“ ‘Go back?’ he thought. ‘No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!’ So up he got, and trotted along with his little sword held in front of him and one hand feeling the wall, and his heart all a patter and a pitter.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien (The Hobbit)
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In case you haven’t noticed by now, I’m a bit of a Tolkien enthusiast. I know, SHOCKER!
I can’t help it, I keep coming across his awesome quotes and I can’t help sharing them with you. I have a problem.
This one is classic Tolkien though, it mixes his awesome journey themes which he always does best with his ability to use such simple words to express something unexpectedly profound.
I love little Bilbo’s resilience, he could have given up when he got lost in those dark caves with goblins and Gollum, or when his friends got taken by giant spiders, but he never quits. He always gives himself a little pep talk and on he trots with the courage of a lion. He really does embody the power of perseverance, of pushing on no matter the situation or the fear it causes him.
Bilbo definitely makes a great role model, as long as you don’t encompass that to include his taste in jewelry. 😉
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