Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Tolkien and love Middle-earth and therefore love all things LOTR and The Hobbit. I am so stoked for the final installment of the movie franchise. I am also sad because going back to Middle-earth cinematically most likely won’t happen ever again, unless the Tolkien estate cooperates. But I won’t think about that right now. Instead I would love to reflect on the amazing and thoughtful writings of Tolkien with my favorite quotes from his novel The Hobbit.
Artwork courtesy of article at Huffington Post: http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2012/09/22/j-r-r-tolkiens-illustrations-for-the-hobbit-slideshow/
10. “the quiet was so deep that their feet seemed to thump along while all the trees leaned over them and listened,”
9. “A sudden understanding, a pity mixed with horror, welled up in Bilbo’s heart: a glimpse of endless unmarked days without light or hope of betterment, hard stone, cold fish, sneaking and whispering. All these thoughts passed in a flash of a second. He trembled. And then quite suddenly in another flash, as if lifted by a new strength and resolve, he leaped.”
8. “I go now to the halls of waiting to sit beside my fathers, until the world is renewed. Since I leave now all gold and silver, and go where it is of little worth, I wish to part in friendship from you, and I would take back my words and deeds at the Gate. . . If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
7. “A nice pickle they were all in now: all neatly tied up in sacks, with three angry trolls (and two with burns and bashes to remember) sitting by them, arguing whether they should roast them slowly, or mince them fine and boil them, or just sit on them one by one and squash them into jelly.”
6. “Roads go ever ever on,
Over rock and under tree,
By caves where never sun has shone,
By streams that never find the sea;
Over snow by winter sown,
And through the merry flowers of June,
Over grass and over stone,
And under mountains of the moon.
Roads go ever ever on
Under cloud and under star,
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
Eyes that fire and sword have seen
And horror in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows green
And trees and hills they long have known”
5. “Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.”
4. “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!”
3. “Where there’s life there’s hope.”
2. “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”
And the number one quote that I love so much from The Hobbit is:
1. “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.”
Did you see your favorite quote on my list? If not, please share in the comments below.