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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.
J. R. R. Tolkien
Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.
J. R. R. Tolkien
The original 'Hobbit' was never intended to have a sequel - Bilbo 'remained very happy to the end of his days and those were extraordinarily long': a sentence I find an almost insuperable obstacle to a satisfactory link.
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It may be the part of a friend to rebuke a friend's folly.
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Not all those who wander are lost.
J. R. R. Tolkien
Don't go getting mixed up in the business of your betters, or you'll land in trouble too big for you.
J. R. R. Tolkien
I should like to save the Shire, if I could - though there have been times when I thought the inhabitants too stupid and dull for words, and have felt that an earthquake or an invasion of dragons might be good for them.
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It's the job that's never started as takes longest to finish.
J. R. R. Tolkien
I dislike Allegory - the conscious and intentional allegory - yet any attempt to explain the purport of myth or fairytale must use allegorical language.
J. R. R. Tolkien
Hobbits are an unobtrusive but very ancient people, more numerous formerly than they are today; for they love peace and quiet and good tilled earth: a well-ordered and well-farmed countryside was their favourite haunt.
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If you really want to know what Middle-earth is based on, it's my wonder and delight in the earth as it is, particularly the natural earth.
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The proper study of Man is anything but Man; and the most improper job of any man, even saints (who at any rate were at least unwilling to take it on), is bossing other men. Not one in a million is fit for it, and least of all those who seek the opportunity.
J. R. R. Tolkien
Many children make up, or begin to make up, imaginary languages. I have been at it since I could write.
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'I wish life was not so short,' he thought. 'Languages take such a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about.'
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Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.
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All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.
J. R. R. Tolkien
It is plain indeed that in spite of later estrangement Hobbits are relatives of ours: far nearer to us than Elves, or even than Dwarves. Of old they spoke the languages of Men, after their own fashion, and liked and disliked much the same things as Men did. But what exactly our relationship is can no longer be discovered.
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A pen is to me as a beak is to a hen.
J. R. R. Tolkien
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.
J. R. R. Tolkien
Courage is found in unlikely places.
J. R. R. Tolkien
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