J.R.R. Tolkien Quotes

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1. “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.”

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Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

2. “Courage is found in unlikely places.”

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3. “Still round the corner there may wait A new road or a secret gateAnd though I oft have passed them by A day will come at last when IShall take the hidden paths that run West of the Moon, East of the Sun.”

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4. “Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.”

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Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

5. “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.”

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Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

6. “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 further 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?""All of them at once," said Bilbo. "And a very fine morning for a pipe of tobacco out of doors, into the bargain...."Good morning!" he said at last. "We don't want any adventures here, thank you! You might try over The Hill or across The Water." By this he meant that the conversation was at an end."What a lot of things you do use Good morning for!" said Gandalf. "Now you mean that you want to get rid of me, and that it won't be good till I move off.”

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Source : The Hobbit

7. “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.”

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Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

8. “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.”

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Source : The Lord of the Rings

9. “He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.”

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Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

10. “It's the job that's never started as takes longest to finish.”

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Source : The Lord of the Rings

11. “I warn you, if you bore me, I shall take my revenge.”

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12. “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?”

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13. “All that is gold does not glitter,Not all those who wander are lost.”

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Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

14. “I am in fact, a hobbit in all but size”

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15. “But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn I am, Éomund's daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him.”

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Source : The Return of the King

16. “Where now are the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing?Where is the helm and the hauberk, and the bright hair flowing?Where is the harp on the harpstring, and the red fire glowing?Where is the spring and the harvest and the tall corn growing?They have passed like rain on the mountain, like a wind in the meadow;The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into shadow.Who shall gather the smoke of the deadwood burning,Or behold the flowing years from the Sea returning?”

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Source : The Two Towers

17. “His grief he will not forget; but it will not darken his heart, it will teach him wisdom.”

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Source : The Return of the King

18. “He used often 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 knowing where you might be swept off to.”

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Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

19. “There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.”

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Source : The Return of the King

20. “You can trust us to stick to you through thick and thin – to the bitter end. And you can trust us to keep any secret of yours – closer than you yourself keep it. But you cannot trust us to let you face trouble alone, and go off without a word. We are your friends, Frodo. Anyway: there it is. We know most of what Gandalf has told you. We know a good deal about the ring. We are horribly afraid–but we are coming with you; or following you like hounds.”

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Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

21. “His rage passes description - the sort of rage that is only seen when rich folk that have more than they can enjoy suddenly lose something that they have long had but have never before used or wanted.”

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Source : The Hobbit, Or, There And Back Again

22. “I wonder if people will ever say, "Let's hear about Frodo and the Ring." And they'll say, "Yes, that's one of my favorite stories. Frodo was really courageous, wasn't he, Dad?" "Yes, m'boy, the most famousest of hobbits. And that's saying a lot.”

Tags : Frodo Lord Of The Rings Middle Earth Sam Gamgee Tolkien
Source : The Two Towers

23. “Bilbo’s Last SongDay is ended, dim my eyes,But journey long before me lies.Farewell, friends! I hear the call.The ship's beside the stony wall.Foam is white and waves are grey;Beyond the sunset leads my way.Foam is salt, the wind is free;I hear the rising of the Sea.Farewell, friends! The sails are set,The wind is east, the moorings fret.Shadows long before me lie,Beneath the ever-bending sky,But islands lie behind the SunThat I shall raise ere all is done;Lands there are to west of West,Where night is quiet and sleep is rest.Guided by the Lonely Star,Beyond the utmost harbour-bar,I’ll find the heavens fair and free,And beaches of the Starlit Sea.Ship, my ship! I seek the West,And fields and mountains ever blest.Farewell to Middle-earth at last.I see the Star above my mast!”

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Source : Bilbo's Last Song

24. “And thou, Melkor, shalt see that no theme may be played that hath not its uttermost source in me, nor can any alter the music in my despite. For he that attempteth this shall prove but mine instrument in the devising of things more wonderful, which he himself hath not imagined.”

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Source : The Silmarillion

25. “Under the Mountain dark and tallThe King has come unto his hall!His foe is dead,the Worm of Dread,And ever so his foes shall fall.The sword is sharp, the spear is long,The arrow swift, the Gate is strong;The heart is bold that looks on gold;The dwarves no more shall suffer wrong.The dwarves of yore made mighty spells,While hammers fells like ringing bellsIn places deep, where dark things sleep,In hollow halls beneath the fells.-from The Hobbit (Dwarves Battle Song)”

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26. “Well, you can go on looking forward," said Gandalf. "There may be many unexpected feasts ahead of you.”

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Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

27. “He was tall as a young tree, lithe, immensely strong, able swiftly to draw a great war-bow and shoot down a Nazgûl, endowed with the tremendous vitality of Elvish bodies, so hard and resistant to hurt that he went only in light shoes over rock or through snow, the most tireless of all the Fellowship.”

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Source : The Book of Lost Tales, Part Two

28. “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. But I don't feel like that now. 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.”

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Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

29. “I met a lot of things on the way that astonished me. Tom Bombadil I knew already; but I had never been to Bree. Strider sitting in the corner at the inn was a shock, and I had no more idea who he was than had Frodo. The Mines of Moria had been a mere name; and of Lothloriene no word had reached my mortal ears till I came there. Far away I knew there were the Horselords on the confines of an ancient Kingdom of Men, but Fanghorn Forest was an unforeseen adventure. I had never heard of the House of Eorl nor of the Stewards of Gondor. Most disquieting of all, Saruman had never been revealed to me, and I was as mystefied as Frodo at Gandalf's failure to appear on September 22.J.R.R. Tolkien, in a letter to W.H. Auden, June 7, 1955”

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30. “No onslaught more fierce was ever seen in the savage world of beasts, where some desperate small creature armed with little teeth, alone, will spring upon a tower of horn and hide that stands above its fallen mate.”

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Source : The Two Towers

31. “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.”

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Source : The Two Towers

32. “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.”

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Source : The Return of the King

33. “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

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34. “Handsome is as handsome does”

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Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

35. “There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for.”

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Source : The Two Towers

36. “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.”

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Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

37. “Never laugh at live dragons.”

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38. “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!”

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39. “Ónen i-estel edain, ú-chebin estel anim.(I gave Hope to the Dúnedain, I have kept none for myself.)(Gilraen's linnod)”

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Source : The Return of the King

40. “To think I should have lived to be goodmorninged by Belladonna Took's son, as if I was selling buttons at the door!”

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Source : The Hobbit: Graphic Novel

41. “Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.”

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Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

42. “I threw down my enemy, and he fell from the high place and broke the mountain-side where he smote it in his ruin.”

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Source : The Two Towers

43. “till suddenly his hand met what felt like a tiny ring of cold metal lying on the floor of the tunnel. It was a turning-point in his career, but he did not know it. He put the ring in his pocket almost without thinking; certainly, it did not seem of any use at the moment.”

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Source : The Hobbit

44. “If you have ever seen a dragon in a pinch, you will realize that this was only poetical exaggeration applied to any hobbit, even to Old Took's great-granduncle Bullroarer, who was so huge (for a hobbit) that he could ride a horse. He charged the ranks of the goblins of Mount Gram in the Battle of the Green Fields, and knocked their king Golfibul's head clean off with a wooden club. It sailed a hundred yards through the air and went down a rabbit-hole, and in this way the battle was won and the game of Golf was invented at the same moment.”

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Source : The Hobbit

45. “I desired dragons with a profound desire. Of course, I in my timid body did not wish to have them in the neighborhood. But the world that contained even the imagination of Fáfnir was richer and more beautiful, at whatever the cost of peril.”

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46. “So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.”

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Source : The Hobbit

47. “My armor is like tenfold shields, my teeth are swords, my claws spears, the shock of my tail a thunderbolt, my wings a hurricane, and my breath death!”

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Source : The Hobbit

48. “I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it's very difficult to find anyone.' I should think so — in these parts! We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!”

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Source : The Hobbit

49. “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.”

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Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

50. “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.”

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Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

51. “We shouldn't be here at all, if we'd known more about it before we started. But I suppose it's often that way. The brave things in the old tales and songs, Mr. Frodo: adventures, as I used to call them. I used to think that they were things the wonderful folk of the stories went out and looked for, because they wanted them, because they were exciting and life was a bit dull, a kind of a sport, as you might say. But that's not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have been just landed in them, usually — their paths were laid that way, as you put it. But I expect they had lots of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn't. And if they had, we shouldn't know, because they'd have been forgotten. We hear about those as just went on — and not all to a good end, mind you; at least not to what folk inside a story and not outside it call a good end. You know, coming home, and finding things all right, though not quite the same — like old Mr Bilbo. But those aren't always the best tales to hear, though they may be the best tales to get landed in! I wonder what sort of a tale we've fallen into?”

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Source : The Two Towers

52. “Ho! Ho! Ho! To the bottle I goTo heal my heart and drown my woeRain may fall, and wind may blowAnd many miles be still to goBut under a tall tree will I lieAnd let the clouds go sailing by”

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53. “In this hour, I do not believe that any darkness will endure.”

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Source : The Return of the King

54. “I think I know already what counsel you would give, Boromir," said Frodo. "And it would seem like wisdom but for the warning of my heart.”

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Source : The Lord of the Rings

55. “But I have been too deeply hurt, Sam. I tried to save the Shire, and it has been saved, but not for me. It must often be so, Sam, when things are in danger: some one has to give them up, lose them, so that others may keep them.”

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Source : The Return of the King

56. “Voiceless it cries,Wingless flutters,Toothless bites,Mouthless mutters.”

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Source : The Hobbit

57. “A man inherited a field in which was an accumulation of old stone, part of an older hall. Of the old stone some had already been used in building the house in which he actually lived, not far from the old house of his fathers. Of the rest he took some and built a tower. But his friends coming perceived at once (without troubling to climb the steps) that these stones had formerly belonged to a more ancient building. So they pushed the tower over, with no little labour, and in order to look for hidden carvings and inscriptions, or to discover whence the man's distant forefathers had obtained their building material. Some suspecting a deposit of coal under the soil began to dig for it, and forgot even the stones. They all said: 'This tower is most interesting.' But they also said (after pushing it over): 'What a muddle it is in!' And even the man's own descendants, who might have been expected to consider what he had been about, were heard to murmur: 'He is such an odd fellow! Imagine using these old stones just to build a nonsensical tower! Why did not he restore the old house? he had no sense of proportion.' But from the top of that tower the man had been able to look out upon the sea.”

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Source : Beowulf and the Critics

58. “A fox passing through the wood on business of his own stopped several minutes and sniffed. 'Hobbits!' he thought. 'Well, what next? I have heard of strange doings in this land, but I have seldom heard of a hobbit sleeping out of doors under a tree. Three of them! There's something mighty queer behind this.' He was quite right, but he never found out any more about it.”

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Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

59. “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.”

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60. “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.”

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Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

61. “Fly you fools”

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Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

62. “Don't put a lump of rock under my elbow again!”

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Source : The Two Towers

63. “What do you fear, lady?" [Aragorn] asked. "A cage," [Éowyn] said. "To stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire.”

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Source : The Return of the King

64. “All your words are but to say: you are a woman, and your part is in the house. But when the men have died in battle and honour, you have leave to be burned in the house, for the men will need it no more. But I am of the House of Erol and not a serving-woman. I can ride and wield blade, and I do not fear either pain or death.”

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Source : The Return of the King

65. “A time may come soon," said he, "when none will return. Then there will be need of valour without renown, for none shall remember the deeds that are done in the last defence of your homes. Yet the deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised."She answered: "All your words are but to say: you are a woman, and your part is in the house. But when the men have died in battle and honour, you have leave to be burned in the house, for the men will need it no more. But I am of the House of Eorl and not a serving-woman. I can ride and wield blade, and I do not fear either pain or death.""What do you fear, lady?" he asked. "A cage," she said. "To stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire.”

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Source : The Return of the King

66. “Help means ruin and saving means slaying.”

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Source : The Two Towers

67. “Living by faith includes the call to something greater than cowardly self-preservation.”

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Source : J.R.R. Tolkien 4-Book Boxed Set: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

68. “It is said by the Eldar that in water there lives yet the echo of the Music of the Ainur more than in any substance that is in this Earth; and many of the Children of Ilúvatar hearken still unsated to the voices of the Sea, and yet know not for what they listen.”

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Source : The Silmarillion

69. “And in that very moment, away behind in some far corner of the city, a cock crowed. Shrill and clear he crowed reckoning nothing of wizardry or war, welcoming only the morning that in the sky far above the shadows of death was coming with the dawn.”

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Source : The Return of the King

70. “If by my life or death I can protect you, I will. ”

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Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

71. “But it does not seem that I can trust anyone,' said Frodo.Sam looked at him unhappily. 'It all depends on what you want,' put in Merry. 'You can trust us to stick with you through thick and thin--to the bitter end. And you can trust us to keep any secret of yours--closer than you keep it yourself. But you cannot trust us to let you face trouble alone, and go off without a word. We are your friends, Frodo.”

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Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

72. “After some time he felt for his pipe. It was not broken, and that was something. Then he felt for his pouch, and there was some tobacco in it, and that was something more. Then he felt for matches and he could not find any at all, and that shattered his hopes completely.”

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Source : The Hobbit

73. “Human stories are practically always about one thing, really, aren't they? Death. The inevitability of death. . .. . . (quoting an obituary) 'There is no such thing as a natural death. Nothing that ever happens to man is natural, since his presence calls the whole world into question. All men must die, but for every man his death is an accident, and even if he knows it he would sense to it an unjustifiable violation.' Well, you may agree with the words or not, but those are the key spring of The Lord Of The Rings”

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74. “Your time may come. Do not be too sad, Sam. You cannot be always torn in two. You will have to be one and whole, for many years. You have so much to enjoy and to be, and to do.”

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Source : The Return of the King

75. “At the hill’s foot Frodo found Aragorn, standing still and silent as a tree; but in his hand was a small golden bloom of elanor, and a light was in his eyes. He was wrapped in some fair memory: and as Frodo looked at him he knew that he beheld things as they had been in this same place. For the grim years were removed from the face of Aragorn, and he seemed clothed in white, a young lord fall and fair; and he spoke words in the Elvish tongue to one whom Frodo could not see. Arwen vanimelda, namarie! He said, and then he drew a breath, and returning out of his thought he looked at Frodo and smiled.`Here is the heart of Elvendom on earth,’ he said, `and here my heart dwells ever, unless there be a light beyond the dark roads that we still must tread, you and I. Come with me!’ And taking Frodo’s hand in his, he left the hill of Cerin Amroth and came there never again as a living man.”

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Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

76. “Farewell," they cried, "Wherever you fare till your eyries receive you at the journey's end!" That is the polite thing to say among eagles."May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks," answered Gandalf, who knew the correct reply.”

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Source : The Annotated Hobbit: The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again

77. “Yes" Said Gandalf; "for it will be better to ride back three together than one alone. Well, here at last, dear friends, on the shores of the Sea comes the end of out fellowship in Middle-earth. Go in peace! I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.”

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Source : The Return of the King

78. “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?”

Tags : Humor Semantics Suspicion
Source : The Hobbit

79. “All have their worth and each contributes to the worth of the others.”

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Source : The Silmarillion

80. “These folk are hewers of trees and hunters of beasts; therefore we are their unfriends, and if they will not depart we shall afflict them in all ways that we can.”

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Source : The Silmarillion

81. “Not all those who wander are lost.”

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Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

82. “He found himself wondering at times, especially in the autumn, about the wild lands, and strange visions of mountains that he had never seen came into his dreams.”

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Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

83. “My friend, you had horses, and deed of arms, and the free fields; but she, being born in the body of a maid, had a spirit and courage at least the match of yours. Yet she was doomed to wait upon an old man, whom she loved as a father, and watch him falling into a mean dishonoured dotage; and her part seemed to her more ignoble than that of the staff he leaned on.-Gandalf to Eomer, of Eowyn”

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Source : The Return of the King

84. “I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done so since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence. I much prefer history – true or feigned– with its varied applicability to the thought and experience of readers. I think that many confuse applicability with allegory, but the one resides in the freedom of the reader, and the other in the purposed domination of the author.”

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Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

85. “I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations...”

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86. “The others cast themselves down upon the fragrant grass, but Frodo stood awhile still lost in wonder. It seemed to him that he had stepped through a high window that looked on a vanished world. A light was upon it for which his language had no name. All that he saw was shapely, but the shapes seemed at once clear cut, as if they had been first conceived and drawn at the uncovering of his eyes, and ancient as if they had endured for ever. He saw no colour but those he knew, gold and white and blue and green, but they were fresh and poignant, as if he had at that moment first perceived them and made for them names new and wonderful. In winter here no heart could mourn for summer or for spring. No blemish or sickness or deformity could be seen in anything that grew upon the earth. On the land of Lórien, there was no stain.”

Tags : Innocence Lorien Lothlorien Purity
Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

87. “Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.”

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Source : The Return of the King

88. “It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.”

Tags : Despair Gandalf Hope
Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

89. “The whole thing is quite hopeless, so it's no good worrying about tomorrow. It probably won't come.”

Tags : Despair Hopelessness Worry
Source : The Return of the King

90. “Rover did not know in the least where the moon's path led to, and at present he was much too frightened and excited to ask, and anyway he was beginning to get used to extraordinary things happening to him.”

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Source : Roverandom

91. “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.”

Tags : Decisions Gandalf Steadfastness Truths
Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

92. “Far more often [than asking the question 'Is it true?'] they [children] have asked me: 'Was he good? Was he wicked?' That is, they were far more concerned to get the Right side and the Wrong side clear. For that is a question equally important in History and in Faerie.”

Tags : Children Faerie
Source : Tolkien on Fairy-stories

93. “How shall a man judge what to do in such times?''As he ever has judged,' said Aragorn. 'Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear...It is a man's part to discern them, as much in th Golden Wood as in his own house.”

Tags : Discernment Evil Good Judgement Lord Of The Rings Two Towers

94. “End? No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path. One that we all must take.”

Tags : Death End Journey Life Path
Source : The Return of the King

95. “End? No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.”

Tags : Death Journey

96. “Short cuts make long delays.”

Tags : Humour Life Lesson Pippin Proverbs Shortcuts
Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

97. “I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.”

Tags : Bilbo Baggins Dissipation Old Age
Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

98. “In one thing you have not changed, dear friend," said Aragorn: "you still speak in riddles.""What? In riddles?" said Gandalf. "No! For I was talking aloud to myself. A habit of the old: they choose the wisest person present to speak to; the long explanations needed by the young are wearying.”

Tags : Old Age
Source : The Two Towers

99. “Far over the misty mountains coldTo dungeons deep and caverns oldWe must away ere break of dayTo seek the pale enchanted gold.The dwarves of yore made mighty spells,While hammers fell like ringing bellsIn places deep, where dark things sleep,In hollow halls beneath the fells.For ancient king and elvish lordThere many a gleaming golden hoardThey shaped and wrought, and light they caughtTo hide in gems on hilt of sword.On silver necklaces they strungThe flowering stars, on crowns they hungThe dragon-fire, in twisted wireThey meshed the light of moon and sun.Far over the misty mountains coldTo dungeons deep and caverns oldWe must away, ere break of day,To claim our long-forgotten gold.Goblets they carved there for themselvesAnd harps of gold; where no man delvesThere lay they long, and many a songWas sung unheard by men or elves.The pines were roaring on the height,The wind was moaning in the night.The fire was red, it flaming spread;The trees like torches blazed with light.The bells were ringing in the daleAnd men looked up with faces pale;The dragon's ire more fierce than fireLaid low their towers and houses frail.The mountain smoked beneath the moon;The dwarves, they heard the tramp of doom.They fled their hall to dying fallBeneath his feet, beneath the moon.Far over the misty mountains grimTo dungeons deep and caverns dimWe must away, ere break of day,To win our harps and gold from him!”

Tags : Dwarves Poetry Song
Source : The Hobbit

100. “Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”

Tags : Inner Strength

101. “If you wanted to go on from the end of The Hobbit I think the ring would be your inevitable choice as the link. If then you wanted a large tale, the Ring would at once acquire a capital letter; and the Dark Lord would immediately appear. As he did, unasked, on the hearth at Bag End as soon as I came to that point. So the essential Quest started at once. But I met a lot of things along the way that astonished me. Tom Bombadil I knew already; but I had never been to Bree. Strider sitting in the corner of the inn was a shock, and I had no more idea who he was than Frodo did. The Mines of Moria had been a mere name; and of Lothlorien no word had reached my mortal ears till I came there.-- (J.R.R. Tolkien to W.H. Auden, June 7, 1955.)”

Tags : Writing
Source : The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

102. “Have you thought of an ending?""Yes, several, and all are dark and unpleasant.""Oh, that won't do! Books ought to have good endings. How would this do: and they all settled down and lived together happily ever after?""It will do well, if it ever came to that.""Ah! And where will they live? That's what I often wonder.”

Tags : Bilbo Books Endings Frodo Happy Endings Lotr Sam Gamgee Writing
Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

103. “Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.”

Tags : Light Moon Sense Of Wonder Stars
Source : The Lord of the Rings

104. “I sit beside the fire and think Of all that I have seenOf meadow flowers and butterfliesIn summers that have beenOf yellow leaves and gossamerIn autumns that there wereWith morning mist and silver sunAnd wind upon my hairI sit beside the fire and thinkOf how the world will beWhen winter comes without a spring That I shall ever seeFor still there are so many thingsThat I have never seenIn every wood in every springThere is a different greenI sit beside the fire and thinkOf people long agoAnd people that will see a worldThat I shall never knowBut all the while I sit and thinkOf times there were beforeI listen for returning feet And voices at the door”

Tags : Life Time

105. “But fear no more! I would not take this thing, if it lay by the highway. Not were Minas Tirith falling in ruin and I alone could save her, so, using the weapon of the Dark Lord for her good and my glory. No, I do not wish for such triumphs, Frodo son of Drogo.”

Tags : Chivalry Faramir Temptation The One Ring
Source : The Two Towers

106. “The leaves were long, the grass was green,The hemlock-umbels tall and fair,And in the glade a light was seenOf stars in shadow shimmering.Tinuviel was dancing thereTo music of a pipe unseen,And light of stars was in her hair,And in her raiment glimmering.There Beren came from mountains cold,And lost he wandered under leaves,And where the Elven-river rolled.He walked along and sorrowing.He peered between the hemlock-leavesAnd saw in wonder flowers of goldUpon her mantle and her sleeves,And her hair like shadow following.Enchantment healed his weary feetThat over hills were doomed to roam;And forth he hastened, strong and fleet,And grasped at moonbeams glistening.Through woven woods in ElvenhomeShe lightly fled on dancing feet,And left him lonely still to roamIn the silent forest listening.He heard there oft the flying soundOf feet as light as linden-leaves,Or music welling underground,In hidden hollows quavering.Now withered lay the hemlock-sheaves,And one by one with sighing soundWhispering fell the beechen leavesIn the wintry woodland wavering.He sought her ever, wandering farWhere leaves of years were thickly strewn,By light of moon and ray of starIn frosty heavens shivering.Her mantle glinted in the moon,As on a hill-top high and farShe danced, and at her feet was strewnA mist of silver quivering.When winter passed, she came again,And her song released the sudden spring,Like rising lark, and falling rain,And melting water bubbling.He saw the elven-flowers springAbout her feet, and healed againHe longed by her to dance and singUpon the grass untroubling.Again she fled, but swift he came.Tinuviel! Tinuviel!He called her by her elvish name;And there she halted listening.One moment stood she, and a spellHis voice laid on her: Beren came,And doom fell on TinuvielThat in his arms lay glistening.As Beren looked into her eyesWithin the shadows of her hair,The trembling starlight of the skiesHe saw there mirrored shimmering.Tinuviel the elven-fair,Immortal maiden elven-wise,About him cast her shadowy hairAnd arms like silver glimmering.Long was the way that fate them bore,O'er stony mountains cold and grey,Through halls of iron and darkling door,And woods of nightshade morrowless.The Sundering Seas between them lay,And yet at last they met once more,And long ago they passed awayIn the forest singing sorrowless.”

Tags : Beren Elves Luthien Lúthien Mortal Tinuviel Tinúviel
Source : The Lord of the Rings

107. “Elvish singing is not a thing to miss, in June under the stars, not if you care for such things.”

Tags : Elves Fantasy Singing
Source : The Hobbit

108. “Yes, they are elves," Legolas said. "and they say that you breathe so loud they could shoot you in the dark." Sam hastily covered his mouth.”

Tags : Breathing Elves Legolas Sam Gamgee

109. “O Elbereth! Gilthoniel!We still remember, we who dwellIn this far land beneath the trees.Thy starlight on the Western Seas.”

Tags : Elves
Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

110. “Aiya Earendil Elenion Ancalima!”

Tags : Elves

111. “Yet seldom do they fail of their seed, And that will lie in the dust and rot to spring up again in times and places unlooked-for. The deeds of Men will outlast us.”

Tags : Elven Lord Of The Rings

112. “Roads Go Ever OnRoads go ever ever on,Over rock and under tree,By caves where never sun has shone,By streams that never find the sea;Over snow by winter sown,And through the merry flowers of June,Over grass and over stone,And under mountains in the moon.Roads go ever ever on,Under cloud and under star.Yet feet that wandering have goneTurn at last to home afar.Eyes that fire and sword have seen,And horror in the halls of stoneLook at last on meadows green,And trees and hills they long have known.The Road goes ever on and onDown 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.The Road goes ever on and onDown from the door where it began.Now far ahead the Road has gone,And I must follow, if I can,Pursuing it with weary feet,Until it joins some larger way,Where many paths and errands meet.And whither then? I cannot say.The Road goes ever on and onOut from the door where it began.Now far ahead the Road has gone.Let others follow, if they can!Let them a journey new begin.But I at last with weary feetWill turn towards the lighted inn,My evening-rest and sleep to meet.”

Tags : Life Poem
Source : The Lord of the Rings

113. “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

Tags : Encouragement Gandalf
Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

114. “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.”

Tags : Courage Moving Forward Perseverance
Source : The Hobbit

115. “May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”

Tags : Benediction Gift Light
Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

116. “A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it.”

Tags : Cowardice Fear
Source : The Children of Húrin

117. “I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.”

Tags : Gandalf Grief
Source : The Return of the King

118. “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.”

Tags : Bilbo Bilbo Baggins Fellowship Of The Ring Gandalf Tired Tiredness Weariness Weary
Source : The Lord of the Rings

119. “It cannot be seen, cannot be felt,Cannot be heard, cannot be smelt,It lies behind stars and under hills,And empty holes it fills,It comes first and follows after,Ends life, kills laughter.”

Tags : Darkness Gollum Hobbit Riddle
Source : The Hobbit

120. “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”

Tags : First Sentence Opening Lines
Source : The Hobbit

121. “He knew that all the hazards and perils were now drawing together to a point: the next day would be a day of doom, the day of final effort or disaster, the last gasp.”

Tags : Conclusion Doom Effort End Future

122. “Now when Túrin learnt from Finduilas of what had passed, he was wrathful, and he said to Gwindor: 'In love I hold you for your rescue and sake-keeping. But now you have done ill to me, friend, to betray my right name, and call my doom upon me, from which I would lie hid.'But Gwindor answered: 'The doom lies in yourself, not in your name.”

Tags : Betrayal Doom Fate
Source : The Children of Húrin

123. “I must indeed abide the Doom of Men whether I will or nill: the loss and the silence. But I say to you, King of the Numenoreans, not till now have I understood the tale of your people and their fall. As wicked fools I scorned them, but I pity them at last. For if this is indeed, as the Elves say, the gift of the One to Men, it is bitter to receive.”

Tags : Bittersweet Doom Gift Inspirational Lord Of The Rings Mortality

124. “A King will have his way in his own hall, be it folly or wisdom.”

Tags : Folly King Royalty Wisdom

125. “Do not scorn pity that is the gift of a gentle heart, Éowyn!”

Tags : Pity
Source : The Lord of the Rings

126. “Long listening is hungry work.”

Tags : Attention Concentration Focus
Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

127. “He loved mountains, or he had loved the thought of them marching on the edge of stories brought from far away; but now he was borne down by the insupportable weight of Middle-earth. He longed to shut out the immensity in a quiet room by a fire.”

Tags : Country Merry Mountains Vastness
Source : The Lord of the Rings

128. “But he that sows lies in the end shall not lack of a harvest, and soon he may rest from toil indeed, while others reap and sow in his stead.”

Tags : Falsehood Liars Lies Melkor
Source : The Silmarillion

129. “Dead men are not friends to living men, and give them no gifts.”

Tags : Allies Treaty War
Source : The Return of the King

130. “How would this do: and they all settled down and lived together happily ever after?''It will do well, if it ever comes to that,' said Frodo.'Ah!' said Sam. 'And where will they live? That's what I often wonder.”

Tags : Happily Ever After Humor Sam Gamgee
Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

131. “Elen sila lumenn' omentielvo, a star shines on the hour of our meeting.”

Tags : Elvish Greetings
Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

132. “May the hair on your toes never fall out!”

Tags : Benediction Hobbit Talk
Source : The Hobbit

133. “Farewell, and may the blessing of Elves and Men and all Free Folk go with you.May the stars shine upon your faces!”

Tags : Benediction Elrond
Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

134. “He may become like a glass filled with a clear light for eyes to see that can.”

Tags : Inspirational Sci Fi
Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

135. “It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.”

Tags : Planning
Source : The Hobbit

136. “Indeed if fish had fish-lore and Wise-fish, it is probable that the business of anglers would be very little hindered.”

Tags : Athrabeth Futility Wisdom
Source : Morgoth's Ring

137. “Yes, I am white now,' said Gandalf. 'Indeed I am Saruman, one might almost say, Saruman as he should have been.”

Tags : Reincarnation Transformation
Source : The Two Towers

138. “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.”

Tags : Afterlife Mourning

139. “Shall we mourn here deedless forever a shadow-folk mist-haunting dropping vain tears in the thankless sea”

Tags : Mourn Mourning Sorrow Tears Weeping
Source : The Silmarillion

140. “But Sauron was not of mortal flesh, and though he was robbed now of that shape in which had wrought so great an evil, so that he could never again appear fair to the eyes of Men, yet his spirit arose out of the deep and passed as a shadow and a black wind over the sea, and came back to Middle-earth and to Mordor that was his home. There he took up again his great Ring in Barad-dur, and dwelt there, dark and silent, until he wrought himself a new guise, an image of malice and hatred made visible; and the Eye of Sauron the Terrible few could endure.”

Tags : All Seeing Eye Embodiment Sauron Terrible
Source : The Silmarillion

141. “For you little gardener and lover of trees, I have only a small gift. Here is set G for Galadriel, but it may stand for garden in your tongue. In this box there is earth from my orchard, and such blessing as Galadriel has still to bestow is upon it. It will not keep you on your road, nor defend you against any peril; but if you keep it and see your home again at last, then perhaps it may reward you. Though you should find all barren and laid waste, there will be few gardens in Middle-earth that will bloom like your garden, if you sprinkle this earth there. Then you may remember Galadriel, and catch a glimpse far off of Lórien, that you have seen only in our winter. For our spring and our summer are gone by, and they will never be seen on earth again save in memory.”

Tags : Garden Gardening Gardens Hopeful
Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

142. “For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”

Tags : Gandalf Prophecy Unanticipated
Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

143. “But you speak of Master Gandalf, as if he was in a story that had come to an end.' 'Yes, we do,' said Pippin sadly. 'The story seems to be going on, but I am afraid Gandalf has fallen out of it.”

Tags : Heartbreaking The Two Towers Well Worded Wonderful
Source : The Lord of the Rings

144. “We all long for Eden, and we are constantly glimpsing it: our whole nature at its best and least corrupted, its gentlest and most human, is still soaked with the sense of exile.”

Tags : Eden God Redemption
Source : The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

145. “Such bees! Bilbo had never seen anything like them."If one were to sting me," He thought "I should swell up as big as I am!”

Tags : Bees Humor Swelling
Source : The Hobbit

146. “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!”

Tags : Bilbo Baggins
Source : The Hobbit

147. “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. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps because I am afraid, and he gives me courage.”

Tags : Bilbo Baggins Hobbit Love

148. “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."Not fair! not fair!" he hissed. "It isn't fair, my precious, is it, to ask us what it's got in it's nassty little pocketsess?”

Tags : Bilbo Baggins Gollum Riddle
Source : The Hobbit

149. “We are plain quiet folk, and I have no use for adventures. Nasty, disturbing, and uncomfortable things.”

Tags : Adventures Bilbo Baggins Hobbit
Source : The Hobbit

150. “Far over the misty mountains cold. To dungeons deep, and caverns old”

Tags : An Unexpected Journey Bilbo Baggins Dwarfs Misty Mountains The Hobbit
Source : The Hobbit

151. “I wish I was at home in my nice hole by the fire, with the kettle just beginning to sing!”

Tags : Bilbo Baggins The Hobbit

152. “All the same, I should like it all plain and clear," said he 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?”

Tags : Bilbo Baggins
Source : The Hobbit

153. “I know I don't look old, but I'm beginning to feel it in my heart... I need a holiday. A very long holiday. And I don't expect I shall return.”

Tags : Bilbo Baggins

154. “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. But, sad or merry, I must leave it now. Farewell. - Thorin”

Tags : Bilbo Baggins Middle Earth The Hobbit Tolkien
Source : The Hobbit

155. “Books ought to have good endings.”

Tags : Bilbo Baggins Books

156. “Well I've made up my mind, anyway. I want to see mountains again, Gandalf – mountains; and then find somewhere where I can rest. In peace and quiet, without a lot of relatives prying around, and string of confounded visitors hanging on the bell. I might find somewhere where I can finish my book. I have thought of a nice ending for it: and he lived happily ever after to the end of his days.”

Tags : Bilbo Baggins Reading Quotes
Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

157. “Don't be a fool Mr. Baggins if you can help it.”

Tags : Bilbo Baggins Gandalf J R R Tolkien The Hobbit
Source : The Hobbit

158. “İçinizden en az yarısını, arzuladığımın yarısı kadar bile tanımıyorum; ve yarınızdan azını hak ettiğinizin ancak yarısı kadar sevebiliyorum.”

Tags : Bilbo Baggins
Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

159. “As they sang the hobbit felt in love of beautiful things made by hands and by cunning and by magic moving through him, a fierce and a jealous love, the desire of the hearts of dwarves.”

Tags : Bilbo Baggins Desire J R R Tolkien The Hobbit
Source : The Hobbit: or There and Back Again

160. “Moon-letters are rune-letters, but you cannot see them.”

Tags : Bilbo Baggins Elrond J R R Tolkien The Hobbit
Source : The Hobbit

161. “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 knowing where you might be swept off to. Do you realize that this is the very path that goes through Mirkwood, and that if you let it, it might take you to the Lonely Mountain or even further and to worse places?”

Tags : Bilbo Baggins Frodo The Lord Of The Rings
Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

162. “Getting rid of dragons is not at all in my line, but I will do my best to think about it. Personally I have no hopes at all, and wish I was safe back at home.”

Tags : Bilbo Baggins Dragons
Source : The Hobbit

163. “I regret to announce that - though, as I said, eleventy-one years is far too short a time to spend among you - this is the END. I am going. I am leaving NOW. GOOD-BYE!”

Tags : Bilbo Baggins

164. “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.”

Tags : Adventure Bilbo Baggins Sad Thorin Oakenshield

165. “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.”

Tags : Capital Punishment Death Penalty Gandalf J R R Tolkien Lord Of The Rings
Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

166. “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.”

Tags : Farewells Gandalf Goodbye Leaving Sorrow
Source : The Return of the King

167. “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.”

Tags : Fellowship Of The Ring Frodo Gandalf
Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

168. “The treacherous are ever distrustful.”

Tags : Fantasy Gandalf Inspirational Philosophy Truth
Source : The Two Towers

169. “Fool of a Took!" he growled. "This is a serious journey, not a hobbit walking-party. Throw yourself in next time, and then you will be no further nuisance.”

Tags : Gandalf Mines Of Moria Pippin
Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

170. “When evening in the Shire was greyhis footsteps on the Hill were heard;before the dawn he went awayon journey long without a word.From Wilderland to Western shore,from northern waste to southern hill,through dragon-lair and hidden doorand darkling woods he walked at will.With Dwarf and Hobbit, Elves and Men,with mortal and immortal folk,with bird on bough and beast in den,in their own secret tongues he spoke.A deadly sword, a healing hand,a back that bent beneath its load;a trumpet-voice, a burning brand,a weary pilgrim on the road.A lord of wisdom throned he sat,swift in anger, quick to laugh;an old man in a battered hatwho leaned upon a thorny staff.He stood upon the bridge aloneand Fire and Shadow both defied;his staff was broken on the stone,in Khazad-dûm his wisdom died.”

Tags : Frodo Gandalf J R R Tolkien Jrr Tolkien Lament Lord Of The Rings The Fellowship Of The Ring
Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

171. “Courage will now be your best defence against the storm that is at hand-—that and such hope as I bring.”

Tags : Courage Gandalf Hope War
Source : The Return of the King

172. “Pippin glanced in some wonder at the face now close beside his own, for the sound of that laugh had been gay and merry. Yet in the wizard's face he saw at first only lines of care and sorrow; though as he looked more intently he perceived that under all there was a great joy: a fountain of mirth enough to set a kingdom laughing, were it to gush forth.”

Tags : Gandalf Inspiration Joy
Source : The Lord of the Rings

173. “Go back to the abyss! Fall into nothingness that awaits you and your master!”

Tags : Gandalf
Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

174. “No, my heart will not yet despair. Gandalf fell and has returned and is with us. We may stand, if only on one leg, or at least be left still upon our knees.”

Tags : Gandalf Inspirational Lord Of The Rings Middle Earth Pippin Tolkien

175. “And Gandalf said: "This is your realm, and the heart of the greater realm that shall be. The Third Age of the world is ended, and the new age is begun; and it is your task to order its beginning and to preserve what must be preserved. For though much has been saved, much must now pass away; and the power of the Three Rings also is ended. And all the lands that you see, and those that lie round about them, shall be dwellings of Men. For the time comes of the Dominion of Men, and the Elder Kindred shall fade or depart.”

Tags : Gandalf Lotr Power Ring

176. “He is not half through yet, and to what he will come in the end not even Elrond can foretell. Not to evil, I think. He may become like a glass filled with a clear light for eyes to see that can.”

Tags : Frodo Gandalf Lord Of The Rings Middle Earth Tolkien

177. “What did I tell you, Mr. Pippin?' said Sam, sheathing his sword. 'Wolves won't get him. That was an eye-opener, and no mistake! Nearly singed the hair off my head!”

Tags : Gandalf Sam Wargs
Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

178. “Saruman," I said, standing away from him, "only one hand at a time can weild the One, and you know that well, so do not trouble to say we!”

Tags : Gandalf
Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

179. “I don't think I know your name.''Yes, yes my dear sir and I do know your name Mr. Bilbo Baggins. And you do know my name, though you don't remember that I belong to it. I am Gandalf, and Gandalf means me.”

Tags : Bilbo Gandalf Hobbit I Am Gandalf Jrr Tolkien
Source : The Hobbit: Graphic Novel

180. “To crooked eyes truth may wear a wry face”

Tags : Blindness Judgment Truth

181. “The Road goes ever on and onDown 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 wayWhere many paths and errands meet.And whither then? I cannot say”

Tags : Road
Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

182. “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.”

Tags : Chance Help Unexpected
Source : The Silmarillion

183. “This is the ending. Now not day only shall be beloved, but night too shall be beautiful and blessed and all its fear pass away.”

Tags : Fear Fearlessness Joy Night

184. “Why must you speak your thoughts? Silence, if fair words stick in your throat, would serve all our ends better.”

Tags : Discretion Fair Words Indiscretion Silence Speech Thoughts
Source : The Children of Húrin

185. “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.”

Tags : Leadership Politics Saints
Source : The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

186. “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.”

Tags : Greed Wisdom
Source : The Hobbit

187. “Faërie contains many things besides elves and fays, and besides dwarfs, witches, trolls, giants, or dragons; it holds the seas, the sun, the moon, the sky; and the earth, and all things that are in it: tree and bird, water and stone, wine and bread, and ourselves, mortal men, when we are enchanted.”

Tags : Fairy Fairy Tale
Source : Tolkien on Fairy-stories

188. “Why should a man be scorned, if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if, when he cannot do so, he thinks and talks about other topics than jailers and prison-walls? The world outside has not become less real because the prisoner cannot see it. In using Escape in this way the critics have chosen the wrong word, and, what is more, they are confusing, not always by sincere error, the Escape of the Prisoner with the Flight of the Deserter. just so a Party-spokesman might have labeled departure from the misery of the Fuhrer's or any other Reich and even criticism of it as treachery .... Not only do they confound the escape of the prisoner with the flight of the deserter; but they would seem to prefer the acquiescence of the "quisling" to the resistance of the patriot.”

Tags : Fairy Fantasy Inspirational
Source : Tolkien on Fairy-stories

189. “But I am the real Strider, fortunately. I am Aragorn son of Arathorn; and if by life or death I can save you, I will.”

Tags : Aragorn Gallantry Heroes Lord Of The Rings Oath
Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

190. “Alive without breath,As cold as death;Never thirsty, ever drinking,All in mail never clinking.”

Tags : Fish Riddle
Source : The Hobbit

191. “Somehow the killing of the giant spider, all alone by himself in the dark without the help of the wizard or the dwarves or of anyone else, made a great difference to Mr. Baggins. He felt a different person, and much fiercer and bolder in spite of an empty stomach, as he wiped his sword on the grass and put it back into its sheath.”

Tags : Courage Favourite
Source : The Hobbit

192. “Advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.”

Tags : Advice Equivocation Gildor
Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

193. “Go not to the Elves for counsel, for they will say both no and yes.”

Tags : Advice Equivocation
Source : The Fellowship of the Ring

194. “I have in this War a burning private grudge—which would probably make me a better soldier at 49 than I was at 22: against that ruddy little ignoramus Adolf Hitler (for the odd thing about demonic inspiration and impetus is that it in no way enhances the purely intellectual stature: it chiefly affects the mere will). Ruining, perverting, misapplying, and making for ever accursed, that noble northern spirit, a supreme contribution to Europe, which I have ever loved, and tried to present in its true light.”

Tags : Age Aryans Demon Hitler Perspective Propaganda Wwii
Source : The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

195. “I will not debate with you Dark Elf. By the swords of the Noldor alone are your sunless woods defended. Your freedom to wander there wild you owe to my kin and but for them long since you would have laboured in thraldom in the pits of Angband. And here I am King and whether you will it or will it not my doom is law. This choice is given to you: abide here or to die here and so also for your son.”

Tags : Dark Elf Defense Eol Freedom Gondolin Maeglin Noldor Turgon
Source : The Silmarillion

196. “I perceived or thought of the Light of God and in it suspended one small mote (or millions of motes to only one of which was my small mind directed), glittering white because of the individual ray from the Light which both held and lit it...And the ray was the Guardian Angel of the mote: not a thing interposed between God and the creature, but God's very attention itself, personalized...This is a finite parallel to the Infinite. As the love of the Father and Son (who are infinite and equal) is a Person, so the love and attention of the Light to the Mote is a person (that is both with us and in Heaven): finite but divine, i.e. angelic.”

Tags : Catholic God Guardian Angel Letter 89 Light Trinity
Source : The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

197. “Of all the things that men may heed'Tis most of love they sing indeed.”

Tags : Medieval Sir Orfeo
Source : Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo

198. “Frodo gave a cry, and there was, fallen upon his knees at the chasm's edge. But Gollum, dancing like a mad thing, held aloft the ring, a finger still thrust within its circle. "Precious, precious, precious!" Gollum cried. "My Precious! O my Precious!" And with that, even as his eyes were lifted up to gloat on his prize, he stepped too far, toppled, wavered for a moment on the brink, and then with a shriek he fell. Out of the depths came his last wail precious, and he was gone.”

Tags : Chasm Cry Danc Finger Frodo Baggins Gollum Mad Mount Doom Ring Samwise Gamgee The Lord Of The Rings The One Ring J R R Tolkien The Return Of The King Tolkien
Source : The Return of the King

199. “Ecthelion must be similarly from Aegthelion. Latter element is a derivative of √stel 'remain firm'. The form with prefix 'sundóma', estel, was used in Q{uenya} and S{indarin} for 'hope' – sc. a temper of mind, steady, fixed in purpose, and difficult to dissuade and unlikely to fall into despair or abandon its purpose. The unprefixed stel- gave [? S verb] thel 'intend, mean, purpose, resolve, will'. So Q ? þelma 'a fixed idea,..., will.”

Tags : Elvish Philological Thelema
Source : The War of the Jewels

200. “After all, I believe that legends and myths are largely made of 'truth', and indeed present aspects of it that can only be received in this mode; and long ago certain truths and modes of this kind were discovered and must always reappear.”

Tags : Legends Myths Truth
Source : The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien