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#1. The enemy? His sense of duty was no less than yours, I deem. You wonder what his name is, where he came from. And if he was really evil at heart. What lies or threats led him on this long march from home. If he would not rather have stayed there in peace. War will make corpses of us all. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#2. Go in peace! I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil. - Gandalf the Grey, The Return of the King - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#3. We meet again, at the turn of the tide. A great storm is coming, but the tide has turned. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#4. Elves and Dragons! I says to him. Cabbages and potatoes are better for me and you. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#5. Don't you let go. Don't let go. Reach! - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#6. And he sang to them, now in the Elven tongue, now in the speech of the West, until their hearts, wounded with sweet words, overflowed, and their joy was like swords, and they passed in thought out to regions where pain and delight flow together and tears are the very wine of blessedness. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#7. For advice is a dangerous gift... - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#8. I am a Christian and of course what I write will be from that essential viewpoint. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#9. Give to you; and if I have chosen my own time and way for handing it over, you can hardly blame me, considering the trouble I had to find you. Your father could not remember his own name when he gave me the paper, and he never told me yours; so on the whole I think I ought - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#10. But time does not stand still, though the Sun be lost. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#11. A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#12. I have no signs on my door - it was painted a week ago - , - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#13. It cannot be seen, cannot be felt, Cannot be heard, cannot be smelt, It lies behind stars and under hills, And empty holes it fills, It comes first and follows after, Ends life, kills laughter. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#14. But I do not slay man or beast needlessly, and not gladly even when it is needed. Neither do I talk in vain. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#15. Bilbo. "Ha!" thought he, warming to his new work as he lifted it carefully out, "this - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#16. However it may prove, one must tread the path that need chooses! - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#17. It was a turning point in his career, but he did not know it. He put the ring in his pocket almost without thinking; - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#18. There are many evil and unfriendly things in the world that have little love for those that go on two legs, and yet are not in league with Sauron, but have purposes of their own. Some have been in this world longer than he. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#19. Aragon felt a shudder run through him at the sound, a strange cold thrill; and yet it was not fear or terror that he felt: rather it was like the sudden bite of a keen air, or the slap of a cold rain that wakes an uneasy sleeper. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#20. Yet such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.' 'Very - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#21. The most improper job of any man, even saints (who at any rate were at least unwilling to take it on), is bossing other men. Not one in a million is fit for it, and least of all those who seek the opportunity. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#22. Go now, and die in what way seems best to you. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#23. But Iluvatar knew that Men, being set amid the turmoils of the powers of the world, would stray often, and would not use their gifts in harmony - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#24. Then Morgoth stretching out his long arm towards Dor-lomin cursed Hurin and Morwen and their offspring, saying: 'Behold! The shadow of my thought shall lie upon them wherever they go, and my hate shall pursue them to the ends of the world. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#25. I think a servant of the enemy would look fairer and feel fouler.
-Frodo Baggins - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#26. The back again carrying Bilbo, was grabbed from behind in the dark. He shouted - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#27. There was a very old-looking dwarf on the step with a white beard and a scarlet hood; and he too hopped inside as soon as the door was open, just as if he had been invited. "I see they have begun to arrive already," he said when he caught sight of - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#28. Don't dip your beard in the foam, Father!" They cried to Thorin. "It is long enough without watering it! - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#29. We are sitting in a fortress. Outside it is getting dark. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#30. But if all the fair folk take to the Havens, it will be a duller world for those who are doomed to stay. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#31. The dawn is brief and the day full often belies its promise. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#32. He caught sight of Dwalin's green hood hanging up. He hung his red one next to it, and Balin at your service! - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#33. If all the seven stones were laid out before me now, I should shut my eyes and put my hands in my pockets. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#34. Just why Mr. Frodo was selling his beautiful hole was even more debatable than the price. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#35. For the less even as for the greater there is some deed that he may accomplish but once only; and in that deed his heart shall rest. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#36. I don't think I know your name.'
'Yes, yes my dear sir and I do know your name Mr. Bilbo Baggins. And you do know my name, though you don't remember that I belong to it. I am Gandalf, and Gandalf means me. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#37. I am learning a lot about Sam Gamgee on this journey. First he was a conspirator, now he's a jester. He'll end up by becoming a wizard or a warrior! - Frodo Baggins - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#38. Wizards are always troubled about the future. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#39. But in the end it is only a passing thing ... this shadow. Even darkness must pass. - Samwise Gamgee, The Two Towers - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#40. A wizard is never late - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#41. if he had used all his power to guard Mordor, so that none could enter, and bent all his guile to the hunting of the Ring, then indeed hope would have faded: neither Ring nor bearer could long have eluded him. But - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#42. And that was the end of Smaug - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#43. Even the good plans of wise wizards like Gandalf and of good friends like Elrond go astray sometimes when you are off on dangerous adventures over the Edge of the Wild, and Gandalf was a wise enough wizard to know it. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#44. he says that the Men that have lately come over the Mountains are hardly better than Orcs.' 'That is true,' answered Sador; 'true at least of some of us. But the up-climbing is painful, and from high places it is easy to fall low.' At - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#45. it is a long tale." "Then you had better come inside and tell me some of it, if it won't take all day, - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#46. What has roots as nobody sees,
Is taller than trees,
Up, up it goes,
And yet never grows?
(Answer: a mountain) - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#47. In October 1920 I went to Leeds as Reader in English Language, with a free commission to develop the linguistic side of a large and growing School of English Studies, in which no regular provision had as yet been made for the linguistic specialist. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#48. For nothing is evil in the beginning. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#49. Far over misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away, ere break of day,
To find our long-forgotten gold. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#50. I will take the Ring", he said, "though I do not know the way. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#51. And then all the host of Rohan burst into song, and they sang as they slew, for the joy of battle was on them, and the sound of their singing that was fair and terrible came even to the City. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#52. Handsome is as handsome does - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#53. Though Isengard be strong and hard, as cold as stone and bare as bone,
We go, we go, we go to war, to hew the stone and break the door! - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#54. This was an evil choice. Which way should he choose? And if both led to terror and death, what good lay in choice? - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#55. The time of my thought is my own to spend. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#56. When he heard there was nothing to eat, he sat down and wept ... "Why did I ever wake up!" he cried. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#57. The burned hand teaches best. After that, advice about fire goes to the heart. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#58. Deep roots are not reached by the frost. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#59. Lilly-flowers nodded their half-opened heads in the grass. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#60. Gandalf put his hand on Pippin's head. "There never was much hope," he answered. "Just a fool's hope, as I have been told. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#61. You can't trust us to let you face trouble alone. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#62. You have to understand the good in things, to detect the real evil. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#63. You aren't nearly through this adventure yet. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#64. See your road through. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#65. Put on a few eggs, there's a good fellow!" Gandalf called after him, as the hobbit stumped off to the pantries. "And just bring out the cold chicken and - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#66. What punishments of God are not gifts? - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#67. As they sang the hobbit felt in love of beautiful things made by hands and by cunning and by magic moving through him, a fierce and a jealous love, the desire of the hearts of dwarves. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#68. Well, you can go on looking forward," said Gandalf. "There may be many unexpected feasts ahead of you. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#69. Then the enchantment became more and more dreamlike, until he felt that an endless river of swelling gold and silver was flowing over him, too multitudinous for its pattern to be comprehended; it became part of the throbbing air about him, and it drenched and drowned him. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#70. It is dark for archery,' said Gimli. 'Indeed it is time for sleep. Sleep! I feel the need of it, as never I thought any dwarf could. Riding is tiring work. Yet my axe is restless in my hand. Give me a row of orc-necks and room to swing and all weariness will fall from me! - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#71. Deep down here by the dark water lived old Gollum, a small slimy creature. I don't know where he came from, nor who or what he was. He was Gollum - as dark as darkness, except for two big round pale eyes in his thin face. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#72. Then he called him Maeglin, which is Sharp Glance, for he perceived that the eyes of his son were more piercing than his own, and his thought could read the secrets of hearts beyond the mist of words. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#73. I did not hinder it, for generous deed should not be checked by cold counsel. It - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#74. Fool of a Took!" he growled. "This is a serious journey, not a hobbit walking-party. Throw yourself in next time, and then you will be no further nuisance. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#75. The ring! exclaimed Frodo. 'Has he left me that? I wonder why. Still, it may be useful. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#76. Stand by the grey stone when the thrush knocks, and the setting sun with the last light of Durin's Day will shine upon the key-hole. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#77. And Aragorn the King Elessar wedded Arwen Undomiel in the City of the Kings upon the day of Midsummer, and the tale of their long waiting and labours was come to fulfillment. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#78. But where the warg howls, there also the orc prowls. - Aragorn - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#79. Faithful heart may have froward tongue. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#80. But all's well as ends well; - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#81. He will have guessed, surely?' said Merry. 'Were they likely to end any other way?' 'Not likely,' answered Gandalf, 'though they came to the balance of a hair. But - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#82. If you find that not many of the things you asked for have come, and not perhaps quite so many as sometimes, remember that this Christmas all over the world there are a terrible number of poor and starving people. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#83. Fire, fear, foes! Awake! - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#84. You may not like my burglar, but please don't damage him. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#85. We wants it, we needs it. Must have the precious. They stole it from us. Sneaky little hobbitses. Wicked, tricksy, false! - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#86. Then Darkness took me, and I strayed out of thought and time, and I wandered far on roads that I will not tell. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#87. Give with a free hand, but give only of your own. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#88. He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#89. Yet dawn is ever the hope of men. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#90. And yet their wills did not yield, and they struggled on. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#91. And now leave me in peace for a bit! I don't want to answer a string of questions while I am eating. I want to think!"
"Good Heavens!" said Pippin. "At breakfast? - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#92. In many ways,' answered the wizard. 'It is far more powerful than I ever dared to think at first, so powerful that in the end it would utterly overcome anyone of mortal race who possessed it. It would possess him. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#93. Victory after all, I suppose! ... Well, it seems a very gloomy business. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#94. Small wonder that spell means both a story told, and a formula of power over living men. -On Fairy Stories - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#95. So much death! What can med do against such reckless hate? - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#96. It [discovering Finnish] was like discovering a wine-cellar filled with bottles of amazing wine of a kind and flavour never tasted before. It quite intoxicated me. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#97. There is still hope. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#98. In those days the Great Enemy, of whom Sauron of Mordor was but a servant, dwelt in Angband in the North, and the Elves of the West coming back to Middle-earth made war upon him to regain the Silmarils which he had stolen; and the fathers of Men aided the Elves. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#99. How shall a man judge what to do in such times?'
'As he ever has judged,' said Aragorn. 'Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear ... It is a man's part to discern them, as much in th Golden Wood as in his own house. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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#100. If you're going to have a complicated story, you must work to a map; otherwise you can never make a map of it afterwards. - Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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