Quote of the Day! J.R.R. Tolkien: There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.
Today’s Quote of the Day is by J.R.R. Tolkien…
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[dropcap]T[/dropcap]olkien hardly needs an introduction, but the impression many people have of the man is of an Oxford professor of languages, with all the accompanying stuffiness that image often conjures up
But Tolkien wasn’t a typical professor, by any stretch of the imagination — and he was known, by his students and colleagues, as having a flair for the dramatic (and comedic).
Although quiet and unassuming in public, Tolkien was known for attending parties dressed as a polar bear, and once chased a neighbor whilst dressed as an axe-wielding Anglo-Saxon warrior. On various occasions, he reportedly gave local shopkeepers his false teeth as payment for his purchases.
As one of his students put it, “He could turn a lecture room into a mead hall.”
He was a linguist and expert on Old English and Old Norse literature, and professor at Oxford University from 1925 until 1959. He was also a tireless instructor, teaching between 70 and 136 lectures a year despite his contract only requiring 36).
And he wasn’t just a linguist — he invented languages for fun! Many of which (such as the Elvish languages Quenya and Sindarin) he used in his writing. He even wrote songs and poems in his fictional languages. He even worked on reconstructing and writing in extinct languages like Medieval Welsh and Lombardic.
Our Quote of The Day is from the second book in his trilogy ‘The Lord of The Rings’, called ‘The Two Towers’. The quote is from Sam, speaking to Frodo. The full quote is as follows:
“It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going, because they were holding on to something. That there is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”
An absolutely fascinating man, and and an extraordinary life’s work.
For a full list of available books by J.R.R Tolkien click here to visit his author page.