9 Wise Words from J.R.R. Tolkien That’ll Give You Courage.

9 Wise Words from J.R.R. Tolkien That’ll Give You Courage.

Every good home library should have a copy of The Lord of the Rings resting quietly on a shelf, waiting for the next time a curious reader picks it up. My own copy was given to me by my uncle on my twelfth birthday and, as it is a three-volume version of the work in paperback form, is now sitting in many parts, badly bound together with sticky tape.

Top of my ‘to re-read list’, Lord of the Rings is one of the best-loved and best-selling novels ever written with over 150 million copies of the three-book tome resting on bookshelves around the world.

Read on for 15 wise words from J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and its prequel, The Hobbit, to give you courage.




Spoken by Haldir, an Elf of Lothlórien, in The Fellowship of the Ring, this quote reminds us that love is more powerful than grief or fear.



A fond farewell, Bilbo Baggins- style at the end of a long expected party early in The Fellowship of the Ring. Get to know your neighbours.



Another quote from early in the Fellowship of the Ring. Frodo complains he wished he didn’t have to live through such hard times, Gandalf agrees but reminds him that it is not for us to decide what we face, only to decide what we do with the time we have.




Spoken by Thorin just before his death in The Hobbit in acknowledgement that the Bilbo Baggins approach to life, one of simple pleasures and basic kindness, is favorable to his own.



Gandalf the White’s last words in the Return of the King. Sometimes we all need a little cry.



From The Fellowship of the Ring, Gimli addresses Elrond and urges him to have faith and stay by his side even as things take a turn for the worse.



Said by Gandalf to Saruman in book two, The Two Towers. Destruction in not always discovery.



This one is a quote from good old Samwise Gamgee, addressing Frodo in The Two Towers. In the fight of good against evil, good will always win because people will always fight for it.



A complete stanza of the poem from which the quote ‘not all those who wander are lost’ is taken. A backpackers’ favorite, making the daily round on Instagram and adorning many an ankle in permanent ink, these few words mean a lot to a lot of people. While we may not all be on a quest to destroy the one ring in the fires of Mount Doom, we all have our reasons for wandering. We are not lost.

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