Well, here at last, dear friends, on the shores of the sea comes the end of our fellowship in middle-earth. Go in peace! I will not say: do not weep for not all tears are an evil.
  • Far over the misty mountains cold To dungeons deep and caverns old We must away ere break of day To seek the pale enchanted gold.
  • I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.
  • Still round the corner there may wait A new road or a secret gate And though I oft have passed them by The day will come at last when Shall take the hidden paths that run West of the Moon and East of the Sun.
  • ‘I wish it need not have happened in my time,’ said Frodo. ‘So do I,’ said Gandalf, ‘and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.’
  • Seldom give unguarded advice, for advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.
  • Short cuts make delays, but inns make longer ones.
  • All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king.
  • I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.
  • If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
  • I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone.
  • It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.
  • It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.
  • Gandalf was shorter in stature than the other two; but his long white hair, his sweeping silver beard, and his broad shoulders, made him look like some wise king of ancient legend. In his aged face under great snowy brows his eyes were set like coals that could suddenly burst into fire.
  • Some say that he is a bear descended from the great and ancient bears of the mountains that lived there before the giants came, Others say he is a man descended from the first men who lived before Smaug or the other dragons came into this part oft he world, and before the goblins came into the hills out of the North. I cannot say, though I fancy the last is the true tale.
  • I once saw him sitting alone on the top of the Carrock at night watching the the moon sinking towards the Misty Mountains, and I heard him growl in the tongue of bears: The day will come when they will perish and I shall go back! That is why I believe he once came from the mountains himself.
  • Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. I have not much hope that Gollum can be cured before he dies, but there is a chance of it. And he is bound up with the fate of the Ring. My heart tells me that he has some part to play yet, for good or ill, before the end; and when that comes, the pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many – yours not least.
  • Good morning! said Bilbo, and he meant it. The sun was shining, and the grass was very green. But Gandalf looked at him from under long bushy eyebrows that stuck out farther than the brim of his shady hat.
  • What do you mean? he said. Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?
  • I kill where I wish and none dare resist. I laid low the warriors of old and their like is not in the world today. Then I was but young and tender. Now I am old and strong, strong strong.
  • There were lots of dragons in the North in those days, and gold was probably getting scarce up there, with the dwarves flying south or getting killed, and all the general waste and destruction that dragons make going from bad to worse. There was a most specially greedy, strong and wicked worm called Smaug.
  • My armour is like tenfold shields, my teeth are swords, my claws spears, the shock of my tail is a thunderbolt, my wings a hurricane, and my breath death!
  • Take him away and keep him safe, until he feels inclined to tell the truth, even if he waits a hundred years.
  • You are more worthy to wear the armour of elf-princes than many that have looked more comely in it.
  • Sauron was become now a sorcerer of dreadful power, master of shadows and of phantoms, foul in wisdom, cruel in strength, misshaping what he touched, twisting what he ruled, lord of werewolves; his dominion was torment. He took Minas Tirith by assault, for a dark cloud of fear fell upon those that defended it; and Orodreth was driven out, and fled to Nargothrond.
  • But do you remember Gandalf’s words: Even Gollum may have something yet to do? But for him, Sam, I could not have destroyed the Ring. The Quest would have been in vain, even at the bitter end. So let us forgive him! For the Quest is achieved and now all is over. I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam.
  • In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
  • That is a fair lord and a great captain of men. If Gondor has such men still in these days of fading, great must have been its glory in the days of its rising.
  • Morgoth held hurled aloft Grond, Hammer of the Underworld, and swung it down like a bolt of thunder. But Fingolfin sprang aside, and Grond rent a mighty pit in the earth, whence smoke and fire darted. Many times Morgoth essayed to smite him, and each time Fingolfin leaped away, as a lightning shoots from under dark cloud; and he wounded Morgoth with seven wounds, and seven times Morgoth gave a cry of anguish, whereat the hosts of Angband fell upon their faces in dismay, and the cries echoed in the Northlands.
  • And now at last it comes. You will give me the Ring freely! In place of the Dark Lord you will set up a Queen. And I shall not be dark, but beautiful and terrible as the Morning and the Night! Fair as the Sea and the Sun and the Snow upon the Mountain! Dreadful as the Storm and the Lightning! Stronger than the foundations of the earth. All shall love me and despair!
  • I have come, he said. But I do not choose now to do what I came to do. I will not do this deed. The Ring is mine! And suddenly, as he set it on his finger, he vanished from Sam’s sight.
  • Seek for the Sword that was broken: In Imladris it dwells;there shall be counsels taken Stronger than Morgul-spells. There shall be shown a token That Doom is near at hand, For Isildur’s Bane shall waken, And the Halfling forth shall stand.
  • You cannot pass, he said. The orcs stood still, and a dead silence fell. I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. You cannot pass. The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow! You cannot pass.
  • Sorry! I don’t want any adventures, thank you. Not Today. Good morning! But please come to tea – any time you like! Why not tomorrow? Good bye!
  • Bother burgling and everything to do with it! I wish I was at home in my nice hole by the fire, with the kettle just beginning to sing!
  • ‘I am old, Gandalf. I don’t look it, but I am beginning to feel it in my heart of hearts. Well-preserved indeed!’ he snorted. ‘Why, I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread. That can’t be right. I need a change, or something.’
  • Now news came to Hithlum that Dorthonion was lost and the sons of Finarfin overthrown, and that the sons of Fëanor were driven from their lands. Then Fingolfin beheld… the utter ruin of the Noldor, and the defeat beyond redress of all their houses; and filled with wrath and despair he mounted upon Rochallor his great horse and rode forth alone, and none might restrain him. He passed over Dor-nu-Fauglith like a wind amid the dust, and all that beheld his onset fled in amaze, thinking that Oromë himself was come: for a great madness of rage was upon him, so that his eyes shone like the eyes of the Valar. Thus he came alone to Angband’s gates, and he sounded his horn, and smote once more upon the brazen doors, and challenged Morgoth to come forth to single combat. And Morgoth came.
  • Come not between the Nazgûl and his prey! Or he will not slay thee in thy turn. He will bear thee away to the houses of lamentation, beyond all darkness, where thy flesh shall be devoured, and thy shriveled mind be left naked to the Lidless Eye.
  • A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it.
  • I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence.
  • Some who have read the book, or at any rate have reviewed it, have found it boring, absurd, or contemptible; and I have no cause to complain, since I have similar opinions of their works, or of the kinds of writing that they evidently prefer.
  • It was like discovering a complete wine-filled cellar filled with bottles of an amazing wine of a kind and flavor never tasted before. It quite intoxicated me […]
  • Never laugh at live dragons, Bilbo you fool!
  • The Black Rider flung back his hood, and behold! he had a kingly crown; and yet upon no head visible was it set. The red fires shone between it and the mantled shoulders vast and dark. From a mouth unseen there came a deadly laughter.
  • ‘Old fool!’ he said. ‘Old fool! This is my hour. Do you not know Death when you see it? Die now and curse in vain!’ And with that he lifted high his sword and flames ran down the blade.
  • Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone, Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die, One for the Dark Lord in his dark throne In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie. One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
  • Old Tom Bombadil is a merry fellow, Bright blue his jacket is, and his boots are yellow. None has ever caught him yet, for Tom, he is the master: His songs are stronger songs, and his feet are faster.
  • ‘It was a compliment,’ said Merry Brandybuck, ‘and so, of course, not true.’
  • The invention of languages is the foundation. The ‘stories’ were made rather to provide a world for the languages than the reverse. To me a name comes first and the story follows.
  • Thank you for your letter … I regret that I am not clear as to what you intend by arisch. I am not of Aryan extraction: that is Indo-Iranian; as far as I am aware none of my ancestors spoke Hindustani, Persian, Gypsy, or any related dialects. But if I am to understand that you are enquiring whether I am of Jewish origin, I can only reply that I regret that I appear to have no ancestors of that gifted people.
  • It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.
  • He often used to say there was only one Road; that it was like a great river: its springs were at every doorstep and every path was its tributary. ‘It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,’ he used to say. ‘You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no telling where you might be swept off to.’
  • Many are the strange chances of the world,’ said Mithrandir, ‘and help oft shall come from the hands of the weak when the Wise falter.
  • Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.
  • Such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.
  • The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.
  • And then her heart changed, or at least she understood it; and the winter passed, and the sun shone upon her.
  • I was talking aloud to myself. A habit of the old: they choose the wisest person present to speak to.
  • His grief he will not forget; but it will not darken his heart, it will teach him wisdom.

Tolkien Quotes on Death

  • All’s well that ends better.
  • It is not our part here to take thought only for a season, or for a few lives of Men, or for a passing age of the world. We should seek a final end of this menace, even if we do not hope to make one.
  • You are wise and powerful. Will you not take the Ring? No! cried Gandalf, springing to his feet. With that power I should have power too great and terrible. And over me the Ring would gain a power still greater and more deadly. His eyes flashed and his face was lit as by a fire within. Do not tempt me! For I do not wish to become like the Dark Lord himself. Yet the way of the Ring to my heart is by pity, pity for weakness and the desire of strength to do good. Do not tempt me! I dare not take it, not even to keep it safe, unused. The wish to wield it would be too great for my strength. I shall have such need of it. Great perils lie before me.
  • What a pity that Bilbo did not stab that vile creature, when he had a chance!
  • Pity? It was Pity that stayed his hand. Pity, and Mercy: not to strike without need. And he has been well rewarded, Frodo. Be sure that he took so little hurt from the evil, and escaped in the end, because he began his ownership of the Ring so. With Pity.
  • The treacherous are ever distrustful.
  • Then darkness took me, and I strayed out of thought and time, and I wandered far on roads that I will not tell. Naked I was sent back – for a brief time, until my task is done.
  • Not all those who wander are lost.
  • It is a comfort not to be mistaken at all points. Do I not know it only too well!
  • I wish it need not have happened in my time, said Frodo. So do I, said Gandalf, and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.
  • It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.
  • I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.
  • If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
  • Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.
  • The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.
  • Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.
  • It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.
  • War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.
  • Courage is found in unlikely places.
  • It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.
  • To me it would not seem that a Steward who faithfully surrenders his charge is diminished in love or in honour.
  • With a terrible cry the Balrog fell forward, and its shadow plunged down and vanished. But even as it fell it swung its whip, and the thongs lashed and curled about the wizard’s knees, dragging him to the brink. He staggered and fell, grasped vainly at the stone, and slid into the abyss. ‘Fly, you fools!’ he cried, and was gone.
  • May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.
  • There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.
  • Let folly be our cloak, a veil before the eyes of the Enemy! For he is very wise, and weighs all things to a nicety in the scales of his malice. But the only measure that he knows is desire, desire for power; and so he judges all hearts. Into his heart the thought will not enter that any will refuse it, that having the Ring we may seek to destroy it. If we seek this, we shall put him out of reckoning.
  • I am with you at present, said Gandalf, but soon I shall not be. I am not coming to the Shire. You must settle its affairs yourselves; that is what you have been trained for. Do you not yet understand? My time is over: it is no longer my task to set things to rights, nor to help folk to do so. And as for you, my dear friends, you will need no help. You are grown up now. Grown indeed very high; among the great you are, and I have no longer any fear at all for any of you.
  • May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.
  • Where there’s life there’s hope.
  • I warn you, if you bore me, I shall take my revenge.
  • In sorrow we must go, but not in despair. Behold! we are not bound for ever to the circles of the world, and beyond them is more than memory.
  • Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.
  • Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.
  • Never laugh at live dragons…
  • Go back? he thought. No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go! So up he got, and trotted along with his little sword held in front of him and one hand feeling the wall, and his heart all of a patter and a pitter.
  • Short cuts make long delays.
  • A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it.
  • ″‘The Eagles! The Eagles!’ he shouted. ‘The Eagles are coming!‘
  • ″‘What have I got in my pocket?’ he said aloud. He was talking to himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully upset.
  • Farewell, King under the Mountain! This is a bitter adventure, if it must end so; and not a mountain of gold can amend it. Yet I am glad that I have shared in your perils – that has been more than any Baggins deserves.
  • Deep is the abyss that is spanned by Durin’s Bridge, and none has measured it, said Gimli. Yet it has a bottom, beyond light and knowledge, said Gandalf.
  • Sorry! I don’t want any adventures, thank you. Not Today. Good morning! But please come to tea – any time you like! Why not tomorrow? Good bye!
  • In this hour, I do not believe that any darkness will endure.
  • We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner! I can’t think what anybody sees in them.
  • Victory after all, I suppose! Well, it seems a very gloomy business.
  • So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their ending!
  • All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost.
  • I came from the end of bag, but no bag went over me. I am the friend of bears and the guest of eagles. I am Ring-winner and Luckwearer; and I am Barrel-rider.
  • ″‘I will give you a name,’ he said to it, ‘and I shall call you Sting.‘
  • ″‘Very well!’ said Bilbo very downcast, and also rather annoyed. ‘Come along back to your nice cells, and I will lock you all in again, and you can sit there comfortably and think of a better plan-but I don’t suppose I shall ever get hold of the keys again, even if I feel inclined to try.‘
  • Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?
  • ″‘If ever you are passing my way,’ said Bilbo, ‘don’t wait to knock! Tea is at four; but any of you are welcome at any time!‘
  • Then Bilbo fled [with the cup]. But the dragon did not wake – not yet – but shifted into other dreams of greed and violence, lying there in his stolen hall while the little hobbit toiled back up the long tunnel. His heart was beating and a more fevered shaking was in his legs than when he was going down, but still he clutched the cup, and his chief thought was: ‘I’ve done it! This will show them. ‘More like a grocer than a burglar’ indeed! Well, we’ll hear no more of that.‘
  • The Road goes ever on and on Down from the door where it began, Now far ahead the Road has gone, And I must follow, if I can.
  • He is in great fear, not knowing what mighty one may suddenly appear, wielding the Ring, and assailing him with war, seeking to cast him down and take his place. That we should wish to cast him down and have no one in his place is not a thought that occurs to his mind. That we should try to destroy the Ring itself has not yet entered into his darkest dream.
  • The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.
  • Bother burgling and everything to do with it! I wish I was at home in my nice hole by the fire, with the kettle just beginning to sing!
  • I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.
  • You cannot pass, he said. The orcs stood still, and a dead silence fell. I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. You cannot pass. The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow! You cannot pass.
  • ″‘It will not be long now,’ thought Bilbo, ‘before the goblins win the Gate, and we are all slaughtered or driven down and captured. Really it is enough to make one weep, after all one has gone through. I would rather old Smaug had been left with all the wretched treasure, than that these vile creatures should get it, and poor old Bombur, and Balin and Fili and Kili and all the rest come to a bad end; and Bard too, and the Lake-men and the merry elves. Misery me! I have heard songs of many battles, and I have always understood that defeat may be glorious. It seems very uncomfortable, not to say distressing. I wish I was well out of it.‘
  • It is useless to meet revenge with revenge; it will heal nothing.
  • ″‘I am old, Gandalf. I don’t look it, but I am beginning to feel it in my heart of hearts. Well-preserved indeed!’ he snorted. ‘Why, I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread. That can’t be right. I need a change, or something.‘
  • I beg of you, said Bilbo stammering and standing on one foot, to accept this gift! and he brought out a necklace of silver and pearls that Dain had given him at their parting.
  • In what way have I earned such a gift, O hobbit? said the king.
  • Well, er, I thought, don’t you know, said Bilbo rather confused, that, er, some little return should be made for your, er, hospitality. I mean even a burglar has his feelings. I have drunk much of your wine and eaten much of your bread.
  • I will take your gift, O Bilbo the Magnificent, said the king gravely.
  • All the same, I should like it all plain and clear, said [Bilbo] obstinately, putting on his business manner (usually reserved for people who tried to borrow money off him), and doing his best to appear wise and prudent and professional and live up to Gandalf’s recommendation. Also I should like to know about risks, out-of-pocket expenses, time required and remuneration, and so forth – by which he meant: What am I going to get out of it? and am I going to come back alive?
  • And he took her in his arms and kissed her under the sunlit sky, and he cared not that they stood high upon the walls in the sight of many.
  • Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.
  • It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.
  • There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.
  • Most men teach, and few men learn.

Tolkien Quotes about Nature

  • All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
  • I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.
  • It is useless to meet revenge with revenge; it will heal nothing.
  • False hopes are more dangerous than fears.
  • All have their worth and each contributes to the worth of the others.
  • If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
  • A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a shortcut to meet it.
  • Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.
  • Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.
  • I was talking aloud to myself. A habit of the old: they choose the wisest person present to speak to.
  • Where there’s life there’s hope.
  • I will not walk backward in life.
  • Little by little, one travels far.
  • Not all those who wander are lost.
  • Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.
  • All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.
  • No half-heartedness and no worldly fear must turn us aside from following the light unflinchingly.
  • There is nothing like looking if you want to find something.
  • Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.
  • It’s the job that’s never started that takes the longest to finish.
  • Darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines, it will shine out the clearer.
  • There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.
  • You have been chosen, and you must therefore use such strength and heart and wits as you have.
  • Courage is found in unlikely places.
  • A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.
  • Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.
  • The wise speak only of what they know.
  • The biggest adventure is what lies ahead.
  • A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.
  • Courage is found in unlikely places.
  • I will not say, do not weep, for not all tears are evil.
  • All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost.
  • And some things that were not meant to be forgotten were lost.
  • I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.
  • There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.
  • If most of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold it would be a merrier world.
  • You can only come to the morning through the shadows.
  • This is a story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected.
  • I feel that as long as the Shire lies behind, safe and comfortable, I shall find wandering more bearable: I shall know that somewhere there is a firm foothold, even if my feet cannot stand there again.
  • I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.
  • And then her heart changed, or at least she understood it; and the winter passed, and the sun shone upon her.
  • It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life.
  • All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.
  • I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay, small acts of kindness and love.
  • A safe fairyland is untrue to all worlds.
  • Darkness must pass, a new day will come. And when the sun shines, it will shine out the clearer.
  • It’s the job that’s never started that takes the longest to finish.
  • May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.
  • The road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the road has gone, and I must follow, if I can.
  • It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no telling where you might be swept off to.
  • Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.
  • Home is behind, the world ahead.
  • Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.
  • The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places. But still there is much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater.
  • May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.
  • For even the very wise cannot see all ends.
  • Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning or that it is a morning to be good on?
  • Little by little, one travels far.
  • Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.
  • Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.
  • It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.
  • If more of us valued food and cheer above hoarded gold, it would be a much merrier world.
  • Fantasy remains a human right: we make in our measure and in our derivative mode, because we are made: and not only made, but made in the image and likeness of a Maker.
  • A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it.
  • Never laugh at live dragons.
  • It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.
  • War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.
  • Trolls are slow in the uptake, and mighty suspicious about anything new to them.
  • Do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.
  • There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.
  • Wars are not favourable to delicate pleasures.

Tolkien Quotes on Friendship

  • I have claimed that Escape is one of the main functions of fairy-stories, and since I do not disapprove of them, it is plain that I do not accept the tone of scorn or pity with which ‘Escape’ is now so often used. Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if he cannot do so, he thinks and talks about other topics than jailers and prison-walls?
  • Yet in doubt a man of worth will trust to his own wisdom.
  • Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.
  • I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.
  • I will not say, do not weep, for not all tears are an evil.
  • Many evil things there are that your strong walls and bright swords do not stay.
  • False hopes are more dangerous than fears.
  • The guest who has escaped from the roof, will think twice before he comes back in by the door.
  • No language is justly studied merely as an aid to other purposes. It will in fact better serve other purposes, philological or historical, when it is studied for love, for itself.
  • Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?
  • Nearly all marriages, even happy ones, are mistakes: in the sense that almost certainly (in a more perfect world, or even with a little more care in this very imperfect one) both partners might be found more suitable mates. But the real soul-mate is the one you are actually married to.
  • Dwarves are not heroes, but calculating folk with a great idea of the value of money.
  • It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.
  • All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.
  • The Road goes ever on and on Down from the door where it began, Now far ahead the Road has gone, And I must follow if I can, Pursuing it with eager feet, Until it joins some larger way Where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say.
  • Where there’s a whip there’s a will, my slugs.
  • He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.
  • Anything is possible in the fabulous Celtic twilight, which is not so much a twilight of the gods as of the reason.
  • Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.
  • The greatest adventure is what lies ahead. Today and tomorrow are yet to be said. The chances, the changes are all yours to make. The mold of your life is in your hands to break.
  • If we all got angry together something might be done.
  • The Gospels contain a fairy-story, or a story of a larger kind which embraces all the essence of fairy-stories. … But this story has entered History and the primary world; … It has pre-eminently the inner consistency of reality. There is no tale ever told that men would rather find was true, and none which so many sceptical men have accepted as true on its own merits. For the Art of it has the supremely convincing tone of Primary Art, that is, of Creation. …this story is supreme; and it is true. Art has been verified. God is the Lord, of angels, and of men–and of elves. Legend and History have met and fused.
  • Time does not tarry ever … but change and growth is not in all things and places alike.
  • It is a comfort not to be mistaken at all points.
  • Many folk like to know beforehand what is to be set on the table; but those who have laboured to prepare the feast like to keep their secret; for wonder makes the words of praise louder.
  • It is perilous to study too deeply the arts of the Enemy, for good or for ill.
  • In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
  • One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
  • How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on, when in your heart, you begin to understand, there is no going back? There are some things that time cannot mend. Some hurts that go too deep … that have taken hold.
  • I am personally immensely amused by hobbits as such, and can contemplate them eating and making their rather fatuous remarks indefinitely; but I find that is not the case with even my most devoted fans.
  • Short cuts make delays, but inns make longer ones
  • It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.
  • The original ‘Hobbit’ was never intended to have a sequel – Bilbo ‘remained very happy to the end of his days and those were extraordinarily long’: a sentence I find an almost insuperable obstacle to a satisfactory link.
  • A friend of mine tells that I talk in shorthand and then smudge it.
  • Don’t go getting mixed up in the business of your betters, or you’ll land in trouble too big for you.
  • If you really want to know what Middle-earth is based on, it’s my wonder and delight in the earth as it is, particularly the natural earth.
  • Hobbits are an unobtrusive but very ancient people, more numerous formerly than they are today; for they love peace and quiet and good tilled earth: a well-ordered and well-farmed countryside was their favourite haunt.
  • ‘I wish life was not so short,’ he thought. ‘Languages take such a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about.’
  • Myth and fairy-story must, as all art, reflect and contain in solution elements of moral and religious truth (or error), but not explicit, not in the known form of the primary ‘real’ world.
  • Do not meddle in the affairs of Wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.
  • I don’t like allegories.
  • I should like to save the Shire, if I could – though there have been times when I thought the inhabitants too stupid and dull for words, and have felt that an earthquake or an invasion of dragons might be good for them.
  • Many children make up, or begin to make up, imaginary languages. I have been at it since I could write.
  • I never liked Hans Christian Andersen because I knew he was always getting at me.
  • A safe fairyland is untrue to all worlds.
  • It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.
  • It may be the part of a friend to rebuke a friend’s folly.
  • They say it is the first step that costs the effort. I do not find it so. I am sure I could write unlimited ‘first chapters’. I have indeed written many.
  • I dislike Allegory – the conscious and intentional allegory – yet any attempt to explain the purport of myth or fairytale must use allegorical language.
  • Go not to the Elves for counsel, for they will say both no and yes.
  • A pen is to me as a beak is to a hen.
  • I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.
  • You have been chosen, and you must therefore use such strength and heart and wits as you have.
  • A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid.
  • The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.
  • Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.
  • It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.
  • Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.
  • All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.
  • Short cuts make long delays.
  • If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
  • So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their ending!
  • Not all those who wander are lost.
  • Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.
  • Courage is found in unlikely places.
  • All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.
  • The proper study of Man is anything but Man; and the most improper job of any man, even saints (who at any rate were at least unwilling to take it on), is bossing other men. Not one in a million is fit for it, and least of all those who seek the opportunity.
  • It is plain indeed that in spite of later estrangement Hobbits are relatives of ours: far nearer to us than Elves, or even than Dwarves. Of old they spoke the languages of Men, after their own fashion, and liked and disliked much the same things as Men did. But what exactly our relationship is can no longer be discovered.
  • Middle English is an exciting field – almost uncharted, I begin to think, because as soon as one turns detailed personal attention on to any little corner of it, the received notions and ideas seem to crumple up and fall to pieces – as far as language goes, at any rate.
  • In October 1920 I went to Leeds as Reader in English Language, with a free commission to develop the linguistic side of a large and growing School of English Studies, in which no regular provision had as yet been made for the linguistic specialist.
  • The biggest adventure is what lies ahead.

Tolkien Quotes about Education

  • The wise speak only of what they know.
  • Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.
  • A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.
  • You have been chosen, and you must therefore use such strength and heart and wits as you have.
  • There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.
  • Courage is found in unlikely places.
  • Darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines, it will shine out the clearer.
  • It’s the job that’s never started that takes the longest to finish.
  • Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.
  • There is nothing like looking if you want to find something.
  • No half-heartedness and no worldly fear must turn us aside from following the light unflinchingly.
  • All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.
  • Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.
  • Not all those who wander are lost.
  • Little by little, one travels far.
  • I will not walk backward in life.
  • Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.
  • Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.
  • In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
  • Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?
  • It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.
  • I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.
  • The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.
  • Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.
  • Never laugh at live dragons.
  • If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
  • It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.
  • There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
  • You have nice manners for a thief and a liar, said the dragon.
  • Fly you fools.
  • So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.
  • Fear both the heat and the cold of your heart, and try to have patience, if you can.
  • Fair speech may hide a foul heart.
  • Yes, I am here. And you are lucky to be here too after all the absurd things you’ve done since you left home.
  • What does your heart tell you?
  • And then her heart changed, or at least she understood it; and the winter passed, and the sun shone upon her.
  • It is useless to meet revenge with revenge; it will heal nothing.
  • Some who have read the book, or at any rate have reviewed it, have found it boring, absurd, or contemptible, and I have no cause to complain, since I have similar opinions of their works, or of the kinds of writing that they evidently prefer.
  • In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
  • Living by faith includes the call to something greater than cowardly self-preservation.
  • Well, here at last, dear friends, on the shores of the Sea comes the end of our fellowship in Middle-earth. Go in peace! I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.
  • I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.
  • For myself, I find I become less cynical rather than more–remembering my own sins and follies; and realize that men’s hearts are not often as bad as their acts, and very seldom as bad as their words.
  • Advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.
  • The road goes ever on and on.
  • There are no safe paths in this part of the world. Remember you are over the Edge of the Wild now, and in for all sorts of fun wherever you go.
  • All’s well that ends better.
  • Where there’s life there’s hope, and need of vittles.
  • The wise speak only of what they know.
  • Not all those who wander are lost.
  • I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.
  • It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.
  • Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!
  • And he took her in his arms and kissed her under the sunlit sky, and he cared not that they stood high upon the walls in the sight of many.
  • Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.
  • I warn you, if you bore me, I shall take my revenge.
  • The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot for ever fence it out.
  • The world is full enough of hurts and mischances without wars to multiply them.
  • Don’t go where I can’t follow!
  • Living by faith includes the call to something greater than cowardly self-preservation.
  • Fair speech may hide a foul heart.
  • Advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.
  • I am in fact, a hobbit in all but size
  • The road goes ever on and on.
  • Don’t adventures ever have an end? I suppose not. Someone else always has to carry on on the story.
  • I am old, Gandalf. I don’t look it, but I am beginning to feel it in my heart of hearts. Well-preserved indeed! Why, I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread. That can’t be right. I need a change, or something.
  • I was talking aloud to myself. A habit of the old: they choose the wisest person present to speak to.
  • It is perilous to study too deeply the arts of the Enemy, for good or for ill.
  • The way is shut. It was made by those who are Dead, and the Dead keep it, until the time comes. The way is shut.
  • False hopes are more dangerous than fears.
  • The wise speak only of what they know.

Tolkien Quotes on Reading

  • A box without hinges, key, or lid, Yet golden treasure inside is hid.
  • A hunted man sometimes wearies of distrust and longs for friendship.
  • For we put the thought of all that we love into all that we make.
  • Positive thoughts. Positive Life.
  • My goal for 2019 is to never let myself fall as low as I did this year … never again.
  • Happy new dreams. Happy new days. Happy new desires. Happy new ways. Happy New Year. Happy new you.
  • 12 new chapters, 365 new chances.
  • New Year, new feels, new chances. Same dreams, fresh starts.
  • 365 new days, 365 new chances.
  • Happiness is the new rich. Inner peace is the new success. Health is the new wealth. Kindness is the new cool.
  • This will be a good year.
  • 2017 changed me. 2018 broke me. 2019 opened my eyes. 2020 I’m coming back.
  • Wishing you peace, love, and laughter in the new year.
  • A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action becomes reality.
  • New year. New me. Better me.
  • A new year. A fresh start. Same dreams. Feel the fear and do it anyway. 365 new days. 365 chances.
  • I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life.
  • And I went into the new year loving myself a little less, but a little more where it actually mattered.
  • Dream it. Wish it. Do it.
  • You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
  • Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, I’m possible.
  • Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing.
  • This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.
  • “Not all who wander are lost.”
  • “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
  • “All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”
  • “There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”
  • “Courage is found in unlikely places.”
  • “The world is not in your books and maps, it’s out there.”
  • “Who cannot understand your silence, cannot understand your words.”
  • “Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.”
  • “No victory without suffering.”
  • “The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.”
  • “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.”
  • “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
  • “From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king.”
  • “Above all shadows rides the sun.”
  • “May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”
  • “Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?”
  • “The Road goes ever on and on Down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, And I must follow, if I can, Pursuing it with eager feet, Until it joins some larger way Where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say.”
  • “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
  • “If you do not believe in a personal God, the question: ‘What is the purpose of life?’ is unaskable and unanswerable.”
  • “Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life.”
  • “It is no bad thing celebrating a simple life.”
  • “May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.”
  • “End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path. One that we all must take.”
  • “It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.”
  • “Home is now behind you, the world is ahead!”
  • “One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.”
  • “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.”
  • “For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”
  • “True education is a kind of never ending story – a matter of continual beginnings, of habitual fresh starts, of persistent newness.”
  • “Never laugh at live dragons.”
  • “Look, up at the sky. There is a light, a beauty up there, that no shadow can touch.”
  • “I will not walk backward in life.”
  • “War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.”
  • “The burned hand teaches best.”
  • “Home is behind, the world ahead, And there are many paths to tread Through shadows to the edge of night, Until the stars are all alight. Then world behind and home ahead, We’ll wander back and home to bed. Mist and twilight, cloud and shade, Away shall fade! Away shall fade!”
  • “What punishments of God are not gifts?”
  • “The world has changed. I see it in the water. I feel it in the Earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost, For none now live who remember it.”
  • “The stars are far brighter Than gems without measure, The moon is far whiter Than silver in treasure; The fire is more shining On hearth in the gloaming Than gold won by mining, So why go a-roaming? O! Tra-la-la-lally Come back to the Valley.”
  • “Great heart will not be denied.”
  • “I’m looking for someone to share in an adventure.”
  • “I do not believe this darkness will endure.”
  • “The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”
  • “Let this be the hour when we draw swords together. Fell deeds awake. Now for wrath, now for ruin, and the red dawn. Forth, Eorlingas!”
  • “Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.”
  • “Speak politely to an enraged dragon.”
  • “No half-heartedness and no worldly fear must turn us aside from following the light unflinchingly.”
  • “There is a place called ‘heaven’ where the good here unfinished is completed; and where the stories unwritten, and the hopes unfulfilled, are continued. We may laugh together yet.”
  • “All that is gold does not glitter.”
  • “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”
  • “Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.”
  • Not all those who wander are lost.

Conclusion

After Tolkien’s passing, his child Christopher distributed a progression of works dependent on his dad’s broad notes and unpublished original copies, including The Silmarillion.

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