Quotations by J.R.R. Tolkien

Some wonderful, intelligent quotes from the father of fantasy, with an illustration from, yes! Scotland! (The Old Man of Storr, on the Isle of Skye, to be precise)

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All of the following quotations are by J.R.R. Tolkien

“I have claimed that Escape is one of the main functions of fairy-stories, and since I do not disapprove of them, it is plain that I do not accept the tone of scorn or pity with which ‘Escape’ is now so often used. Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if he cannot do so, he thinks and talks about other topics than jailers and prison-walls?”

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost.”

“An author cannot of course remain wholly unaffected by his experience, but the ways in which a story-germ uses the soil of experience are extremely complex, and attempts to define the process are at best guesses from evidence that is inadequate and ambiguous.”



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  1. […] via Quotations by J.R.R. Tolkien […]

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  2. Tolkien changed me from a non-reading teenager to a bookaholic. Great quotes. 🙂

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    1. I admit I found LOTR hard going the first time. Then I got the bug!

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      1. I was about fifteen and the perfect age for it, I think… at least for me. It opened my eyes to the wonder of books. Thank goodness!

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      2. Indeed! I was fortunate, back when I was twelve our English mistress set us to read A Wizard of Earthsea, and I was hooked from that moment.

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  3. Thank you so much!

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  4. Nice collection. That man can string words together, can’t he?

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    1. Indeed. And make sense with them too!


  5. I love J.R.R. Tolkien and this blog post and you. You should be proud of your furry friends, you know that?


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    1. A lot of us feel that way 😀

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