Top 50+ Best Jrr Tolkien Quotes Of All Time [Review 2022]

Best Jrr Tolkien Quotes

As we understand, one of all the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien is among the most admired fantasy writers of all time, the writer of this epic fantasy of epic visions, crafting worlds, languages, and narratives. His “Lord of The Rings” movie trilogy mastered Hollywood a decade before, and the previous movie from the newest Hobbit movie trilogy was released in December. Hold these Jrr Tolkien Quotes near and revisit them if you want to discover a moment of peace and hope.

Best Jrr Tolkien Quotes



“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.” —The Fellowship of the Ring

“He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.” —The Fellowship of the Ring

“‘I wish it need not have happened in my time,’ said Frodo.
‘So do I,’ said Gandalf, ‘and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.’”― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.” —The Fellowship of the Ring

“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 Fellowship of the Ring

“My name is growing all the time, and I’ve lived a very long, long time; so my name is like a story. Real names tell you the story of the things they belong to in my language, in the Old Entish as you might say. It is a lovely language, but it takes a very long time to say anything in it because we do not say anything in it unless it is worth taking a long time to say, and to listen to.” —The Two Towers

“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.” —The Two Towers

“It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in use for the succor of those years we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.” —The Return of the King

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“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” —The Hobbit

“There is nothing like looking if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” —The Hobbit



“‘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.” —The Silmarillion

“For of us is required a blind trust, and a hope without assurance, knowing not what lies before us in a little while.” —The Silmarillion

“A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a shortcut to meet it.” —The Children of Hurin

“Blessed are the legend-makers with their rhyme of things not found within recorded time.” —from “Mythopoeia” (1931)


“The prime motive was the desire of a tale-teller to try his hand at a really long story that would hold the attention of readers, amuse them, delight them, and at times maybe excite them or deeply move them.” —from the foreword to the 2nd Edition of The Lord of the Rings (1966)

The Letters of JRR Tolkien
“The invention of languages is the foundation. The ‘stories’ were made rather provide a world for the languages than the reverse. To me, a name comes first and the story follows.” —The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

“A friend of mine tells that I talk in shorthand and then smudge it.” —Christina Scull and Wayne Hammon’s Chronology

“Keep up your hobbies in heart, and think that all stories feel like that when you are in them. You are inside a very great story!” —The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 66 to Christopher Tolkien on May 6, 1944

“I am in fact a Hobbit (in all but size). I like gardens, trees, and unmechanized farmlands; I smoke a pipe, and like good plain food (unrefrigerated), but detest French cooking; I like, and even dare to wear in these dull days, ornamental waistcoats. I am fond of mushrooms (out of a field); have a very simple sense of humor (which even my appreciative critics find tiresome); I go to bed late and get up late (when possible).” —Letter to Deborah Webster, October 25, 1958

“Human stories are practically always about one thing, aren’t they? Death. The inevitability of death.” —1968 BBC2 documentary Tolkien in Oxford

“I do so dearly believe that no half-heartedness and no worldly fear must turn us aside from following the light unflinchingly.” —Letter to Edith, quoted in J.R.R. Tolkien: a biography (1977) by Humphrey Carpenter

“A story must be told or there’ll be no story, yet it is the untold stories that are the most moving.” —letter to his son Christopher on January 30, 1945, The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien


“The significance of a myth is not easily to be pinned on paper by analytical reasoning. It is at its best when it is presented by a poet who feels rather than makes explicit what his theme portends; who presents it incarnate in the world of history and geography, as our poet has done. Its defender is thus at a disadvantage: unless he is careful, and speaks in parables, he will kill what he is studying by vivisection, and he will be left with a formal or mechanical allegory, and what is more, probably with one that will not work. For myth is alive at once and in all its parts, and dies before it can be dissected.” —from “Beowolf: The Monsters and the Critics” (1936)

Small wonder that spell means both a story told, and a formula of power over living men

“The mind that thought of light, heavy, grey, yellow, still, swift also conceived of magic that would make heavy things light and be able to fly, turn grey lead into yellow gold, and the still rock into a swift water. If it could do the one, it could do the other; it inevitably did both. When we can take green from grass, blue from heaven, and red from blood, we have already an enchanter’s power.” —from “On Fairy-Stories” (1939)

“Fantasy is a higher form of Art, indeed the most nearly pure form, and so (when achieved) the most potent.” —from “On Fairy-Stories” (1939)

“The story-maker proves a successful ‘sub-creator. He makes a Secondary World which your mind can enter. Inside it, what he relates is ‘true’: it accords with the laws of that world. You, therefore, believe it, while you are, as it were, inside. The moment disbelief arises, the spell is broken; the magic, or rather art, has failed.” —from “On Fairy-Stories” (1939)

“Fantasy remains a human right: we make in our measure and in our derivative mode because we are made: and not only made, but made in the image and likeness of a Maker.” —from “On Fairy-Stories” (1939)

Other J.R.R. Tolkien Quotes

“Deserves it! I daresay he does. 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.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” ― 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, The Fellowship of the Ring

“But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow.” -J.R.R. Tolkien, ‘The Lord Of The Rings’. ― J.R.R. 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

“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.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

“Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

“May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

“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.”― J.R.R. Tolkien

“The wise speak only of what they know.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

“Courage is found in unlikely places.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

“But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn I am, Éomund’s daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

“I was talking aloud to myself. A habit of the old: they choose the wisest person present to speak to.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

“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

“Home is behind, the world ahead,

And there are many paths to tread

Through shadows to the edge of night,

Until the stars are all alight.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

“May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“You cannot pass,” he said. The orcs stood still, and a dead silence fell. “I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. You cannot pass. The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow! You cannot pass.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

“There’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.” -J.R.R. Tolkien, ‘The Two Towers’. ― J.R.R. Tolkien

“So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their ending!” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

“We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner! I can’t think what anybody sees in them.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

“I sit beside the fire and think
Of all that I have seen
Of meadow flowers and butterflies
In summers that have been

Of yellow leaves and gossamer
In autumns that there were
With morning mist and silver sun
And wind upon my hair

I sit beside the fire and think
Of how the world will be
When winter comes without a spring
That I shall ever see

For still there are so many things
That I have never seen
In every wood in every spring
There is a different green

I sit beside the fire and think
Of people long ago
And people that will see a world
That I shall never know

But all the while I sit and think
Of times there were before
I listen for returning feet
And voices at the door”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

“Mordor. The one place in Middle-Earth we don’t want to see any closer.” -J.R.R. Tolkien, ‘The Lord Of The Rings’.

″‘I am old, Gandalf. I don’t look it, but I am beginning to feel it in my heart of hearts. Well-preserved indeed!’ he snorted. ‘Why, I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread. That can’t be right. I need a change, or something.‘” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

“Even darkness must pass.” -J.R.R. Tolkien, ‘The Hobbit’.

“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.”― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

“I am with you at present,” said Gandalf, “but soon I shall not be. I am not coming to the Shire. You must settle its affairs yourselves; that is what you have been trained for. Do you not yet understand? My time is over: it is no longer my task to set things to rights, nor to help folk to do so. And as for you, my dear friends, you will need no help. You are grown up now. Grown indeed very high; among the great you are, and I have no longer any fear at all for any of you.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

“Short cuts make long delays.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

“It is useless to meet revenge with revenge; it will heal nothing.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

“Fair speech may hide a foul heart.”-J.R.R. Tolkien, ‘The Two Towers’. ― J.R.R. Tolkien

“Above all shadows rides the Sun
and Stars for ever dwell:
I will not say the Day is done,
nor bid the Stars farewell.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

“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?” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, or There and Back Again

“Never laugh at live dragons.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

“Few other griefs amid the ill chances of this world have more bitterness and shame for a man’s heart than to behold the love of a lady so fair and brave that cannot be returned.” -J.R.R. Tolkien, ‘The Return Of The King’.

“And then her heart changed, or at least she understood it; and the winter passed, and the sun shone upon her.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

“A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.” -J.R.R. Tolkien.

“The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.” -J.R.R. Tolkien, ‘The Hobbit’.

“It’s like in the great stories. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end… because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing… this shadow. Even darkness must pass.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

“I will not walk backward in life.”-J.R.R. Tolkien, ‘The Lord Of The Rings’.

“Well, you can go on looking forward. There may be many unexpected feasts ahead of you.”-J.R.R. Tolkien, ‘The Lord Of The Rings’.

“And he took her in his arms and kissed her under the sunlit sky, and he cared not that they stood high upon the walls in the sight of many.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

“Go back?” he thought. “No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!” So up he got, and trotted along with his little sword held in front of him and one hand feeling the wall, and his heart all of a patter and a pitter.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

“But you cannot trust us to let you face trouble alone, and go off without a word.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, ‘The Lord Of The Rings’.

“Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament.” -J.R.R. Tolkien, ‘The Letters Of J.R.R. Tolkien’.

“Advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.”

“Love not too well the work of thy hands and the devices of thy heart.” -J.R.R. Tolkien, ‘The Silmarillion’.

“There you will find romance, glory, honor, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves upon earth, and more than that: death, by the divine paradox, that which ends life and demands the surrender of all.” -J.R.R. Tolkien.

“You can trust us to stick to you through thick and thin – to the bitter end. And you can trust us to keep any secret of yours – closer than you yourself keep it.”-J.R.R. Tolkien, ‘The Fellowship Of The Ring’.

“A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it.”

“I beg of you,” said Bilbo stammering and standing on one foot, “to accept this gift!” and he brought out a necklace of silver and pearls that Dain had given him at their parting.

“Such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.”

“How do you move on? You move on when your heart finally understands that there is no turning back.”-J.R.R. Tolkien.

“Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.”

“Valour needs first strength, and then a weapon.”

“His grief he will not forget; but it will not darken his heart, it will teach him wisdom.”

“Don’t adventures ever have an end? I suppose not. Someone else always has to carry on the story.”

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