Quotes by: J. R. R. Tolkien

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J. R. R. Tolkien
CBE FRSL
Tolkien, aged 24 in 1916
Born John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
(1892-01-03)3 January 1892
Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (modern-day South Africa)
Died 2 September 1973(1973-09-02) (aged 81)
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Occupation Author, academic, philologist, poet
Nationality British
Alma mater Exeter College, Oxford
Genre Fantasy, high fantasy, translation, literary criticism
Notable works
The Hobbit The Lord of the Rings The Silmarillion
Spouse Edith Bratt (1916–1971; her death)
Children
John Francis (1917–2003) Michael Hilary (1920–1984) Christopher John (b. 1924) Priscilla Anne (b. 1929)
Military career
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1915–1920
Rank Lieutenant
Unit Lancashire Fusiliers
Battles/wars 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.
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.
J. R. R. Tolkien
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
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.
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.
J. R. R. Tolkien
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.
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.
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
You have been chosen, and you must therefore use such strength and heart and wits as you have.
J. R. R. Tolkien
I never liked Hans Christian Andersen because I knew he was always getting at me.
J. R. R. Tolkien
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.
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.
J. R. R. Tolkien
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.
J. R. R. Tolkien
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