Tolkien Proverbs

  • 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. – Gandalf
  • He used often to say there was only one Road; that it was like a great river: its springs were at every doorstep, and every path was its tributary. “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,” he used to say. “You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.” – Frodo, quoting Bilbo
  • It is not your own Shire,’ said Gildor. ‘Others dwelt here before hobbits were, and others will dwell here again when hobbits are no more. The wide world is not all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot for ever fence it out. – Gildor Inglorion
  • Don’t adventures ever have an end? I suppose not. Someone else always has to carry on the story. – Bilbo
  • 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. 
    – ancient verses of prophecy translated from Elvish by Bilbo



1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. bdornfeld
    Dec 17, 2014 @ 22:36:59

    I like these Ted!


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