110+ J. R. R. Tolkien Quotes On Adventure, Reading And Writing

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  1. Slight changes simply make a blur.
  2. Worrying is praying for what you don't want.
  3. A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.
  4. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
  5. How do you move on? You move on when your heart finally understands that there is no turning back.
  6. Courage is found in unlikely places.
  7. The birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus means that one day everything sad will come untrue.
  8. The chief purpose of life, for any of us, is to increase according to our capacity our knowledge of God by all means we have, and to be moved by it to praise and thanks.
  9. 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.
  10. Instead of a Dark Lord, you would have a queen, not dark but beautiful and terrible as the dawn! Tempestuous as the sea, and stronger than the foundations of the earth! All shall love me and despair!

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Worrying is praying for what you don't want. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities. — J. R. R. Tolkien

 quote The road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it be
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.
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Courage is found in unlikely places. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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Even the smallest person can change the course of the course of the future.
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It simply isn't an adventure worth telling if there aren't any dragons. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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It's the job that's never started takes longest to finish. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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Not all those who wander are lost.
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May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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I want to be a healer, and love all things that grow and are not barren. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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Oft hope is born when all is forlorn. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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You can only come to the morning through the shadows. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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Over hill and under hill — J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien Short Quotes

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  • Handsome is as handsome does
  • May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.
  • It's the job that's never started takes longest to finish.
  • Living by faith includes the call to something greater than cowardly self-preservation.
  • Come, Mr. Frodo!' he cried. 'I can't carry it for you, but I can carry you.
  • Frodo: Go back, Sam! I’m going to Mordor alone. Sam: Of course you are, and I’m coming with you!
  • Above all shadows rides the sun.
  • I will not say, do not weep, for not all tears are an evil.
  • And what do you wish?' he said at last. 'That what should be shall be,' she answered.
  • Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
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J. R. R. Tolkien Quotes On Love

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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. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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I want to be a healer, and love all things that grow and are not barren. — J. R. R. Tolkien

The praise of the praiseworthy is above all rewards. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Suddenly Faramir stirred, and he opened his eyes, and he looked on Aragorn who bent over him; and a light of knowledge and love was kindled in his eyes, and he spoke softly. 'My lord, you called me. I come. What does the king command? — J. R. R. Tolkien

I stand in Minas Anor, the Tower of the Sun; and behold! the Shadow has departed! I will be a Shieldmaiden no longer, nor vie with the great Riders, nor take joy only in the songs of slaying. I will be a healer, and love all things that grow and are not barren. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament … There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves upon earth. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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. — J. R. R. Tolkien

And yet, Eomer, I say to you that she loves you more truly than me, for you she loves and knows; but in me she loves only a shadow and a thought: a hope of glory and great deeds, and lands far from the fields of Rohan. - Aragorn to Eomer, of Eowyn — J. R. R. Tolkien

I'm looking for someone to share in an adventure. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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. — J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien Quotes On Life

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All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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It simply isn't an adventure worth telling if there aren't any dragons. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Even the smallest person can change the course of the future. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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. — J. R. R. Tolkien

All that is gold does not glitter. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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Oft hope is born when all is forlorn. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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. — J. R. R. Tolkien

False hopes are more dangerous than fears. — J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien Quotes On Adventure

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his old life lay behind in the mists, dark adventure lay in front. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Adventures are not all pony-rides in May-sunshine. — J. R. R. Tolkien

I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it's very difficult to find anyone. — J. R. R. Tolkien

The greatest adventure is what lies ahead — J. R. R. Tolkien

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! — J. R. R. Tolkien

We don't want any adventures here! You might try over the Hill or Across the Water. — J. R. R. Tolkien

This is a story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected. — J. R. R. Tolkien

You aren't nearly through this adventure yet. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Aure entuluva! day shall come again! — J. R. R. Tolkien

Don't adventures ever have an end? I suppose not. Someone else always has to carry on on the story. — J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien Quotes On Reading

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Elrond's house was perfect, whether you liked food or sleep or story-telling or singing (or reading), or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all. Merely to be there was a cure for weariness. ... Evil things did not come into the secret valley of Rivendell. — J. R. R. Tolkien

grows like a seed in the dark out of the leaf-mould of the mind: out of all that has been seen or thought or read, that has long ago been forgotten, descending into the deeps. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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. — J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien Quotes On Writing

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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. — J. R. R. Tolkien

It gives me great pleasure, a good name. I always in writing start with a name. Give me a name and it produces a story, not the other way about normally. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Many children make up, or begin to make up, imaginary languages. I have been at it since I could write. — J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien Quotes On Friendship

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A hunted man sometimes wearies of distrust and longs for friendship. — J. R. R. Tolkien

I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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. — J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien Quotes On Time

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My advice to all who have the time or inclination to concern themselves with the international language movement would be: 'Back Esperanto loyally.' — J. R. R. Tolkien

And amid all the splendours of the World, its vast halls and spaces, and its wheeling fires, Ilúvatar chose a place for their habitation in the Deeps of Time and in the midst of the innumerable stars. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Tall ships and tall kings Three times three, What brought they from the foundered land Over the flowing sea? Seven stars and seven stones And one white tree. (The Two Towers) — J. R. R. Tolkien

Do we walk in legends or on the green earth in the daylight?' A man may do both,' said Aragorn. 'For not we but those who come after will make the legends of our time. The green earth, say you? That is a mighty matter of legend, though you tread it under the light of day! — J. R. R. Tolkien

No dragon can resist the fascination of riddling talk and of wasting time trying to understand it. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Each of us embodies, in a particular tale and clothed in the garments of time & place, universal truth and everlasting life. — J. R. R. Tolkien

You can make the Ring into an allegory of our own time, if you like: and allegory of the inevitable fate that waits for all attempts to defeat evil power by power. — J. R. R. Tolkien

We were born in a dark age out of due time (for us). But there is this comfort: otherwise we should not know, or so much love, what we do love. I imagine the fish out of water is the only fish to have an inkling of water. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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. — J. R. R. Tolkien

This thing all things devours: Birds, beasts, trees, flowers; Gnaws iron, bites steel; Grinds hard stones to meal; Slays king, ruins town, And beats high mountain down. — J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien Quotes On Fantasy

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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! — J. R. R. Tolkien

Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape? — J. R. R. Tolkien

Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory — J. R. R. Tolkien

Creative fantasy, because it is mainly trying to do something else ... may open your hoard and let all the locked things fly away like cage-birds. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Fantasy (in this sense) is, I think, not a lower but a higher form of Art, indeed the most nearly pure form, and so (when achieved) the most potent. — J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien Quotes On World

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There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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. — J. R. R. Tolkien

There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world. — J. R. R. Tolkien

No half-heartedness and no worldly fear must turn us aside from following the light unflinchingly. — J. R. R. Tolkien

The world is not in your books and maps, it's out there. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Such is of 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. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Take now this Ring,' he said; 'for thy labours and thy cares will be heavy, but in all it will support thee and defend thee from weariness. For this is the Ring of Fire, and herewith, maybe, thou shalt rekindle hearts to the valour of old in a world that grows chill. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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. — J. R. R. Tolkien

When Summer lies upon the world, and in a noon of gold, Beneath the roof of sleeping leaves the dreams of trees unfold; When woodland halls are green and cool, and wind is in the West, Come back to me! Come back to me, and say my land is best! — J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien Quotes On Road

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Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate. — J. R. R. Tolkien

The road goes ever on and on — J. R. R. Tolkien

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 — J. R. R. Tolkien

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. — J. R. R. Tolkien

For you do not yet know the strengths of your hearts, and you cannot foresee what each may meet on the road. — J. R. R. Tolkien

We may indeed in counsel point to the higher road, but we cannot compel any free creature to walk upon it. That leadeth to tyranny, which disfigureth good and maketh it seem hateful. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Together we will take the road that leads into the West, And far away will find a land where both our hearts may rest. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Few can foresee whither their road will lead them, till they come to its end. — J. R. R. Tolkien

There was a willow hanging over the mill-pool and I learned to climb it. It belonged to a butcher on the Stratford Road, I think. One day they cut it down. They didn't do anything with it: the log just lay there. I never forgot that. — J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien Quotes On Language

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There are truths, that are beyond us, transcendent truths, about beauty, truth, honor, etc. There are truths that man knows exist, but they cannot be seen - they are immaterial, but no less real, to us. It is only through the language of myth that we can speak of these truths. — J. R. R. Tolkien

'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.' — J. R. R. Tolkien

I have the hatred of apartheid in my bones; and most of all I detest the segregation or separation of Language and Literature. I do not care which of them you think White. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Now and again he spoke to those that served him and thanked them in their own language. They smiled at him and said laughing: 'Here is a jewel among hobbits! — J. R. R. Tolkien

I dislike Allegory - the conscious and intentional allegory - yet any attempt to explain the purport of myth or fairytale must use allegorical language. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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. — J. R. R. Tolkien

People remember Longfellow wrote Hiawatha, quite forget he was a Professor of Modern Languages! — J. R. R. Tolkien

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. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Nobody believes me when I say that my long book is an attempt to create a world in which a form of language agreeable to my personal aesthetic might seem real. But it is true. — J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien Quotes On Inspirational

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Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Little by little, one travels far — J. R. R. Tolkien

Advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill. — J. R. R. Tolkien

All my own small perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded. — J. R. R. Tolkien

I do not believe this darkness will endure. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Pay heed to the tales of old wives. It may well be that they alone keep in memory what it was once needful for the wise to know. — J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien Quotes On Gold

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A sister they had, Galadriel, most beautiful of all the house of Finwë; her hair was lit with gold as though it had caught in a mesh the radiance of Laurelin. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Far over misty mountains cold To dungeons deep and caverns old We must away, ere break of day, To find our long-forgotten gold. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Some sang too that Thror and Thrain would come back one day and gold would flow in rivers, through the mountain-gates, and all that land would be filled with new song and new laughter. But this pleasant legend did not much affect their daily business. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Cold be hand and heart and bone, and cold be sleep under stone: never more to wake on stony bed, never, till the Sun fails and the Moon is dead. In the black wind the stars shall die, and still on gold here let them lie, till the dark lord lifts his hand over dead sea and withered land. — J. R. R. Tolkien

I sang of leaves, of leaves of gold, and leaves of gold there grew. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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. — J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien Famous Quotes And Sayings

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Worrying is praying for what you don't want. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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Courage is found in unlikely places. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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It simply isn't an adventure worth telling if there aren't any dragons. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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I want to be a healer, and love all things that grow and are not barren. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Arise, arise, Riders of Théoden! Fell deeds awake, fire and slaughter! spear shall be shaken, shield be splintered, a sword-day, a red day, ere the sun rises! Ride now, ride now! Ride to Gondor! — J. R. R. Tolkien

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. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Here ends the SILMARILLION. If it has passed from the high and the beautiful to darkness and ruin, that was of old the fate of Arda Marred; and if any change shall come and the Marring be amended, Manwë and Varda may know; but they have not revealed it, and it is not declared in the dooms of Mandos. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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Oft hope is born when all is forlorn. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Come, Mr. Frodo!' he cried. 'I can't carry it for you, but I can carry you and it as well. So up you get! Come on, Mr. Frodo dear! Sam will give you a ride. Just tell him where to go, and he'll go — J. R. R. Tolkien

Speak no evil of the Lady Galadriel!" said Aragorn sternly. "You know not what you say. There is in her and in this land, no evil, unless a man bring it hither himself. Then let him beware! — J. R. R. Tolkien

There was Eru, the One, who in Arda is called Ilúvatar; and he made first the Ainur, the Holy Ones, that were the offspring of his thought, and they were with him before aught else was made. — J. R. R. Tolkien

For still there are so many things that I have never seen: in every wood in every spring there is a different green. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Memory is not what the heart desires. That is only a mirror, be it clear as Kheled-zaram. Or so says the heart of Gimli the Dwarf. — J. R. R. Tolkien

For if joyful is the fountain that rises in the sun, its springs are in the wells of sorrow unfathomable at the foundations of the Earth. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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You can only come to the morning through the shadows. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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Over hill and under hill — J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbits are just rustic English people, made small in size because it reflects the generally small reach of their imagination - not the small reach of their courage or latent power. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Let him go, you filth! Let him go! You will not touch him again! — J. R. R. Tolkien

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. — J. R. R. Tolkien

When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Alas, not me, lord!" she said. "Shadow lies on me still. Look not to me for healing! I am a shieldmaiden and my hand is ungentle. — J. R. R. Tolkien

It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Memory is not what the heart desires. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Not all who wander are lost. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. — J. R. R. Tolkien

The road must be trod, but it will be very hard. And neither strength nor wisdom will carry us far upon it. This quest may be attempted by the weak with as much hope as the strong. Yet it 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. — J. R. R. Tolkien

The Resurrection was the greatest ‘eucatastrophe’ possible in the greatest Fairy Story — and produces that essential emotion: Christian joy which produces tears because it is qualitatively so like sorrow, because it comes from those places where Joy and Sorrow are at one, reconciled, as selfishness and altruism are lost in Love. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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. — J. R. R. Tolkien

A pen is to me as a beak is to a hen. — J. R. R. Tolkien

I sit beside the fire and think of all that I have seen, of meadow-flowers and butterflies in summers that have been; Of yellow leaves and gossamer in autumns that there were, with morning mist and silver sun and wind upon my hair. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Shall we mourn here deedless forever a shadow-folk mist-haunting dropping vain tears in the thankless sea — J. R. R. Tolkien

Let him not vow to walk in the dark, who has not seen the nightfall. — J. R. R. Tolkien

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them. — J. R. R. Tolkien

I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Among the tales of sorrow and of ruin that came down to us from the darkness of those days there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy and under the shadow of death light that endures. And of these histories most fair still in the ears of the Elves is the tale of Beren and Lúthien — J. R. R. Tolkien

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. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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. — J. R. R. Tolkien

And some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend. Legend became myth. And for two and a half thousand years, the ring passed out of all knowledge. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Courage will now be your best defence against the storm that is at hand-—that and such hope as I bring. — J. R. R. Tolkien

It is useless to meet revenge with revenge; it will heal nothing. — J. R. R. Tolkien

A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Do not meddle in the affairs of Wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Hinder me? Thou fool. No living man may hinder me!" “But no living man am I! — J. R. R. Tolkien

And sometimes you didn't want to know the end… because how could the end be happy? — J. R. R. Tolkien

Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king. — J. R. R. Tolkien

For so sworn good or evil an oath may not be broken and it shall pursue oathkeeper and oathbreaker to the world's end. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Dwarves are not heroes, but a calculating folk with a great idea of the value of money; some are tricky and treacherous and pretty bad lots; some are not but are decent enough people like Thorin and Company, if you don't expect too much. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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! — J. R. R. Tolkien

I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence. — J. R. R. Tolkien

I am not a 'democrat' only because 'humility' and equality are spiritual principles corrupted by the attempt to mechanize and formalize them, with the result that we get not universal smallness and humility, but universal greatness and pride, till some Orc gets hold of a ring of power--and then we get and are getting slavery. — J. R. R. Tolkien

It is no bad thing celebrating a simple life. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Life Lessons by J. R. R. Tolkien

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  1. J. R. R. Tolkien taught us to never give up on our dreams, no matter how difficult the journey may be. He showed us that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible.
  2. He also taught us to embrace our creativity and use it to create something beautiful that can inspire others.
  3. Lastly, Tolkien showed us the importance of friendship and loyalty; no matter how dark the world may seem, the power of friendship and loyalty can help us overcome any obstacle.

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