The Hobbit

J.R.R. Tolkien’s book The Hobbit is one of my favorite books. Every time I reread it I find more interesting quotes.

The Hobbit



 

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"Bless us and splash us, my preciousss!"

Gollum
The Hobbit - Chapter 5 - Riddles in the Dark
J.R.R. Tolkien

"Come along in, and have some tea!" he managed to say after taking a deep breath.

Bilbo
The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again
J. R. R. Tolkien

"Escaping goblins to be caught by wolves!" he said, and it became a proverb, though we now say "out of the frying-pan into the fire" in the same sort of uncomfortable situations.

Bilbo
The Hobbit - Chapter 6 - Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire
J.R.R. Tolkien

"Farewell! O Elvenking! ... Merry be the greenwood, while the world is yet young! And merry be all your folk!"

Gandalf
The Hobbit - Chapter 18 - The Return Journey
J.R.R. Tolkien

"Farewell! O Gandalf! ... May you ever appear where you are most needed and least expected!"

The Elvenking
The Hobbit - Chapter 18 - The Return Journey
J.R.R. Tolkien

"Go back?" he thought. "No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!"

The Hobbit - Chapter 5 - Riddles in the Dark
J.R.R. Tolkien

"I hope I never smell the smell of apples again!" said Fili. "My tub was full of it. To smell apples everlastingly when you can scarcely move and are cold and sick with hunger is maddening. I could eat anything in the wide world now, for hours on end - but not an apple!"

The Hobbit – Chapter 10 – A warm welcome
J.R.R. Tolkien

"If ever you are passing my way," said Bilbo, "don't wait to knock! Tea is at four; but any of you are welcome at any time!"
Then he turned away.

Bilbo
The Hobbit - Chapter 18 - The Return Journey
J.R.R. Tolkien
Saying good-bye to the dwarves

"Is it nice, my preciousss? Is it juicy? Is it scrumptiously crunchable?"

Gollum
The Hobbit - Chapter 5 - Riddles in the Dark
J.R.R. Tolkien

"My armour is like tenfold shields, my teeth are swords, my claws spears, the shock of my tail a thunderbolt, my wings a hurricane, and my breath death!"

Smaug
The Hobbit - Chapter 12 - Inside Information
J.R.R. Tolkien

"Never laugh at live dragons, Bilbo you fool!" he said to himself, and it became a favourite saying of his later, and passed into a proverb.

Bilbo
The Hobbit - Chapter 12 - Inside Information
J.R.R. Tolkien

"Sssss," .... "Praps ye sits here and chats with it a bitsy, my preciousss. It like riddles, praps it does, does it?"

Gollum
The Hobbit - Chapter 5 - Riddles in the Dark
J.R.R. Tolkien

"What do you mean?" he said. "Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?"
"All of them at once," said Bilbo. "And a very fine morning for a pipe of tobacco out of doors, into the bargain. If you have a pipe about you, sit down and have a fill of mine!"

The Hobbit – Chapter 1 – An unexpected party
J.R.R. Tolkien

"What on earth did I ask him to tea for!" he said to himself, as he went to the pantry.

The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again
J. R. R. Tolkien

"You are a fine person, Mr Baggins, and I am very fond of you; but you are only quite a little fellow in a wide world after all!"
"Thank goodness!" said Bilbo laughing, and handed him the tobacco-jar.

The Hobbit - Chapter 19 - The Last Stage
J.R.R. Tolkien
Gandalf and Bilbo talking. Last sentence in the book.

'Bilbo Baggins, a bur..., a hobbit,' said poor Bilbo, shaking all over, and wondering how to make owl noises before they throttled him.

The Hobbit - Chapter 2 - Roast Mutton
J.R.R. Tolkien
Bilbo caught by the trolls.

'Every worm has his weak spot', as my father used to say, though I am sure it was not from personal experience.

Bilbo
The Hobbit - Chapter 12 - Inside Information
J.R.R. Tolkien

... it brought thousands of dark-grey and black moths, some nearly as big as your hand, flapping and whirring round their ears.

The Hobbit - Chapter 8 - Flies and Spiders
J.R.R. Tolkien
About the effect of lighting watch-fires

... they were a kind of "purple emperor", a butterfly that loves the tops of oak-woods, but these were not purple at all, they were a dark dark velvety black without any markings to be seen.

The Hobbit - Chapter 8 - Flies and Spiders
J.R.R. Tolkien
Bilbo looking at butterflies

Old fat spider spinning in a tree!
Old fat spider can't see me!
   Attercop! Attercop!
      Won't you stop,
Stop your spinning and look for me?

The Hobbit - Chapter 8 - Flies and Spiders
J.R.R. Tolkien
Part of Bilbo's song about spiders

South away! and South away!
Seek the sunlight and the day,
Back to pasture, back to mead,
Where the kine and oxen feed!
Back to gardens on the hills
Where the berry swells and fills
Under sunlight, under day!
South away! and South away!

The Hobbit - Chapter 9 - Barrels Out of Bond
J.R.R. Tolkien
Part of a song by the elves

The stars are far brighter
Than gems without measure
The moon is far whiter
Than silver in treasure:
The fire is more shining
On hearth in the glooming,
Than gold won by mining,
So why go a-roaming?

O! Tra-la-la-lally
Come back to the valley.

The Hobbit - Chapter 19 - The Last Stage
J.R.R. Tolkien
Part of a song by the elves.

A big jug of coffee had just been set in the hearth, the seed-cakes were gone, and the dwarves were starting on a round of buttered scones, when there came - a loud knock.

The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again
J. R. R. Tolkien

After some time he felt for his pipe. It was not broken, and that was something. Then he felt for his pouch, and there was some tobacco in it, and that was something more. Then he felt for matches and he could not find any at all, and that shattered his hopes completely.

The Hobbit – Chapter 5 – Riddles in the dark
J.R.R. Tolkien

As they went on Bilbo looked from side to side for something to eat; but the blackberries were still only in flower, and of course there were no nuts, not even hawthorn-berries.

The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again
J. R. R. Tolkien


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