September 22 is Hobbit Day. It is designated so because according to the books, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins share a birthday this day. I first read The Lord of the Ring when I was a pre-teen, and I have read The Hobbit and the entire Ring trilogy (along with most of the stories/books that go along with them) many times since. In fact, I wore out my original paperback copies, and now have hardcover editions of the stories. In addition, I have both the unabridged Rob Inglis audiobook of the stories, as well as the BBC dramatizations.
J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel) Tolkien was born January 3, 1892, in South Africa, though he moved back to England when he was three years old. His father died soon afterward and his mother when he was twelve. He was educated at King Edward’s School in Birmingham, and later at Oxford, where he excelled in languages. He fought in World War I at the front. Back in England, his first job was as a lexicographer on the New English Dictionary. Later, he became a professor in English Language at the University of Leeds. Then he took a position teaching Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University, where he stayed until he retired. While at Oxford, he began work on The Hobbit, which was first published in 1936, and then the ring trilogy, published in 1954-55. However, it didn’t become popular until it was released in paperback in the 1960s. Since then it has sold more than 100 million copies and been translated into more than 25 languages. And of course, in the last few years, the works have been the basis of the epic Peter Jackson movies.
So celebrate Hobbit Day either by reading passages from the novels, or holding a party as Bible and Frodo did.
A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.–J.R.R. Tolkien
Courage is found in unlikely places.–J.R.R. Tolkien
All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost.–J.R.R. Tolkien
There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.–J.R.R. Tolkien
If most of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold it would be a merrier world.–J.R.R. Tolkien
You can only come to the morning through the shadows.–J.R.R. Tolkien
I feel that as long as the Shire lies behind, safe and comfortable, I shall find wandering more bearable: I shall know that somewhere there is a firm foothold, even if my feet cannot stand there again.–J.R.R. Tolkien
It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life.–J.R.R. Tolkien
All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.–J.R.R. Tolkien
I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay, small acts of kindness and love.–J.R.R. Tolkien
Darkness must pass, a new day will come. And when the sun shines, it will shine out the clearer.–J.R.R. Tolkien
The road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the road has gone, and I must follow, if I can.–J.R.R. Tolkien
It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no telling where you might be swept off to.–J.R.R. Tolkien
The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places. But still there is much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater.–J.R.R. Tolkien
For even the very wise cannot see all ends.–J.R.R. Tolkien
Little by little, one travels far.–J.R.R. Tolkien
Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.–J.R.R. Tolkien
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