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J. R. R. Tolkien Quotes:- John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE, FRSL (3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and academic, who is best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. He served as the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon and Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford, from 1925 to 1945 and Merton Professor of English Language and Literature and Fellow of Merton College, Oxford, from 1945 to 1959.

He was at one time a close friend of C. S. Lewis—they were both members of the informal literary discussion group known as the Inklings. Tolkien was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II on 28 March 1972.


J. R. R. Tolkien Quotes


“A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hidden.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien Quotes

“A friend of mine tells that I talk in shorthand and then smudge it.” – J. R. R. Tolkien


“A pen is to me as a beak is to a hen.” – J. R. R. Tolkien


“A safe fairyland is untrue to all worlds.” – J. R. R. Tolkien


“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.” – J. R. R. Tolkien


“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – J. R. R. Tolkien


“Courage is found in unlikely places.” – J. R. R. Tolkien


“Do not meddle in the affairs of Wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.” – J. R. R. Tolkien


“Don’t go getting mixed up in the business of your betters, or you’ll land in trouble too big for you.”– J. R. R. Tolkien


“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens. ” – J. R. R. Tolkien


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“Go not to the Elves for counsel, for they will say both no and yes. ” – J. R. R. Tolkien


“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 favorite haunt.” – J. R. R. Tolkien


“I dislike Allegory – the conscious and intentional allegory – yet any attempt to explain the purport of myth or fairytale must use allegorical language.” – J. R. R. Tolkien


“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.


“I don’t like allegories.” – J. R. R. Tolkien


“I never liked Hans Christian Andersen because I knew he was always getting at me.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien Quotes

“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


“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


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“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. ” – J. R. R. Tolkien


“If you really want to know what Middle-earth is based on, it’s my wonder and delight in the earth as it is, particularly the natural earth.” – J. R. R. Tolkien


“In October 1920 I went to Leeds as Reader in the 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.” – J. R. R. Tolkien


“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations if you live near him.” – J. R. R. Tolkien


“It may be the part of a friend to rebuke a friend’s folly.” – J. R. R. Tolkien


“It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish. ” – J. R. R. Tolkien


“Many children makeup, or begin to make up, imaginary languages. I have been at it since I could write.” – J. R. R. Tolkien


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“Many that live to deserve death. And some that die to deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. For even, the very wise cannot see all ends.” – J. R. R. Tolkien


“Middle English is an exciting field – almost uncharted, I begin to think, because as soon as one turns detailed personal attention on to any little corner of it, the received notions and ideas seem to crumple up and fall to pieces – as far as language goes, at any rate.” – J. R. R. Tolkien


“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


“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien


“Short cuts make long delays.” – J. R. R. Tolkien


“So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their ending!” – J. R. R. Tolkien


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“Still round the corner, there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.” – J. R. R. Tolkien


“Still round the corner, there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.” – J. R. R. Tolkien


“The original ‘Hobbit’ was never intended to have a sequel – Bilbo ‘remained very happy to the end of his days and those were extraordinarily long’: a sentence I find an almost insuperable obstacle to a satisfactory link.” – J. R. R. Tolkien


“The proper study of Man is anything but Man; and 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


“The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot for ever fence it out.” – J. R. R. Tolkien


“You have been chosen, and you must, therefore, use such strength and heart and wits as you have.” – J. R. R. Tolkien