J.R.R. Tolkien

1892 - 1973

A Quote by John Ronald Reuel "J. R. R." Tolkien on careers, certainty, direction, good, lies, and thinking

His head was swimming, and he was far from certain even of the direction they had been going in when he had his fall. He guessed as well as he could, and crawled along for a good way, till suddenly his hand met what felt like a tiny ring of cold metal lying on the floor of the tunnel. It was a turning point in his career, but he did not know it. He put the ring in his pocket almost without thinking: certainly it did not seem of any particular use at the moment. He did not go much further, but sat down on the cold floor and gave himself up to complete miserableness.

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973)

Source: The Hobbit

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A Quote by John Ronald Reuel "J. R. R." Tolkien on home and mountains

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 (1892 - 1973)

Source: The Hobbit

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A Quote by John Ronald Reuel "J. R. R." Tolkien on birds, mountains, and time

This thing all things devours: Birds, beasts, trees, flowers: Gnaws iron, bites steel: Grinds hard stones to meal: Slays king, ruins town, And beats high mountains down! Time.

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973)

Source: A riddle from The Hobbit

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A Quote by John Ronald Reuel "J. R. R." Tolkien on secrets

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Still round the corner there may wait,   A new road or a secret gate.

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973)

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A Quote by John Ronald Reuel "J. R. R." Tolkien on mountains

What has roots as nobody sees, Is taller than trees Up, up it goes, And yet never grows? A mountain.

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973)

Source: A riddle from The Hobbit

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A Quote by John Ronald Reuel "J. R. R." Tolkien on confusion, darkness, heart, mountains, and wonder

There was a roar and a great confusion of noise. Fires lept up and licked the roof. The throbbing grew to a great tumult, and the Mountain shook. Sam ran to Frodo and picked him up and carried him out to the door. And there upon the dark threshold of the Sammath Naur, high above the plains of Mordor, such wonder and terror came on him that he stood still forgetting all else, and gazed as one turned to stone. Fire belched from its riven summit. The skies burst into thunder seared with lightning. Down like lashing whips fell a torrent of black rain. And into the heart of the storm, with a cry that pierced all other sounds, tearing the clouds asunder, the Nazgûl came, shooting like flaming bolts, as caught in the fiery ruin of hill and sky they crackled, withered, and went out.

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973)

Source: The Lord of the Rings

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A Quote by John Ronald Reuel "J. R. R." Tolkien on darkness, lies, mountains, sleep, water, words, and world

The world was young, the mountains green, No stain yet on the Moon was seen, No words were laid on stream or stone When Durin woke and walked alone. He named the nameless hills and dells; He drank from yet untasted wells; He stooped and looked in Mirrormere And saw a crown of stars appear; As gems upon a silver thread; Above the shadow of his head. The world is grey, the mountains old, The forge's fire is ashen-cold; No harp is wrung, no hammer falls: The darkness dwells in Durin's halls; The shadow lies upon his tomb In Moria, in Khazad-dûm. But still the sunken stars appear In dark and windless Mirrormere; There lies his crown in water deep, Till Durin wakes again from his sleep.

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973)

Source: The Lord of the Rings

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A Quote by John Ronald Reuel "J. R. R." Tolkien on beginning, journeys, rest, and sleep

The Road goes ever on and on Out from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, Let others follow it who can! Let them a journey new begin, But I at last with weary feet Will turn towards the lighted inn, My evening-rest and sleep to meet.

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973)

Source: The Lord of the Rings, at the end

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A Quote by John Ronald Reuel "J. R. R." Tolkien on affection, certainty, gold, magic, museums, and secrets

His sword he hung over the mantelpiece. His coat of mail was arranged on a stand in the hall (until he lent it to a Museum) His gold and silver was largely spent in presents, both useful and extravagent - which to a certain extent accounts for the affection of his nephews and his nieces. His magic ring he kept a great secret, for he chiefly used it when unpleasant callers came!

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973)

Source: The Hobbit

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A Quote by John Ronald Reuel "J. R. R." Tolkien on failure, mountains, songs, sorrow, and wealth

The King beneath the mountains, The King of carven stone, The lord of silver fountains Shall come into his own! His crown shall be upholden, His harp shall be restrung, His halls shall echo golden To songs of yore re-sung. The woods shall wave on mountains And grass beneath the sun: His wealth shall flow in fountains And the rivers golden run. The streams shall run in gladness, The lakes shall shine and burn, All sorrow fail and sadness At the Mountain-king's return!

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973)

Source: The Hobbit

Contributed by: Zaady

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