31 J.R.R. Tolkien Quotes and Sayings

If you’re a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien, you’ll love this blog post. It features some of the best quotes from the legendary author. Whether you’re a fan of The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings, you’re sure to find something to enjoy from these amazing J.R.R. Tolkien quotes.

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Tolkien was born in 1892 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. When he was three, his mother took him and his brother to England, where they would live for most of their lives.

Tolkien was a bright student, and he eventually went to Oxford University, where he studied language and literature.

While at Oxford, Tolkien met a group of friends who would become the nucleus of the Inklings, a literary society. The Inklings would gather regularly to read their work and discuss literature. It was during these meetings that Tolkien first read The Hobbit to his friends.

Tolkien was drafted into World War I in 1916, and he served as a lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers. He was seriously wounded in battle and spent three months in a military hospital. After the war, Tolkien returned to Oxford, where he completed his degree and began teaching.

In 1937, Tolkien published The Hobbit, and the book was an immediate success. In 1954, Tolkien published The Lord of the Rings, one of the most popular and influential books of the twentieth century. 

Tolkien continued to work on finishing The Silmarillion, a book that tells the story of the creation of the world, until his death in 1973.

Below are some of J.R.R. Tolkien Quotes.

J.R.R. Tolkien Quotes

  1. Courage is found in unlikely places.”

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

3. “Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.”

4. “It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.”

5. “Not all those who wander are lost.”

6. “It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.”

7. “I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.”

8. “A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it.”

9. “Where there’s life there’s hope.”

10. “He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.”

11. “Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”

12. “Never laugh at live dragons.”

13. “Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”

14. “And he took her in his arms and kissed her under the sunlit sky, and he cared not that they stood high upon the walls in the sight of many.”

15. “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”

J.R.R. Tolkien Quotes

More Tolkien quotes

16. “May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”

17. “So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.”

18. “Fear both the heat and the cold of your heart, and try to have patience, if you can.”

19. “Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.”

20. “Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.”

21. “It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.”

22. “It is useless to meet revenge with revenge; it will heal nothing.”

23. “Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?”

24. “May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.”

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

26. “Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.”

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

28. “Advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.”

29. “Living by faith includes the call to something greater than cowardly self-preservation.”

30. “So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

31. “The road goes ever on and on”

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