Posted by: Jodi | June 27, 2010

Quickly Quotable #14 – Lord of the Rings

Today’s quote collection comes from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, art by Alan Lee.

“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.”
The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again

“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say”
The Fellowship of the Ring

“War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but 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

“For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.”
The Return of the King



  1. Evocative quotes! Good post!

  2. some very powerful and wise quotes here.
    thanks for this

  3. I don’t know why the following quote came to mind, as it has nothing to do with your wonderful quotes above. Spoken by Mel Brooks’ character in “Space Balls” (a spoof of Star Wars):

    “May the Schwartz be with you!”

    Maybe I just needed the giggle, in addition to the beautiful thoughts of Tolkien! 😀

    • As a long time fan of Space Balls I have to giggle along with you! Nothing like a good parody to get a laugh.

  4. Great quotes. Love the last one.

  5. Good quotes, thanks.

  6. Great quotes Jodi- LOTR is amazing…

  7. Tolkien was a master storyteller, the lyrical quality of his words is something I’d like to aspire towards.


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