All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.
If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
Not all those who wander are lost.
Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.
You have been chosen, and you must therefore use such strength and heart and wits as you have.
The original 'Hobbit' was never intended to have a sequel - Bilbo 'remained very happy to the end of his days and those were extraordinarily long': a sentence I find an almost insuperable obstacle to a satisfactory link.
It's the job that's never started as takes longest to finish.
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 you deserve.
I should like to save the Shire, if I could - though there have been times when I thought the inhabitants too stupid and dull for words, and have felt that an earthquake or an invasion of dragons might be good for them.
A pen is to me as a beak is to a hen.
Courage is found in unlikely places.
I dislike Allegory - the conscious and intentional allegory - yet any attempt to explain the purport of myth or fairytale must use allegorical language.
The proper study of Man is anything but Man; and the most improper job of any man, even saints (who at any rate were at least unwilling to take it on), is bossing other men. Not one in a million is fit for it, and least of all those who seek the opportunity.
Don't go getting mixed up in the business of your betters, or you'll land in trouble too big for you.
Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.
The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.
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 well-ordered and well-farmed countryside was their favourite haunt.
All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.
Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.
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 earth.