The Tolkien Quote Database
Welcome to LotrProject's database of quotes by J.R.R. Tolkien. Many of the numerous websites listing Tolkien quotes include quotes which have been wrongly attributed to him, such as "fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory". This database only includes quotes of which there is no doubt they were either said or written by Tolkien himself.
"It is perilous to study too deeply the arts of the Enemy, for good or for ill. But such falls and betrayals, alas, have happened before."
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Council of Elrond, The Fellowship of the Ring
"Go not to the Elves for counsel, for they will say both no and yes."
J.R.R. Tolkien, Three is Company, The Fellowship of the Ring
"Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens"
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Ring goes South, The Fellowship of the Ring
"He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom."
J.R.R. Tolkien, Council of Elrond, The Fellowship of the Ring
"Deserves it! I dare say he does. Many that live deserve death and some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be so eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the wise cannot see all ends."
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Shadow of the Past, The Fellowship of the Ring
"Do not meddle in the affairs of Wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger."
J.R.R. Tolkien, Three is Company, The Fellowship of the Ring
"Hill. Yes, that was it. But it is a hasty word for a thing that has stood here ever since this part of the world was shaped."
J.R.R. Tolkien, Treebeard, The Two Towers
"The praise of the praiseworthy is above all rewards."
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Window on the West, The Two Towers
"Well, here at last, dear friends, on the shores of the sea comes the end of our fellowship in middle-earth. Go in peace! I will not say: do not weep for not all tears are an evil."
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Grey Havens, The Return of the King
"Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day
To seek the pale enchanted gold."
J.R.R. Tolkien, An Unexpected Party, The Hobbit