J.R.R. Tolkien, poet, scholar, WWI British Army Lieutenant, and the epitome of fantasy writers. He was a brilliant man with a brilliant mind. During his 81 years, he penned such wonderful tales as The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings, wherein he designed a massively complex world, multiple fully functional languages (because he’s that big of an overachiever), countless in-depth characters, and a path to his esteemed literary legacy.
His work has sold millions of times over, and been quoted even more. It has been turned to film, reenacted by passionate nerds, and popularised the fantasy genre. It’s even done so well that The Lord of the Rings has been named the best-selling novel of all time, and Tolkien himself was named the 5th highest earning dead celebrity, by Forbes magazine in 2009.
Tolkien had amassed quite the number of wise words during his time. Here is but a few of my favourites:
-“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.”-
Here Tolkien describes the very nature of courage, and what it means to back down in the face of adversity.
-“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”-
This quote speaks to the condition of more or less the whole world, or in many parts where the pull of greed or power has overtaken the ability to be merry. Do we have our priorities out-of-order as Tolkien suggests?
-“I don’t like allegories.”-
This quote is my overall favourite. It is common knowledge among LotR and The Hobbit readers that the books are really an allegory about the World Wars. It is an incorrect theory however. Tolkien often discredited these analyses, saying that the books were not meant to be allegories, but coincidentally could be viewed as one.
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Check back soon for more! Cheers! -MC