John Ronald Reuel Tolkien(1892-1973), known as JRR Tolkien, was a British writer, philologist, poet and university professor, known worldwide for being the author of works on the universe of Middle-earth in which works such as “The Hobbit” (1937) o “The Lord of the rings” (1954).
Thanks to the enormous success of these two works, published for the first time in the United States, the fantasy literary genre resurfaced stronger than ever. In fact, Tolkien is often identified as the “father” of modern fantasy literature and, more specifically, of high fantasy.
He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II on March 28, 1972, and after his death his son Christopher published several works based on his father’s extensive notes and unpublished manuscripts, such as, “The Silmarillion” (1977) y “The Children of Húrin”.
Of deeply Catholic convictions, Tolkien was buried in the same grave as his wife, in the Wolvercote cemetery (Oxford) where he says “Beren” and “Lúthien” for Ronald and Edith; he and his wife, respectively, who live a beautiful story of love and adventure in his well-known work “The Silmarillion”.
We leave you with some of his most famous quotes:
“Disloyal is the one who disappears when the path is dark”
“It gives me a lot of pleasure, a good name. I always start writing with a name. Give me a name and it produces a story, not the other way around normally.”
“My advice to all those who have the time and inclination to deal with the international language would be: ‘support Esperanto loyally’ (The British Esperantist, 1932)
“Whoever is unable to part with a treasure in a moment of need is like a slave in chains” (The Lord of the Rings)
“The dawn is always a hope for man” (The Lord of the Rings)
“Not even the wisest know the end of all roads” (The Lord of the Rings)
“To the east or to the west, the forests will end” (The Lord of the Rings)
“There is much more to him than you imagine and much more than he himself imagines.”
“If we valued food, joy and songs more than gold, this would certainly be a happier world.”
“I don’t know half of you nor half of what I would want, and what I would want is less than half of what half of you deserve” (The Lord of the Rings)
“Do not despise the traditions that come to us from yesteryear; it often happens that the old ones keep in their memory things that the wise men of another time needed to know.”
“Beautiful words sometimes hide an infamous heart”
“Where there is no lack of will there is always a way”
“I think that what they call fairy tales is one of the greatest forms that literature has given, wrongly associated with childhood.”
“Now it seems strange, but the things that are nice to have and the good days to enjoy are told too soon and not much attention is paid to them.”
“A man who runs away from what he fears often finds that he has only taken a shortcut to meet it.”
“A box without hinges, keys, or lid can still hide a treasure of gold within it.”
“The failure of weak films often lies in exaggeration and the intrusion of unwarranted material that has little connection to the heart of the original matter.”
“Why should a man be despised if, finding himself in jail, he tries to get out and go home? Or if he can’t do it, think and talk about things other than jailers and prison walls? “.
“They contain the seas, the sun, the moon, the sky and the earth and all things that are in it: trees and birds, water and stone, wine and bread, and ourselves, mortal men.”
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- Lavinsky, D. (2017). Tolkien’s Old English Exodus and the Problematics of Allegory. Neophilologus, 101, 305-319. https://doi.org/10.1007/S11061-016-9511-7.
- Whyte, A. (2020). Many a Tale of Dread: The Dystopian Interface of Totalitarianism and Colonial Imperialism in the Númenor Narratives of J.R.R. Tolkien. Journal of Language, Literature and Culture, 67, 83 – 96. https://doi.org/10.1080/20512856.2020.1849943.