10 Quotes From ‘The Hobbit’ That Show Why We Love It So Much

It’s hard to believe that The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein was published 85 years ago today. Let’s reminisce on this impactful adventure story by looking at some of its unforgettable quotes.

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The Hobbit is an iconic book with a very central spot in children’s literary fantasy. These very quotable lines are just some of the many reasons why the book’s legacy has lived on for so many decades in the hearts of adults and children alike.

1. Good Morning

The Hobbit, Bilbo and Gandalf

“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?”


Who knew there were so many different ways that the simple greeting “good morning” could be interpreted? Only Gandalf would think of a response like that.

2. Nothing Like Looking

“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.” 

Thorin Oakenshield

We don’t always find what we are looking for, but that does not mean we don’t find something that is worth looking for.

3. Wind Under Your Wings

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


Definitely going to start saying this from now on instead of something boring like “good luck” or “have a good day.”

4. Hope

“While there’s life there’s hope.”

Bilbo Baggins

This one is so simple, yet so profound. And it really is true. For as long as there is still life left, there is no reason to give up hope!

5. Manners For A Thief

The Hobbit, Bilbo and Smaug

“‘You have nice manners for a thief and a liar,’ said the dragon.”


Like I always say, if you’re going to be a thief and a liar, then the least you can do is have nice manners.

6. Hair On Your Toes

“May the hair on your toes never fall out!” 

Thorin Oakenshield

I don’t quite understand how that would be a bad thing to happen, but then again, I’m not a hobbit!

7. No Adventures Please

“Sorry! I don’t want any adventures, thank you. Not Today. Good morning! But please come to tea any time you like! Why not tomorrow? Good bye!” 

Bilbo Baggins

Me to my friends when they ask me to hang out but I’m in the middle of a good book.

8. My Precious

The Hobbit, Riddles in the Dark, Bilbo and Gollum

“Is it nice, my preciousss? Is it juicy? Is it scrumptiously crunchable?”


This quote by Gollum is surprisingly perfect for when you’re asking your mom about what she is making for dinner.

9. What Would You Do?

“And what would you do, if an uninvited dwarf came and hung his things up in your hall without a word of explanation?”

I, personally, would be thrilled. But maybe that’s just me.

10. Farewell

“Farewell! O Gandalf! May you ever appear where you are most needed and least expected!” 


As we see time and time again, that’s what Gandalf does best.

Between the exciting adventure, the heartwarming characters, and the effortless wit, I have a good feeling that The Hobbit and its widespread appeal to readers of all ages will never fade away.

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