lotr book quotes

“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!”  

―    J.R.R. Tolkien


Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check. But that is not what I have found. I have found that it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.
—  Gandalf (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.
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, The Fellowship of the Ring
Though Isengard be strong and hard, as cold as stone as bare as bone,
We go, we go, we go to war, to hew the stone and break the door!
—  J.R.R Tolkien (The Two Towers)
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quote inspiration →  Thorin Oakenshield

If it was only others that were missing, all well and good: one gets over the loss of other people as best one can; but I myself am missing, and that lacuna is all-important.

The truth is that the world is full of dragons, and none of us are as powerful or cool as we’d like to be. And that sucks. But when you’re confronted with that fact, you can either crawl into a hole and quit, or you can get out there, take off your shoes, and Bilbo it up.
—  Patrick Rothfuss
Lewis said to me one day: “Tollers, there is too little of what we really like in stories. I am afraid we shall have to write some ourselves.”
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J.R.R. Tolkien, recounting a conversation he had with C.S. Lewis 

(Cited in Humphrey Carpenter’s The Inklings, p. 71)