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
The most lavish J. R. R. Tolkien quotes that are little-known but priceless
Slight changes simply make a blur.
Worrying is praying for what you don't want.
A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.
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.
The birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus means that one day everything sad will come untrue.
The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.
Today and tomorrow are yet to be said. The chances, the changes are all yours to make. The mold of your life is in your hands to break.
If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
Even the smallest person can change the course of the course of the future.
How do you move on? You move on when your heart finally understands that there is no turning back.
Courage is found in unlikely places.
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.
Not all those who wander are lost.
All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.
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!
It simply isn't an adventure worth telling if there aren't any dragons.
Handsome is as handsome does
It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.
It's the job that's never started takes longest to finish.
May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.
There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for.
Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.
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.
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.
Living by faith includes the call to something greater than cowardly self-preservation.
Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.
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.
May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.
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!
I want to be a healer, and love all things that grow and are not barren.
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!
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.
All that is gold does not glitter.
And what do you wish?' he said at last. 'That what should be shall be,' she answered.
I will not say, do not weep, for not all tears are an evil.
Above all shadows rides the sun.
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.
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!
Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.
My advice to all who have the time or inclination to concern themselves with the international language movement would be: 'Back Esperanto loyally.'
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
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.
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.
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!
For still there are so many things that I have never seen: in every wood in every spring there is a different green.