Thursday, August 06, 2015

Thursday Thirteen: Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien quotes:

1. Not all those who wander are lost.  (The Fellowship of the Ring)
2. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”  (The Fellowship of the Ring)   

3. 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.  (The Fellowship of the Ring)   

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

5. Never laugh at live dragons.

6. Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens. (The Fellowship of the Ring)   

7. The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater. (The Two Towers)   

8. 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. (The Fellowship of the Ring)   

9. There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for. (The Two Towers)  

10. 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. (The Lord of the Rings)   

11. I will not say, do not weep, for not all tears are an evil. (Return of the King)

12. A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.

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!

Some extras:

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? (The Hobbit)   

Little by little, one travels far.

I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam. (The Return of the King)   

Courage is found in unlikely places.

It's the job that's never started as takes longest to finish. (The Lord of the Rings)   

“What do you fear, lady?" [Aragorn] asked.
"A cage," [Éowyn] said. "To stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire.”  (The Return of the King)

Here's Tolkien reading from The Hobbit

Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here if you want to read other Thursday Thirteens and/or play along. I've been playing for a while and this is my 407th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.


  1. Very straightforward, like the Lao Tzu of fantasy. I think the first quote starts with my favorite: All that is gold does not glitter.

  2. Very straightforward, like the Lao Tzu of fantasy. I think the first quote starts with my favorite: All that is gold does not glitter.

  3. Great quotes! I like the one about wandering and the one about laughing at dragons.Well, actually I like them all. I'm a Tolkien fan.

  4. #8 is my favorite from the series. Although, the one most quoted in our house is from the movies. "What about second breakfast?" (I have teenagers. It's not really a joke. LOL!)

  5. Numbers one and five have long been favorites. My T13

  6. All of them are wise words. have such writing talent.

  7. What a fun list. I've always enjoyed your Thursday Thirteen and keep forgetting to check in for updates.

  8. I really like number 12! I love The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings series-the books, not necessarily the movies. I liked the LOtR movies, but the Hobbit movies aren't my favorites.


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