Quotes by: J. R. R. Tolkien
|J. R. R. Tolkien
Tolkien, aged 24 in 1916
||John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
3 January 1892
Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (modern-day South Africa)
||2 September 1973
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
||Author, academic, philologist, poet
||Exeter College, Oxford
||Fantasy, high fantasy, translation, literary criticism
The Lord of the Rings
||Edith Bratt (1916–1971; her death)
John Francis (1917–2003)
Michael Hilary (1920–1984)
Christopher John (b. 1924)
Priscilla Anne (b. 1929)
|Years of service
First World War
Battle of the Somme
I dislike Allegory - the conscious and intentional allegory - yet any attempt to explain the purport of myth or fairytale must use allegorical language.
Don't go getting mixed up in the business of your betters, or you'll land in trouble too big for you.
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.
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.
Myth and fairy-story must, as all art, reflect and contain in solution elements of moral and religious truth (or error), but not explicit, not in the known form of the primary 'real' world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You have been chosen, and you must therefore use such strength and heart and wits as you have.
I never liked Hans Christian Andersen because I knew he was always getting at me.
They say it is the first step that costs the effort. I do not find it so. I am sure I could write unlimited 'first chapters'. I have indeed written many.
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.
Middle English is an exciting field - almost uncharted, I begin to think, because as soon as one turns detailed personal attention on to any little corner of it, the received notions and ideas seem to crumple up and fall to pieces - as far as language goes, at any rate.