The best Quotes by J.R.R. Tolkien

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

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The best Book Quotes

The Light failed; but the Darkness that followed was more than loss of light.

J.R.R. Tolkien in The Silmarillion
 
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The Elves made many rings; but secretly Sauron made One Ring to rule all the others, and their power was bound up with it.

J.R.R. Tolkien in The Silmarillion
 
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And for a great deal it seemed good to him, for in the music there were no flaws.

J.R.R. Tolkien in The Silmarillion
 
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All have their worth and each contributes to the worth of the others.

J.R.R. Tolkien in The Silmarillion
 
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"Many are the strange chances of the world," said Mithrandir, "and help oft shall come from the hands of the weak when the Wise falter."

J.R.R. Tolkien in The Silmarillion
 
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"Take now this Ring," he said; "for thy labours and thy cares will be heavy, but in all it will support thee and defend thee from weariness. For this is the Ring of Fire, and herewith, maybe, thou shalt rekindle hearts to the valour of old in a world that grows chill."

J.R.R. Tolkien in The Silmarillion
 
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But those who saw the things that were done in that time, deeds of valour and wonder, have elsewhere told the tale of the War of the Ring, and how it ended both in victory unlooked for and in sorrow long foreseen.

J.R.R. Tolkien in The Silmarillion
 
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To him that is pitiless the deeds of pity are ever strange and beyond comprehension.

J.R.R. Tolkien in The Silmarillion
 
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These folk are hewers of trees and hunters of beasts; therefore we are their unfriends, and if they will not depart we shall afflict them in all ways that we can.

J.R.R. Tolkien in The Silmarillion
 
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War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.

J.R.R. Tolkien in The Silmarillion
 
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But her beauty was more than their beauty, and her sorrow deeper than their sorrows; and she knelt before Mandos and sang to him.

J.R.R. Tolkien in The Silmarillion
 
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We renounce no friendship. But it may be the part of a friend to rebuke a friend's folly.

J.R.R. Tolkien in The Silmarillion
 
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Their "magic" is Art, delivered from many of its human limitations.

J.R.R. Tolkien in The Silmarillion
 
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For if joyful is the fountain that rises in the sun, its springs are in the wells of sorrow unfathomable at the foundations of the Earth.

J.R.R. Tolkien in The Silmarillion
 
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A sister they had, Galadriel, most beautiful of all the house of Finwë; her hair was lit with gold as though it had caught in a mesh the radiance of Laurelin.

J.R.R. Tolkien in The Silmarillion
 
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But he that sows lies in the end shall not lack of a harvest, and soon he may rest from toil indeed, while others reap and sow in his stead.

J.R.R. Tolkien in The Silmarillion
 
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And thus it came to pass that the Silmarils found their long homes: one in the airs of heaven, and one in the fires of the heart of the world, and one in the deep waters.

J.R.R. Tolkien in The Silmarillion
 
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Farewell sweet earth and northern sky,
for ever blest, since here did lie
and here with lissom limbs did run
beneath the Moon, beneath the Sun,
Lúthien Tinúviel
more fair than Mortal tongue can tell.
Though all to ruin fell the world
and were dissolved and backward hurled;
unmade into the old abyss,
yet were its making good, for this -
the dusk, the dawn, the earth, the sea -
that Lúthien for a time should be.

J.R.R. Tolkien in The Silmarillion
 
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He passed over Dor-nu-Fauglith like a wind amid the dust, and all that beheld his onset fled in amaze, thinking that Orome himself was come: for a great madness of rage was upon him, so that his eyes shone like the eyes of the Valar.

J.R.R. Tolkien in The Silmarillion
 
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Truly, Water is become now fairer than my heart imagined, neither had my secret thought conceived the snowflake, nor in all my music was contained the falling of the rain.

J.R.R. Tolkien in The Silmarillion
 
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Then hate overcame Feanor"s fear, and he cursed Melkor and bade him be gone, saying: "Get thee gone from my gate, thou jail-crow of Mandos!" And he shut the doors of his house in the face of the mightiest of all dwellers in Ea.

J.R.R. Tolkien in The Silmarillion
 
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The doom of the Elves is to be immortal, to love the beauty of the world, to bring it to full flower with their gifts of delicacy and perfection, to last while it lasts, never leaving it even when ‘slain', but returning – and yet, when the Followers come, to teach them, and make way for them, to ‘fade' as the Followers grow and absorb the life from which both proceed. The Doom of Men is mortality, freedom from the circles of the world.

J.R.R. Tolkien in The Silmarillion
 
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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.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring.
Renewed shall be blade that was broken
The crownless again shall be king.

Appearance, PoemsJ.R.R. Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
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Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate
And though I oft have passed them by
A day will come at last when I
Shall take the hidden paths that run
West of the Moon, East of the Sun.

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

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One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

J.R.R. Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
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Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

J.R.R. Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
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It is not possible in a long tale to please everybody at all points, nor to displease everybody at the same points.

J.R.R. Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
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All that is gold does not glitter
Not all who wander are lost
The old that is strong does not wither
Deep roots are not touched by the frost

From the ashes a fire shall be woken
A light from the shadows shall spring
Renewed shall be blade that was broken
The crownless again shall be king

J.R.R. Tolkien
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Roads go ever ever on,
Over rock and under tree,
By caves where never sun has shone,
By streams that never find the sea;
Over snow by winter sown,
And through the merry flowers of June,
Over grass and over stone,
And under mountains in the moon.

Roads go ever ever on
Under cloud and under star,
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
Eyes that fire and sword have seen
And horror in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows green
And trees and hills they long have known.

J.R.R. Tolkien in The Hobbit
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Short cuts make for long delays.

J.R.R. Tolkien in The Hobbit
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I am personally immensely amused by hobbits as such, and can contemplate them eating and making their rather fatuous remarks indefinitely; but I find that is not the case with even my most devoted ‘fans’.

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Eyes that fire and sword have seen
And horror in the walls of stone
Look at last on meadows green
And trees and hills they have long known.

J.R.R. Tolkien in The Hobbit
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In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

J.R.R. Tolkien in The Hobbit
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