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    j. r. r. tolkien Quotes

    I don't want to be in a battle. But waiting on the edge of one I can't escape is even worse.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: battle 
     
    Things are drawing towards the end now, unless I am mistaken. There is an unpleasant time just in front of you; but keep your heart up!
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: time  heart 
     
    On their deathbed men will speak true, they say.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: men  true 
     
    The doom lies in yourself, not in your name.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: lies 
     
    We wants it, we needs it. Must have the precious. They stole it from us. Sneaky little hobbitses. Wicked, tricksy, false!
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    The realm of fairy-story is wide and deep and high and filled with many things: all manner of beasts and birds are found there; shoreless seas and stars uncounted; beauty that is an enchantment, and an ever-present peril; both joy and sorrow as sharp as swords.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: beauty  joy  sorrow  star 
     
    I have spoken words of hope. But only of hope. Hope is not victory.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: victory  hope 
     
    Where iss it, where iss it: my Precious, my Precious? It's ours, it is, and we wants it.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    They arose in my mind as 'given' things, and as they came, separately, so too the links grew. An absorbing, though continually interrupted labour (especially, even apart from the necessities of life, since the mind would wing to the other pole and spread itself on the linguistics): yet always I had the sense of recording what was already 'there', somewhere: not of 'inventing'.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: mind  wings 
     
    My 'Sam Gamgee' is indeed a reflexion of the English soldier, of the privates and batmen I knew in the 1914 war, and recognised as so far superior to myself.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: war 
     
    I remember nothing about it except a philological fact. My mother said nothing about the dragon, but pointed out that one could not say 'a green great dragon', but had to say 'a great green dragon'. I wondered why, and still do. The fact that I remember this is possibly significant, as I do not think I ever tried to write a story again for many years, and was taken up with language.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    I felt a curious thrill, as if something had stirred in me, half wakened from sleep. There was something very remote and strange and beautiful behind those words, if I could grasp it, far beyond ancient English.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: beautiful  sleep 
     
    If we all got angry together something might be done.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    Faerie is a perilous land, and in it are pitfalls for the unwary, and dungeons for the overbold.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    Their horses were of great stature, strong and clean-limbed; their gray coats glistened, their long tails flowed in the wind, their manes were braided on their proud necks.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: strong 
     
    The war made me poignantly aware of the beauty of the world.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: beauty  world  war 
     
    Sleep! I feel the need of it, as never I thought any dwarf could , riding is tiring work. Yet my axe is restless in my hand. Give me a row of orc-necks and room to swing and all weariness will fall from me!
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: work  thoughts 
     
    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
    Trolls are slow in the uptake, and mighty suspicious about anything new to them.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    Chip the glasses and crack the plates! / Blunt the knives and bend the forks! / That's what Bilbo Baggins hates.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: hate 
     
    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
    tags: laughter  song  business 
     
    In doubt a man of worth will trust to his own wisdom.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: men  trust  doubt  wisdom  worth 
     
    Farewell we call to hearth and hall! Though wind may blow and rain may fall. We must away ere the break of day. Far over wood and mountain tall.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: rain 
     
    Outside the ring of dancing warriors with spears and axes stood wolves at a respectful distance, watching and waiting.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    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
    tags: men  summer  fail 
     
    A friend of mine tells that I talk in shorthand and then smudge it.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: friends 
     
    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
    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
    tags: time  dark  age  water  imagine 
     
    But do not despise the lore that has come down from distant years; for oft it may chance that old wives keep in memory word of things that once were needful for the wise to know.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: chance  memory  wise  wife 
     
    The wolf that one hears is worse than the orc that one fears.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: fear 
     
    There are many powers in the world, for good or for evil. Some are greater than I am. Against some I have not yet been measured. But my time is coming.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: evil  time  power  world 
     
    Being a cult figure in one's own lifetime I am afraid is not at all pleasant. However I do not find that it tends to puff one up: in my case at any rate it makes me feel extremely small and inadequate. But even the nose of a very modest idol cannot remain entirely untickled by the sweet smell of incense.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: afraid 
     
    Touching your cap to the Squire may be damn bad for the Squire, but it's damn good for you.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: bad 
     
    I'm going on an adventure!
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    Over hill and under hill
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    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
    tags: young  night 
     
    I wish I was at home in my nice hole by the fire, with the kettle just beginning to sing!
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: fire  wishes 
     
    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!
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: beautiful  dark 
     
    Hush! Take no notice!" - Gandalf
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    Don't tell us about dreams " dream dinners aren't any good and we can't share them.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: dreams  shares 
     
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