J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien

I am in fact a Hobbit, in all but size.

Yet such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them becuase they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.

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

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

The Hobbits are just rustic English people, made small in size because it reflects the generally small reach of their imagination.

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

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.

For advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.

Little by little, one travels far.

The world has changed.<br> I see it in the water. <br> I feel it in the Earth. <br> I smell it in the air. <br> Much that once was is lost, <br> For none now live who remember it.

There I lay staring upward, while the stars wheeled over... Faint to my ears came the gathered rumour of all lands: the springing and the dying, the song and the weeping, and the slow everlasting groan of overburdened stone.

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...

With hope or without hope we will follow the trail of our enemies. And woe to them, if we prove the swifter!

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

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

The treacherous are ever distrustful.

The board is set, the pieces are moving. We come to it at last...<br> The great battle of our time.

Valour needs first strength, then a weapon.

Advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise.

Their Oath shall drive them, and yet betray them, and ever snatch away the very treasures that they have sworn to pursue.

The deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.

I love you. I used to pity your sorrow. But now, were you sorrowless, without fear or any lack, still i would love you.

Courage is found in unlikely places.

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

All that is gold does not glitter; not all those that wander are lost.