J.R.R. Tolkien’s Wise Words: 13 Quotes Worth Tolkien About

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Wise Words: 13 Quotes Worth Tolkien About


Whether you read J.R.R. Tolkien for the first time 20 years ago or last week, there’s no denying that his words have staying power. In honor of Tolkien Reading Day, celebrated on March 25th each year, we pulled together 13 of our favorite J. R.R. Tolkien quotes to inspire readers of all ages. Looking for more ways to celebrate Tolkien? Check out our Tolkien gift guide.

“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.” —The Hobbit



“Most men teach, and few men learn.” —The Children of Húrin



“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.” —The Fellowship of the Ring



“I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.” —The Two Towers



“It is useless to meet revenge with revenge; it will heal nothing.” The Return of the King



“False hopes are more dangerous than fears.” —The Children of Húrin



“All have their worth and each contributes to the worth of the others.” —The Silmarillion



“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” —The Fellowship of the Ring



“A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a shortcut to meet it.” —The Children of Húrin



“Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.” —The Return of the King



“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.” —The Fellowship of the Ring


“I was talking aloud to myself. A habit of the old: they choose the wisest person present to speak to.” —The Two Towers



“Where there’s life there’s hope.” —The Hobbit

Myfanwy Collins
Myfanwy Collins is a Massachusetts-based mother, writer, and reader. She has an MA in English Literature and has published two novels and a collection of short stories. As a young writer, her mentor told her that in order to be the best writer, she needed to first be the best reader. She continues to pursue her best-reader merit badge.


Leave a Reply