J. R. R. Tolkien Quotes

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE, FRSL (/?t?lki?n/; 3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high-fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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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He was kindhearted, in a way. You know the sort of kind heart: it made him uncomfortable more often than it made him do anything; and even when he did anything, it did not prevent him from grumbling, losing his temper and swearing (mostly to himself).

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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.

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The world is full enough of hurts and mischances without wars to multiply them.

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

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It is mine, I tell you. My own. My precious. Yes, my precious.

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

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We set out to save the Shire, Sam and it has been saved - but not for me.

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Being a cheerful hobbit, he had not needed hope, as long as despair could be postponed. (Of Sam)

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Don't leave me here alone! It's your Sam calling. Don't go where I can't follow! Wake up, Mr. Frodo!"

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