A Long-Expected List of 15 Tolkien Quotes

This article is largely concerned with J.R.R. Tolkien, and from its lines a reader may discover his insightfulness and his fantastical view of the world. Much of these quotes are derived from chapters of books composed by Tolkien himself, master of linguistics and arguably the greatest writer of fantasy to ever live. Many, however, may have been spoken by this remarkable person himself. For Tolkien’s 129th birthday, who was born on the third of January in 1892, the more important quotes are here collected from Hobbit-lore, Lord of the Rings, and more.



  1. “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.”

2. “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.”

3. “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.”

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

5. “Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.”




6. “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

7. “I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.”

8. “It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.”

9. “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.”

10. “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?”




11. “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.”

12. “Courage is found in unlikely places.”

13. “Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.”



14. “Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”

15. “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.”