Inspiring quotes by J. R. R. Tolkien

Top 10 most inspiring quotes by 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ‘I wish life was not so short,’ he thought. ‘Languages take such a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about.’
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I never liked Hans Christian Andersen because I knew he was always getting at me.
  • Many children make up, or begin to make up, imaginary languages. I have been at it since I could write.
  • 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.
  • 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

J.R.R. Tolkien, born John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, was an English writer, poet, and academic. He was born on January 3, 1892, in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (now South Africa). Tolkien is best known for his high fantasy works, particularly “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, which have become some of the most beloved and influential works in the fantasy genre.

Tolkien’s love for languages and mythology began at a young age. After his father’s death, his mother moved the family back to England, where Tolkien developed a passion for languages, including Latin, Greek, and Anglo-Saxon. He studied at Exeter College, Oxford, and later became a professor of Anglo-Saxon at the University of Leeds and then the University of Oxford.

During World War I, Tolkien served as a second lieutenant in the British Army and fought in the Battle of the Somme. The experiences of war had a profound impact on him and influenced his writing.

Tolkien’s literary works were heavily influenced by his interests in mythology, folklore, and languages. He created complex and immersive fictional worlds, complete with detailed histories, languages, and cultures. “The Hobbit,” published in 1937, introduced readers to Middle-earth, a world inhabited by hobbits, elves, dwarves, wizards, and other fantastical creatures. Its success led to the publication of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, which consists of “The Fellowship of the Ring” (1954), “The Two Towers” (1954), and “The Return of the King” (1955). The trilogy became immensely popular and solidified Tolkien’s reputation as a master of fantasy literature.

Tolkien’s works resonated with readers for their rich storytelling, immersive world-building, and themes of heroism, friendship, and the struggle between good and evil. His writing has had a significant impact on the fantasy genre and has inspired countless authors, filmmakers, and artists.

J.R.R. Tolkien passed away on September 2, 1973, in Bournemouth, England, leaving behind a legacy as one of the most celebrated and influential fantasy authors of all time. Posthumously, his son, Christopher Tolkien, edited and published several of his father’s unfinished works, including “The Silmarillion” and “The Children of Húrin,” further expanding the depth and breadth of Tolkien’s fictional universe.

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