“ ‘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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21 thoughts on “Quoting the Quill #43”
That’s a cute quote. 🙂 Hobbits are braver than most folks in Middle Earth realise…
Thanks Tony, glad you liked it! Hobbits sure are brave. Did you know that many people feel Tolkien based Hobbits on the typical old fashioned Englishman? So in a way when you think about it, he’s attributing all that awesomeness to us British lot. Pretty cool feeling for the ego. 😉
Even better, he was talking about us hardy lot in The Midlands! 🙂
I don’t think it’s a problem at all :). I love the quotes too, so keep on sharing. Tolkien rocks! On a side note, Daniel applied for university last night, for a BA in Psychology. He’s really interested in the criminology side of it, so he may do a double major, but we’re not sure yet. Now we wait to see if he gets accepted, which I’m sure he will because his average in Grade 12 was 88%, and in Grade 11 it was 94%. Cross your fingers.
Glad to hear you’re not Tolkien’d out yet, Cindy, you’re a girl after my own heart! I love his way with words and his flair for writing about travel/journeys.
Ooooh, exciting stuff! I will keep my fingers crossed for him. 🙂 Hopefully he will get accepted and end up really enjoying the course as well. We don’t do grades in percentages here, but 88-94% sounds pretty damn impressive. GO DANIEL!
OMG Becky, I’m freaking out!!!! I’m heading to Toronto on Saturday and Sunday for the first annual Toronto International Book Fair, and there are going to be so many amazing authors there. I am actually going to have the opportunity to meet Anne Rice and Margaret Atwood!! Can you believe that? I can’t sit still, and I don’t know how I’m going to sleep the next couple of nights. I think there might be a major book haul ahead :).
I AM VERY JEALOUS OF ALL THESE AWESOME BOOK FAIRS/SIGNING/EVENTS YOU GET. PLEASE TELL YOUR COUNTRY THAT IT HAS TO SHARE IT’S AWESOME.
P.S. ENJOY THE AWESOME! 😀
Oh, oh, this is bad. She’s typing in caps. Yikes – Becky is going to snappppppp!!! LOL
Just think, you are going to graduate soon, and then you should totally plan a trip to Canada so I can take you to all the cool book events :). We would have so much fun!
LOL!!!!!! Totally. Plus, I’m also verrrryyyyyyy sleep deprived which probably doesn’t help. Deadlines at the moment are horrendous. I can’t wait until next week when I will get a bit of a break.
Ohh my gosh, that would be awesomes. 😀 I’ve always wanted to do a road trip/tour kind of thing around America and Canada. It looks amazing there! Now I just need to get me some money….hmm….
Hurry up, start saving :). And maybe you should buy some lottery tickets.
Hahaaa, so true! Lottery tickets here I come. 🙂
I hope you use these Tolkien quotes in real life. You never know, you might be a trend setter.
I try to fit Tolkien quotes and references into conversations wherever I can but unsurprisingly, most people don’t get it/pick up on it. I wonder why?! 😛
Anything which remotely relates to Middle Earth will always have my heart. Bravo. I shall refer to you as my little Bilbo from now on.
P.S. I miss my little Bilbo 😦
Amen, sister! Have to admit the idea of someone referring to me as anything Bilbo related strikes glee into my little heart. 😛
Miss you too, Charl! Must have a proper catch up soon. Things have been so busy, for both of us it seems.
Yep yep, will have to email you at some point!
Hello! I’ve nominating you for the One Lovely Blog Award http://wonderstruck-kcks.blogspot.com/2014/12/one-lovely-blog-award.html
Awh, thank you very much for nominating me! I will check it out. 🙂