J.R.R. Tolkien

«Although now long estranged,»

J.R.R. Tolkien


«It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.»

J.R.R. Tolkien


«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


«They made for his noise far quicker than he had expected. They were frightfully angry. Quite apart from the stones no spider has ever like being called Attercop, and Tomnoddy of course, is insulting to anybody.»

J.R.R. Tolkien


«You can trust us to stick to you through thick and thin – to the bitter end. And you can trust us to keep any secret of yours – closer than you yourself keep it. But you cannot trust us to let you face trouble alone, and go off without a word. We are your friends, Frodo. Anyway: there it is. We know most of what Gandalf has told you. We know a good deal about the ring. We are horribly afraid–but we are coming with you; or following you like hounds.»

J.R.R. Tolkien


«To the sea, to the sea! The white gulls are crying,»

J.R.R. Tolkien


«Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.»

J.R.R. Tolkien


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

J.R.R. Tolkien


«On their deathbed men will speak true, they say.»

J.R.R. Tolkien


«Well here we are, just the four of us that started out together,' said Merry. 'We have left all the rest behind, one after another. It seems almost like a dream that has slowly faded.'»

J.R.R. Tolkien


«He was fingering his great horn.»

J.R.R. Tolkien


«Roads go ever ever on,»

J.R.R. Tolkien


«Smeagol won't grub for roots and carrotses and - taters. What's taters,precious, eh, what's taters?"»

J.R.R. Tolkien


«I wisely started with a map.»

J.R.R. Tolkien


«I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done so since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence. I much prefer history – true or feigned– with its varied applicability to the thought and experience of readers. I think that many confuse applicability with allegory, but the one resides in the freedom of the reader, and the other in the purposed domination of the author.»

J.R.R. Tolkien


«To the dismay of those that stood by, about the body of Saruman a grey mist gathered, and rising very slowly to a great height like smoke from a fire, as a pale shrouded figure it loomed over the Hill. For a moment it wavered, looking to the West; but out of the West came a cold wind, and it bent away, and with a sigh dissolved into nothing.»

J.R.R. Tolkien


«Non tocca a noi dominare tutte le maree del mondo; il nostro compito è di fare il possibile per la salvezza degli anni nei quali viviamo, sradicando il male dai campi che conosciamo, al fine di lasciare a coloro che verranno dopo terra sana e pulita da coltivare.»

J.R.R. Tolkien


«And the ship went out into the High Sea and passed into the West, until at last on a night of rain Frodo smelled a sweet fragrance on the air and heard the sound of singing that came over the water. And then it seemed to him that as in his dream in the house of Bombadil, the grey rain-curtain turned all to silver glass and was rolled back, and he beheld white shores and beyond them a far green country under a swift sunrise.»

J.R.R. Tolkien


«So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.»

J.R.R. Tolkien


«Then sudden Felagund there swaying»

J.R.R. Tolkien


«The Eleven king looked sternly upon Thorin, when he was brought before him, and asked him many questions. But Thorin would only say that he was starving.»

J.R.R. Tolkien


«I will take the Ring", he said, "though I do not know the way.»

J.R.R. Tolkien


«It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.»

J.R.R. Tolkien


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

J.R.R. Tolkien


«The world was fair, the mountains tall»

J.R.R. Tolkien


«Go back?" he thought. "No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!»

J.R.R. Tolkien


«It [discovering Finnish] was like discovering a wine-cellar filled with bottles of amazing wine of a kind and flavour never tasted before. It quite intoxicated me.»

J.R.R. Tolkien


«Hobbits always so polite, yes! O nice hobbits! Smeagol brings them up secret ways that nobody else could find. Tired he is, thirsty he is, yes thirsty; and he guides them and he searches for paths, and they saw sneak, sneak. Very nice friends, O yes my precious, very nice."»

J.R.R. Tolkien


«My armor is like tenfold shields, my teeth are swords, my claws spears, the shock of my tail a thunderbolt, my wings a hurricane, and my breath death!»

J.R.R. Tolkien


«Mercy!" cried Gandalf. "If the giving of knowledge is to be the cure of your inquisitiveness, I shall spend all the rest of my days in answering you. What more should you like to know?"»

J.R.R. Tolkien