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334 Inspiring Quotes by J. R. R. Tolkien

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Wikipedia Summary for J. R. R. Tolkien

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and academic, best known as the author of the high fantasy works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

He served as the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon and Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford from 1925 to 1945 and the Merton Professor of English Language and Literature and Fellow of Merton College, Oxford from 1945 to 1959. He was a close friend of C. S. Lewis, a co-member of the informal literary discussion group The Inklings. Tolkien was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II on 28 March 1972.

After Tolkien's death, his son Christopher published a series of works based on his father's extensive notes and unpublished manuscripts, including The Silmarillion. These, together with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, form a connected body of tales, poems, fictional histories, invented languages, and literary essays about a fantasy world called Arda and, within it, Middle-earth. Between 1951 and 1955, Tolkien applied the term legendarium to the larger part of these writings.

While many other authors had published works of fantasy before Tolkien, the great success of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings led directly to a popular resurgence of the genre. This has caused Tolkien to be popularly identified as the "father" of modern fantasy literature—or, more precisely, of high fantasy.

white flower in grayscale photography

The world changes, and all that once was strong now proves unsure.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

stars across the sky view at the desert

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

white wall paint with black shadow

"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

sunset

Voiceless it cries, Wingless flutters, Toothless bites, Mouthless mutters.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

stainless steel key on brown rod

'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


adult black and white dog leaning on wooden fence

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

--J. R. R. Tolkien

laughing woman photo

"Don't dip your beard in the foam, Father!" They cried to Thorin. "It is long enough without watering it!"

--J. R. R. Tolkien


blue sky and white clouds

If you're referring to the incident with the dragon, I was barely involved. All I did was give your uncle a little nudge out of the door.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

calm ocean

But who knows what she spoke to the darkness, alone, in the bitter watches of the night, when all her life seemed shrinking, and the walls of her bower closing in about her, a hutch to trammel some wild thing in?

--J. R. R. Tolkien


Arizona landscape rain

I am rather tired, and no longer young enough to pillage the night to make up for the deficit of hours in the day..." JRR Tolkien, Letter # 174.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


shallow focus photography of black DSLR camera

Handsome is as handsome does.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge

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

--J. R. R. Tolkien



blue wall

For the trouble with the real folk of Faerie is that they do not always look like what they are; and they put on the pride and beauty that we would fain wear ourselves.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

silhouette of man in water

And then all the host of Rohan burst into song, and they sang as they slew, for the joy of battle was on them, and the sound of their singing that was fair and terrible came even to the City.

--J. R. R. Tolkien



None

It is ever so with the things that Men begin: there is a frost in Spring, or a blight in Summer, and they fail of their promise.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


fawn pug in close up photography

It was a hobbit hole, and that means comfort.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

green trees under white sky during daytime

If you do not believe in a personal God, the question: 'What is the purpose of life?' is unaskable and unanswerable.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

silver bell alarm clock

'And what do you wish?' he said at last. 'That what should be shall be,' she answered.

--J. R. R. Tolkien




person in black hoodie using laptop computer

And that's the way of a real tale. Take any one that you're fond of. You may know, or guess, what kind of a tale it is, happy-ending or sad-ending, but the people in it don't know. And you don't want them to.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


three clear glass cups

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

--J. R. R. Tolkien





pen on brown board

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.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

cluster of stars in the sky

Please don't cook me, kind sirs! I am a good cook myself, and cook better than I cook, if you see what I mean.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


green grass field

In this Music the singing of the angels in harmony the World was begun; for Iluvatar made visible the song of the Ainur,and they beheld it as a light in the darkness.

--J. R. R. Tolkien



pink and white clouds

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


tilt shift lens photo of sunflower

Gandalf, dwarves and Mr. Baggins! We are met together in the house of our friend and fellow conspirator, this most excellent and audacious hobbit--may the hair on his toes never fall out!

--J. R. R. Tolkien

green mountain ]

Many evil things there are that your strong walls and bright swords do not stay.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


sunset

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

--J. R. R. Tolkien

yellow green leaf

Splendid! They used to go up like great lilies and snapdragons and laburnums of fire and hang in the twilight all evening!

--J. R. R. Tolkien



solid background

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

red flowers with water droplets

You ought not to be rude to an eagle, when you are only the size of a hobbit, and are up in hid eyrie at night!

--J. R. R. Tolkien

red strawberry fruit on red surface

True education is a kind of never ending story -- a matter of continual beginnings, of habitual fresh starts, of persistent newness.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

sunset

Over hill and under hill.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


pink

Venice seemed incredibly lovely, elvishly lovely -- to me like a dream of Old Gondor, or Pelargir of the Numenorean Ships, before the return of the Shadow.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

person looking at the milkyway

"If you're going to have a complicated story," he once explained, "you must work to a map; otherwise you'll never make a of it afterwards."

--J. R. R. Tolkien



red tulip flowers under calm blue sky

O! Tril-lil-lil-lolly the valley is jolly, ha! ha! -Elves of Rivendell.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

sunset

And sometimes you didn't want to know the end… because how could the end be happy?

--J. R. R. Tolkien

woman standing on forest

Hinder me? Thou fool. No living man may hinder me!" "But no living man am I!

--J. R. R. Tolkien

pink rose bud closeup photo

Often does hatred hurt itself.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

white Starbuck plastic cup on brown fabric armchair

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

--J. R. R. Tolkien



two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge

Frodo: Go back, Sam! I'm going to Mordor alone. Sam: Of course you are, and I'm coming with you!

--J. R. R. Tolkien



person sitting on black surface looking to sky

A friend of mine tells that I talk in shorthand and then smudge it.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

closeup photography of wall

Don't the great tales never end?" "No, they never end as tales," said Frodo. "But the people in them come, and go when their part's ended. Our part will end later -- or sooner.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

gray road beside a trees

Wraiths! Wraiths on wings!

--J. R. R. Tolkien


lightning strike at night

There are some things that it is better to begin than to refuse, even though the end may be dark.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

blue and white abstract painting

Though thereafter we may walk in the shadows, I will not go forth as a thief in the night.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


person in black top carrying brown wicker basket

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.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

white and gray cat

No victory without suffering.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

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

bird on pier

Let this be the hour when we draw swords together. Fell deeds awake. Now for wrath, now for ruin, and the red dawn. Forth, Eorlingas!

--J. R. R. Tolkien

brown and gray mountains during daytime

I have spoken words of hope. But only of hope. Hope is not victory.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

white clouds and blue sky during daytime

Stir not the bitterness in the cup that I mixed for myself,' said Denethor. 'Have I not tasted it now many nights upon my tongue, foreboding that worse lay in the dregs?

--J. R. R. Tolkien


brown wooden board

I cannot,' said Merry. 'I have never seen them. I have never been outside of my own land before. And if I had known what the world outside was like, I don't think I should have had the heart to leave it.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


smiling woman

Faerie is a perilous land, and in it are pitfalls for the unwary, and dungeons for the overbold.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


yellow sunflower

For I am the daughter of Elrond. I shall not go with him when he departs to the Havens: for mine is the choice of Luthien, and as she so have I chosen, both the sweet and the bitter.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


close-up photograph of black dreadnought acoustic guitar

Is it nice, my preciousss? Is it juicy? Is it scrumptiously crunchable?

--J. R. R. Tolkien

green fruit in macro lens photography

'What do you fear, lady?' he asked. 'A cage,' she said.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

people near body of water

The washing-up was so dismally real that Bilbo was forced to believe the party of the night before had not been part of his bad dreams, as he had rather hoped.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


boy and cat in front of moon

Go back! Fall into the nothingness that awaits you and your Master.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

gray slabs

Farewell! I go to find the Sun!

--J. R. R. Tolkien

man holding smartphone in close up photography

Hobbits delighted in such things, if they were accurate; they liked to have books filled with things that they already knew, set out fair and square with no contradictions.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

Arizona landscape rocks

A few melancholy birds were pipping and wailing, until the round red sun sank slowly into the western shadows; then an empty silence fell.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

sunset with agave stem

Your lullaby would waken a drunken goblin!

--J. R. R. Tolkien


water on seashore

Without the high and noble the simple and vulgar is utterly mean; and without the simple and ordinary the noble and heroic is meaningless.

--J. R. R. Tolkien



silhouette of trees during nighttime

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

--J. R. R. Tolkien

person in blue denim jeans and brown leather boots

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

Dark purple to red to orange gradient

"Escaping goblins to be caught by wolves!" he said, and it became a proverb, though we now say ‘out of the frying-pan into the fire' in the same sort of uncomfortable situations.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

green plant

If people were in the habit of refering to 'King George's council, Winston and his gang,' it would go a long way to clearing thought, and reducing the frightful landslide into Theyocracy.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

man holding his head

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

green leafed plant

I've always been impressed that we are here, surviving, because of the indomitable courage of quite small people against impossible odds.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


body of water under clear blue sky painting

The greater part of the truth is always hidden, in regions out of the reach of cynicism.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

water on seashore

The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

Longer Version:

The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision. That is why I have not put in, or have cut out, practically all references to anything like 'religion', to cults or practices, in the imaginary world. For the religious element is absorbed into the story and the symbolism.



pink flowers in vase

Yes, I am here. And you are lucky to be here too after all the absurd things you've done since you left home.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

bonfire in forest

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

--J. R. R. Tolkien


Arizona landscape donkey

There is no ship now that can bear me hence.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

yellow green leaf

O Elbereth! Gilthoniel! We still remember, we who dwell In this far land beneath the trees. Thy starlight on the Western Seas.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


photo of brown parquet

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

--J. R. R. Tolkien

orange flowers

The way is shut. It was made by those who are Dead, and the Dead keep it, until the time comes. The way is shut.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

pink

He was as noble and fair in face as an elf-lord, as strong as a warrior, as wise as a wizard, as venerable as a king of dwarves, and as kind as summer.

--J. R. R. Tolkien



brown grass field near gray rocky mountain during daytime

How could such a large door be kept secret from everybody outside, apart from the dragon?" Bilbo asked. He was only a little hobbit you must remember.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


silhouette photo of person holding flashlight under milk way

A new day will come and when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

white analog wall clock at 11 00

I think a servant of the enemy would look fairer and feel fouler.
-Frodo Baggins.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


full-moon above snow-capped mountain painting

Ho! Ho! Ho! To the bottle I go To heal my heart and drown my woe Rain may fall, and wind may blow And many miles be still to go But under a tall tree will I lie And let the clouds go sailing by.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

black sailing boat digital wallpaper

I have an unsatisfied desire to shoot well with a bow.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

green trees under white sky during daytime

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

--J. R. R. Tolkien

black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

And what would you do, if an uninvited dwarf came and hung his things up in your hall without a word of explanation?

--J. R. R. Tolkien

green palm plant

How do you move on? You move on when your heart finally understands that there is no turning back.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

solid color

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

wide lake over sunset view

A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

green leafed plant on clear glass vase filled with water

I can put it no plainer than by saying that Bilbo was meant to find the Ring, and not by its maker. In which case you also were meant to have it. And that may be an encouraging thought.

--J. R. R. Tolkien




sealion surrounded by rocks during daytime

It is wisdom to recognize necessity when all other courses have been weighed, though as folly it may appear to those who cling to false hope.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

seashore during golden hour

Ho! Tom Bombadil, Tom Bombadillo! By water, wood and hill, by reed and willow, By fire, sun and moon, harken now and hear us! Come, Tom Bombadil, for our need is near us!

--J. R. R. Tolkien

green palm tree during daytime

'Celtic' is a magic bag, into which anything may be put, and out of which almost anything may come. Anything is possible in the fabulous Celtic twilight, which is not so much a twilight of the gods as of the reason.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


gray wooden house on green plains near mountain range at daytime

You aren't nearly through this adventure yet.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


photo of outer space

It never does to leave a live Dragon out of the equation.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

panoramic photography of mountains

Where was I? O yes- I was not grabbed. I killed a goblin or two with a flash-"
"Good!" growled Beorn. "It is some good being a wizard, then.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

selective focus photography of sunflower

Faithful heart may have forward tongue.

--J. R. R. Tolkien





mixed paints in a plate

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

--J. R. R. Tolkien




grayscale photography of raindrops

'That's what I meant,' said Pippin. 'We hobbits ought to stick together, and we will. I shall go, unless they chain me up. There must be someone with intelligence in the party.'

--J. R. R. Tolkien

purple

I'll get there, if I leave everything but my bones behind," said Sam. "And I'll carry Mr. Frodo up myself, if it breaks my back and heart.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

blue sky and white clouds

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.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

Longer Version:

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.



A view of the night showing stars

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

--J. R. R. Tolkien




closeup photo of sunflower

A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


blue white and red flag

Fire, fear, foes! Awake!

--J. R. R. Tolkien

photo of pine tree

On their deathbed men will speak true, they say.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

brown wooden hanging bridge surrounded by green trees during daytime

Where there are so many, all speech becomes a debate without end. But two together may perhaps find wisdom.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

aerial photography of pine trees with mist

My political opinions lean more and more to Anarchy (philosophically understood, meaning abolition of control not whiskered men with bombs).

--J. R. R. Tolkien

red and black logo

All that is gold does not glitter.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

Longer Version:

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.




person doing yoga exercises

Help means ruin and saving means slaying.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

chocolate

Books ought to have good endings.How would this do: and they all settled down and lived together happily ever after?

--J. R. R. Tolkien


silver round analog wall clock

I am dreading the publication, for it will be impossible not to mind what is said. I have exposed my heart to be shot at.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

green and blue chevron textile

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

--J. R. R. Tolkien

plain background

"Thank you, Sam," he said in a cracked whisper. "How far is there to go?" I don't know," said Sam, "because I don't know where we're going."

--J. R. R. Tolkien

silhouette photo of aurora borealis

Perilous to us all are the devices of an art deeper than we possess ourselves.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

blue and white water waves

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

black floor lamp at the corner

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

sea during daytime

Orcs, and talking trees, and leagues of grass, and galloping riders, and glittering caves, and white towers and golden halls, and battles, and tall ships sailing, all these passed before Sam's mind.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

icy mountain scenery

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.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

orange rose in bloom close up photo

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

band performing on stage in front of people

But if all the fair folk take to the Havens, it will be a duller world for those who are doomed to stay.

--J. R. R. Tolkien



Arizona landscape

And then alas! I let the matter reset, watching and waiting only, as we have too often done.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

empty gray carpet

And she looked at him and saw the grave tenderness in his eyes, and yet knew, for she was bred among men of war, that here was one whom no Rider of the Mark could outmatch in battle.

--J. R. R. Tolkien



gray asphalt road

The burned hand teaches best.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

Longer Version:

The burned hand teaches best. After that, advice about fire goes to the heart.


man and woman kissing beside body of water during daytime

False hopes are more dangerous than fears.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

white Starbuck plastic cup on brown fabric armchair

If this nice friendliness would spread about in Mordor, half our trouble would be over.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

body of water under blue sky during sunset

Myth and fairy-story must, as all art, reflect and contain in solution elements of moral and religious truth (or error), but not explicit, not in the known form of the primary 'real' world.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

silhouette of elephant on brown sand during sunset

His old life lay behind in the mists, dark adventure lay in front.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

silhouette of mountain during sunset

For Fëanor began to love the Silmarils with a greedy love, and grudged the sight of them to all save his father and his seven sons; he seldom remembered now that the light within them was not his own.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


macro photography of green bird on tree branch

Third time pays for all.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

gray elephant

True courage is about knowing not when to take a life, but when to spare one.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


rocky mountain under starry night

Then Aragorn was abashed, for he saw the elven-light in her eyes and the wisdom of many days; yet from that hour he loved Arwen Undómiel daughter of Elrond.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


mixed paints in a plate

It is useless to meet revenge with revenge; it will heal nothing.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

man sitting on concrete brick with opened laptop on his lap

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

--J. R. R. Tolkien





red and white led lighted heart decor

After some while Bilbo became impatient. "Well, what is it?" he said. "The answer's not a kettle boiling over, as you seem to think by the noise you are making.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky

If you sit on the doorstep long enough, I daresay you will think of something.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


brown wallpaper

The strongest must seek a way, say you? But I say: let a ploughman plough, but choose an otter for swimming, and for running light over grass and leaf, or over snow- an Elf!

--J. R. R. Tolkien

litter of dogs fall in line beside wall

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


white and gray floral bed sheet

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




gray and white concrete floor

I should have said Welsh has always attracted me.  By its style and sound more than any other, ever though I first only saw it on coal trucks, I always wanted to know what it was about.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


full-moon above snow-capped mountain painting

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

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

And long there he lay, an image of the splendour of the Kings of Men in glory undimmed before the breaking of the world.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

'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

person's hand holding round silver analog watch with black leather strap

Speak politely to an enraged dragon.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

None

The night was railing against
the morning of which it was bereaved, and the cold was cursing the warmth for
which it hungered.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


man facing women near forest

What punishments of God are not gifts?

--J. R. R. Tolkien

gold round wall clock on white painted wall

He Bilbo fought the real battle in the tunnel alone, before he ever saw the vast danger that lay in wait.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

yellow and white color illustration

And it is not always good to be healed in body. Nor is it always evil to die in battle, even in bitter pain. Were I permitted, in this dark hour I would choose the latter.

--J. R. R. Tolkien



brown chopped logs

After all, I believe that legends and myths are largely made of 'truth.'

--J. R. R. Tolkien

Longer Version:

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.


white petaled flowers beside gray wall

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.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

yellow bee beside purple petaled flower during daytime

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

--J. R. R. Tolkien

pink

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


man in white shirt and black pants standing on top of building

Tell me, who are you, alone, yourself and nameless?

--J. R. R. Tolkien

Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

Evil labours with vast power and perpetual success -- in vain: preparing always only the soil for unexpected good to sprout in.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

white and red flower with green leaves

Farewell! O Gandalf! May you ever appear where you are most needed and least expected!

--J. R. R. Tolkien

sunflowers

Home is now behind you, the world is ahead!

--J. R. R. Tolkien

toddlers standing outdoors

Stand by the grey stone when the thrush knocks, and the setting sun with the last light of Durin's Day will shine upon the key-hole.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


rocks on sea side at daytime

To crooked eyes truth may wear a wry face.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


gray concrete road between green trees during daytime

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?

--J. R. R. Tolkien


woman in blue denim jacket and black pants standing beside train

Where there's life there's hope, and need of vittles.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

silhouette of a person during sunset

The Dark Lord has Nine. But we have One, mightier than they: the White Rider. He has passed through the fire and the abyss, and they shall fear him. We will go where he leads.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

purple and blue light illustration

I will not give you counsel, saying do this, or do that. For not in doing or contriving, nor in choosing between this course and another, can I avail; but only in knowing what was and is, and in part also what shall be.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

green leafed plants on forest

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

grassland landscape

Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


grayscale photo of pug on floor

I am told that I talk in shorthand and then smudge it.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

black sailing boat digital wallpaper

Hobbits love peace and quiet and a good tilled earth.

--J. R. R. Tolkien





desert under blue skies

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


rocks near shore during nighttime

Out of the frying pan and into the fire.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


yellow and white color illustration

And thus it came to pass that the Silmarils found their long homes: one in the airs of heaven, and one in the fires of the heart of the world, and one in the deep waters.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

Ultimately we've only got humanity to work with.  It's only clay we've got.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


high-angle photography of beach side

'Nonetheless day will bring hope to me,' said Aragorn. 'Is it not said that no foe has ever taken the Hornburg, if men defended it?' 'So the minstrels say,' said Éomer. 'Then let us defend it, and hope!' said Aragorn.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


sunset

The war made me poignantly aware of the beauty of the world.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

sea during daytime

I am a Christian…so that I do not expect ‘history' to be anything but a ‘long defeat' -- though it contains (and in a legend may contain more clearly and movingly) some samples or glimpses of final victory.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

seashore during golden hour

It is the way of my people to use light words at such times and say less than they mean. We fear to say too much. It robs us of the right words when a jest is out of place.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

black pug puppy on white and pink textile

I may be a burglar...but I'm an honest one, I hope, more or less.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

low angle photography of purple sky

The romantic chivalric tradition takes, or at any rate has in the past taken, the young man's eye off women as they are, as companions in shipwreck not guiding stars.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

white petaled flower

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

blue and black abstract painting

Wars are not favourable to delicate pleasures.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

brown leaf on asphalt road

Not all those who wander are lost.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

person wearing round black analog watch at 9:46

Not all that have fallen are vanquished.

--J. R. R. Tolkien



yellow sunflowers

There's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


yellow and purple flower with white background

The Lonely Mountain! Bilbo had come far and through many adventures to see it, and now he didn't like the look of it in the least.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


water color palette on white surface

The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

long-coated white and brown puppy

Middle-earth is our world. I have (of course) placed the action in a purely imaginary (though not wholly impossible) period of antiquity, in which the shape of the continental masses was different.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

gray concrete road between trees

A safe fairyland is untrue to all worlds.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

white-and-pink flowers

Chip the glasses and crack the plates! Blunt the knives and bend the forks! That's what Bilbo Baggins hates.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

green leafed trees with fog

Slight changes simply make a blur.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


white paint palette with black paint beside ink bottle and paint brush

It is no bad thing celebrating a simple life.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

blue and white striped textile

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

brown mountains under blue sky

All my own small perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded.

--J. R. R. Tolkien



purple flowered hedge plants

Hobbits are an unobtrusive but very ancient people, more numerous formerly than they are today; for they love peace and quiet and good tilled earth: a well-ordered and well-farmed countryside was their favourite haunt.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

cat in space

Above all shadows rides the sun.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

I was talking aloud to myself. A habit of the old: they choose the wisest person present to speak to.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

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

Arizona landscape

Touching your cap to the Squire may be damn bad for the Squire, but it's damn good for you.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

photo of about to bloom lotus flower

Tears unnumbered ye shall shed.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

brown and white wooden star print board

I'm a Roman Catholic! A devout Roman Catholic.

--J. R. R. Tolkien




white rose flower

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

fawn pug on bed

That was the most awkward Wednesday he ever remembered.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


selective focus photography of Russian Blue cat

You can only come to the morning through the shadows.

--J. R. R. Tolkien


star sequins on white platform

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

sunset

May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky

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

--J. R. R. Tolkien

black and white butterfly on green leaf

We are never late. We arrive precisely when we mean to.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

blue ocean

Who cannot understand your silence, cannot understand your words.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

brown and black butterfly on pink flower

Then Bilbo remembered his ring! "Well I'm blessed!" said he. "This invisibility has its drawbacks after all. Otherwise I suppose I might have spent a warm and comfortable night in bed!

--J. R. R. Tolkien

grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

A story must be told or there'll be no story, yet it is the untold stories that are most moving.

--J. R. R. Tolkien



black pug puppy on white and pink textile

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

--J. R. R. Tolkien

green lizard

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

Longer Version:

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.






person holding hourglass

I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament.

--J. R. R. Tolkien



selective focus photography of sunflower

Better mistrust undeserved than rash words.

--J. R. R. Tolkien

We wish you a perfect day!