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The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit is a book by J.R.R. Tolkien, a famous Oxford professor, essayist and writer. The story centers around Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who is caught up in a grand adventure. Here are a few quotes from The Hobbit. Which quote is your favorite?

  • "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort."
    - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, Ch. 1

     
  • "I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it's very difficult to find anyone."
    - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, Ch. 1
     
  • "I should think so - in these parts! We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!"
    - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, Ch. 1
     
  • "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, The Hobbit, Ch. 1
     
  • "I should like to know about risks, out-of-pocket expenses, time required and remuneration, and so forth" - by which he meant: What am I going to get out of it? and am I going to come back alive."
    - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, Ch. 1
     
  • "Chip the glasses and crack the plates! / Blunt the knives and bend the forks! / That's what Bilbo Baggins hates."
    - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, Ch. 1
     
  • "Trolls are slow in the uptake, and mighty suspicious about anything new to them."
    - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, Ch. 2
     
  • "There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something."
    - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, Ch. 4
     
  • "He guessed as well as he could, and crawled along for a good way, till suddenly his hand met what felt like a tiny ring of cold metal lying on the floor of the tunnel. It was a turning point in his career, but he did not know it. He put the ring in his pocket almost without thinking; certainly it did not seem of any particular use at the moment.
    - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, Ch. 5
     
  • "Some sang too that Thror and Thrain would come back one day and gold would flow in rivers, through the mountain-gates, and all that land would be filled with new song and new laughter. But this pleasant legend did not much affect their daily business."
    - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, Ch. 10
     
  • "It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him. Dragons may not have much real use for all their wealth, but they know it to an ounce as a rule, especially after long possession; and Smaug was no exception."
    - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, Ch. 12

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