J. R. R. Tolkien
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J. R. R. Tolkien
Middle English is an exciting field – almost uncharted, I begin to think, because as soon as one turns detailed personal attention on to any…
The original ‘Hobbit’ was never intended to have a sequel – Bilbo ‘remained very happy to the end of his days and those were extraordinarily…
Don’t go getting mixed up in the business of your betters, or you’ll land in trouble too big for you.
I don’t like allegories.
I never liked Hans Christian Andersen because I knew he was always getting at me.
A friend of mine tells that I talk in shorthand and then smudge it.
Many children make up, or begin to make up, imaginary languages. I have been at it since I could write.
Myth and fairy-story must, as all art, reflect and contain in solution elements of moral and religious truth (or error), but not explicit, not in…
Go not to the Elves for counsel, for they will say both no and yes.
It is plain indeed that in spite of later estrangement Hobbits are relatives of ours: far nearer to us than Elves, or even than Dwarves.…
I dislike Allegory – the conscious and intentional allegory – yet any attempt to explain the purport of myth or fairytale must use allegorical language.
It may be the part of a friend to rebuke a friend’s folly.
A safe fairyland is untrue to all worlds.
They say it is the first step that costs the effort. I do not find it so. I am sure I could write unlimited ‘first…
If you really want to know what Middle-earth is based on, it’s my wonder and delight in the earth as it is, particularly the natural…
‘I wish life was not so short,’ he thought. ‘Languages take such a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about.’
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…
I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as…
Hobbits are an unobtrusive but very ancient people, more numerous formerly than they are today; for they love peace and quiet and good tilled earth:…
A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid.
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