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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.



“… ‘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


“Bless us and splash us, my preciousss!”

Gollum
The Hobbit – Chapter 5 – Riddles in the Dark
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


“I am Thorin son of Thrain son of Thror King under the Mountain!”

Thorin
The Hobbit – Chapter 10 – A Warm Welcome
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


“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


“Stand by the grey stone when the thrush knocks, and the setting sun with the last light of Durin's Day will shine upon the keyhole.”

The Hobbit – Chapter 3 – A Short Rest
J.R.R. Tolkien
Moonletters on the map.


“There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. But sad or merry, I must leave it now. Farewell!”

Thorin
The Hobbit – Chapter 18 – The Return Journey
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


“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.


"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


"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


"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


"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


‘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.


… 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


… their small knives, the only weapons they had, would have been of no use against the arrows of the elves that could hit a bird’s eye in the dark.

The Hobbit – Chapter 9 – Barrels Out of Bond
J.R.R. Tolkien
About the dwarves.


… 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 King beneath the mountains,
The King of carven stone,
The lord of silver fountains
Shall come into his own!

The Hobbit – Chapter 10 – A Warm Welcome
J.R.R. Tolkien
Part of a song about the King under the Mountain.


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.


Under the Mountain dark and tall
the King has come unto his hall!
His foe is dead, the Worm of Dread,
And ever so his foes shall fall.

The Hobbit – Chapter 15 – The Gathering of the Clouds
J.R.R. Tolkien
Part of a song by the dwarves.


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


At last Gandalf pushed away his plate and jug – he had eaten two whole loaves (with masses of butter and honey and clotted cream) and drunk at least a quart of mead – and he took out his pipe.

The Hobbit – Chapter 7 – Queer Lodgings
J.R.R. Tolkien
About honey and mead.


Behind him where the walls were nearest could dimly be seen coats of mail, helms and axes, swords and spears hanging; and there in rows stood great jars and vessels filled with a wealth that could not be guessed.

The Hobbit – Chapter 12 – Inside Information
J.R.R. Tolkien
About Smaug.


But the eyes that he liked the least were horrible pale bulbous sort of eyes. "Insect eyes," he thought, "not animal eyes, only they are much too big."

The Hobbit – Chapter 8 – Flies and Spiders
J.R.R. Tolkien
Bilbo seeing eyes in the forest


Deep down here by the dark water lived old Gollum, a small slimy creature. I don’t know where he came from, nor who or what he was. He was Gollum – as dark as darkness, except for two big round pale eyes in his thin face.

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


Each one of his folk was clad in a hauberk of steel mail that hung to his knees, and his legs were covered with hose of a fine and flexible metal mesh, …
In battle they wielded heavy two-handed mattocks; but each of them had also a short broad sword at his side and a round shield slung at his back. Their beards were forked and plaited and thrust into their belts. Their caps were of iron and they were shod with iron, and their faces were grim.

The Hobbit – Chapter 17 – The Clouds Burst
J.R.R. Tolkien
About the dwarves of Dain


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.

The Hobbit – Chapter 1 – An Unexpected Party
J.R.R. Tolkien
Part of a song by the dwarves


Goodness knows what the striking of matches and the smell of tobacco would have brought on him out of dark holes in that horrible place.

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


Hammers, axes, swords, daggers, pickaxes, tongs, and also instruments of torture, they make very well, or get other people to make to their design, prisoners and slaves that have to work till they die for want of air and light.

The Hobbit – Chapter 4 – Over Hill and Under Hill
J.R.R. Tolkien


He beat the creature off with his hands – it was trying to poison him to keep him quiet, as small spiders do to flies – until he remembered his sword and drew it out.

The Hobbit – Chapter 8 – Flies and Spiders
J.R.R. Tolkien
About Bilbo.


He did not remember things very well, unless he put them down on his Engagement Tablet: like this: Gandalf Tea Wednesday.

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


He keeps hives and hives of great fierce bees, and lives most on cream and honey.

Gandalf
The Hobbit – Chapter 7 – Queer Lodgings
J.R.R. Tolkien
Talking about Beorn


He laughed a great rolling laugh, put down his axe and came forward.

The Hobbit – Chapter 7 – Queer Lodgings
J.R.R. Tolkien
About Beorn.


He loved maps, as I have told you before; and he also liked runes and letters and cunning handwriting, though when he wrote himself it was a bit thin and spidery.

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


He nibbled a bit of sorrel, and he drank from a small mountain-stream that crossed the path, and he ate three wild strawberries that he found on its bank, but it was not much good.

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


He was as noble and fair in face as an elf-lord, as strong as a warrior, as wise as a wizard, as venerable as a king of dwarves, and as kind as summer.

The Hobbit – Chapter 3 – A Short Rest
J.R.R. Tolkien
About Elrond.


Hobbits have no beards. There is little or no magic about them, except the everyday sort which helps them to disappear quietly and quickly when large stupid folk like you and me come blundering along, making noise like elephants which they can hear a mile off.

The Hobbit – Chapter 1 – An Unexpected Party
J.R.R. Tolkien


I am just about to take tea; pray come and have some with me.

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


If ever you are passing my way, don't wait to knock! Tea is at four; but any of you are welcome at any time!

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


If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.

Thorin
The Lord of the Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien


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.

The Hobbit – Chapter 1 – An Unexpected Party
J.R.R. Tolkien
This is how The Hobbit book begins.


In the end he poked his head above the roof of leaves, and then he found spiders all right. But they were only small ones of ordinary size, and they were after the butterflies.

The Hobbit – Chapter 8 – Flies and Spiders
J.R.R. Tolkien
What Bilbo sees after climbing a tree


It was after tea-time; it was pouring with rain, and had been all day; his hood was dripping into his eyes, his cloak was full of water; the pony was tired and stumbled on stones; the others were too grumpy to talk.

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


It was as if a globe had been filled with moonlight and hung before them in a net woven of the glint of frosty stars.

The Hobbit – Chapter 16 – A Thief in the Night
J.R.R. Tolkien
About the Arkenstone.


Just before tea-time there came a tremendous ring on the front-door bell, and then he remembered! He rushed and put on the kettle, and put out another cup and saucer, and an extra cake or two, and ran to the door.

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


Little bunny is getting nice and fat again on bread and honey.

Beorn
The Hobbit – Chapter 7 – Queer Lodgings
J.R.R. Tolkien
Talking about Bilbo


Maddened and angry they were leaping and howling round the trunks, and cursing the dwarves in their horrible language, with their tongues hanging out, and their eyes shining as red and fierce as the flames.

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


May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks

Gandalf
The Hobbit – Chapter 7 – Queer Lodgings
J.R.R. Tolkien
Talking to the Eagles


Not far away were dreary hills, rising higher and higher, dark with trees. On some of them were old castles with an evil look, as if they had been built by wicked people.

The Hobbit – Chapter 2 – Roast Mutton
J.R.R. Tolkien
Near the trolls.


Nothing moved in the waste, save the vapour and the water, and every now and again a black and ominous crow. The only sound was the sound of the stony water, and every now and again the harsh croak of a bird. Balin shuddered.

The Hobbit – Chapter 11 – On the Doorstep
J.R.R. Tolkien
About the Desolation of the Dragon.


Now it is a strange thing, but things that are good to have and days that are good to spend are soon told about, and not much to listen to; while things that are uncomfortable, palpitating, and even gruesome, may make a good tale, and take a deal of telling anyway.

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


Now scuttle off, and come back quick, if all is well. If not, come back if you can! It you can’t, hoot twice like a barn-owl and once like a screech-owl, and we will do what we can.

Thorin
The Hobbit – Chapter 2 – Roast Mutton
J.R.R. Tolkien


Off Bilbo had to go, before he could explain that he could not hoot even once like any kind of owl any more than fly like a bat.

The Hobbit – Chapter 2 – Roast Mutton
J.R.R. Tolkien


On the table in the light of a big lamp with a red shade he spread a piece of parchment rather like a map.

The Hobbit – Chapter 1 – An Unexpected Party
J.R.R. Tolkien
About the map which shows The Mountain where the dragon lives.


Outside the ring of dancing warriors with spears and axes stood the wolves at a respectful distance, watching and waiting.

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


Quite a merry gathering! I hope there is something left for the late-comers to eat and drink! What's that? Tea! No thank you! A little red wine, I think for me.

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


Royal indeed did Thorin look, clad in a coat of gold-plated rings, with a silver-hafted axe in a belt crusted with scarlet stones.

The Hobbit – Chapter 13 – Not at Home
J.R.R. Tolkien
About Thorin


So he sat down and wished in vain for a wash and a brush. He did not get either, nor tea nor toast nor bacon for his breakfast, only cold mutton and rabbit.

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


Some called for ale, and some for porter, and one for coffee, and all of them for cakes; so the hobbit was kept very busy for a while.

The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again
J. R. R. Tolkien
When the dwarves visit Bilbo


Somehow the killing of a giant spider, all alone by himself in the dark without the help of a wizard or the dwarves or anyone else, made a great difference to Mr. Baggins. He felt a different person, and much fiercer and bolder in spite of an empty stomach as he wiped his sword on the grass and put it back into its sheath.
“I will give you a name,” he said to it, “and I shall call you Sting.”

The Hobbit – Chapter 8 – Flies and Spiders
J.R.R. Tolkien
About Bilbo


Sorry! I don't want any adventures, thank you. Not today. Good morning! But please come to tea – any time you like! Why not tomorrow? Come tomorrow! Good bye!

Bilbo
The Hobbit – Chapter 1 – An Unexpected Party
J.R.R. Tolkien
Bilbo, trying to get rid of Gandalf


Splendid! They used to go up like great lilies and snapdragons and laburnums of fire and hang in the twilight all evening!

Bilbo
The Hobbit – Chapter 1 – An Unexpected Party
J.R.R. Tolkien
Bilbo Baggins describing the fireworks of Gandalf.


Standing near was a huge man with a thick black beard and hair, and great bare arms and legs with knotted muscles. He was clothed in a tunic of wool down to his knees, and was leaning on a large axe.

The Hobbit – Chapter 7 – Queer Lodgings
J.R.R. Tolkien
About Beorn.


Swords in these parts are mostly blunt, and axes are used for trees, and
shields as cradles or dish covers; and dragons are comfortably far off, and
therefore legendary.

Gandalf
The Hobbit – Chapter 1 – An Unexpected Party
J.R.R. Tolkien


Tea-time had long gone by, and it seemed supper-time would soon do the same.

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


The bushes, and the long grasses between the boulders, the patches of rabbit-cropped turf, the thyme and the sage and the marjoram, and the yellow rockroses all vanished, and they found themselves at the top of a wide steep slope of fallen stones, the remains of a landslide.

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


The dwarves had heard noises from a distance, and after waiting for some time for Bilbo to come back, or to hoot like an owl, they started off one by one to creep towards the light as quietly as they could.

The Hobbit – Chapter 2 – Roast Mutton
J.R.R. Tolkien


The lord of the eagles of the Misty Mountains had eyes that could look at the sun unblinking, and could see a rabbit moving on the ground a mile below even in the moonlight.

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


The nastiest things they saw were the cobwebs: dark dense cobwebs with threads extraordinarily thick, often stretched from tree to tree, or tangled in the lower branches on either side of them.

The Hobbit – Chapter 8 – Flies and Spiders
J.R.R. Tolkien
About the forest.


The noise of the giant bees flying to and fro and crawling in and out filled all the air.

The Hobbit – Chapter 7 – Queer Lodgings
J.R.R. Tolkien
About Beorn's bee hives


The spider lay dead beside him, and his sword-blade was stained black.

The Hobbit – Chapter 8 – Flies and Spiders
J.R.R. Tolkien
Bilbo killed a spider


The spiders swelled with rage, and spluttered and frothed, and hissed out horrible curses;

The Hobbit – Chapter 8 – Flies and Spiders
J.R.R. Tolkien


The sun was shining brilliantly, and it was a long while before he could bear it. When he could, he saw all round him a sea of dark green, ruffled here and there by the breeze; and there were everywhere hundreds of butterflies.

The Hobbit – Chapter 8 – Flies and Spiders
J.R.R. Tolkien
Bilbo on top of a tree.


The yells and yammering, croaking, jibbering and jabbering; howls, growls and curses; shrieking and skriking, that followed were beyond description. Several hundred wild cats and wolves being roasted slowly alive together would not have compared with it.

The Hobbit – Chapter 4 – Over Hill and Under Hill
J.R.R. Tolkien
About goblins


Then the great spider, who had been busy tying him up while he dozed, came from behind him and came at him. He could only see the thing's eyes, but he could feel its hairy legs as it struggled to wind its abominable threads round and round him.

The Hobbit – Chapter 8 – Flies and Spiders
J.R.R. Tolkien
Bilbo is attacked by a spider


Then Thorin stepped up and drew the key on its chain from round his neck. He put it to the hole. It fitted and it turned! Snap! The gleam went out, the sun sank, the moon was gone, and evening sprang into the sky.

The Hobbit – Chapter 11 – On the Doorstep
J.R.R. Tolkien
On Durin’s Day.


There in the shadows on a large flat stone sat a tremendous goblin with a
huge head, and armed goblins were standing round him carrying the axes and
the bent swords that they use.

The Hobbit – Chapter 4 – Over Hill and Under Hill
J.R.R. Tolkien


There indeed lay Thorin Oakenshield, wounded with many wounds, and his rent armour and notched axe were cast upon the floor.

The Hobbit – Chapter 18 – The Return Journey
J.R.R. Tolkien


There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.

Thorin
The Hobbit – Chapter 4 – Over Hill and Under Hill
J.R.R. Tolkien


There was a buzzing and a whirring and a droning in the air. Bees were busy everywhere. And such bees! Bilbo had never seen anything like them. … They were bigger than hornets. The drones were bigger than your thumb, a good deal, and the band of yellow on their deep black bodies shone like fiery gold.

The Hobbit – Chapter 7 – Queer Lodgings
J.R.R. Tolkien
About the bees of Beorn.


There was a most special greedy, strong and wicked worm called Smaug.

The Hobbit – Chapter 1 – An Unexpected Party
J.R.R. Tolkien
About the dragon.


There were moths fluttering about, and the light became very dim, for the moon had not risen.

The Hobbit – Chapter 3 – A Short Rest
J.R.R. Tolkien


They sat long at the table with their wooden drinking bowls filled with mead.

The Hobbit – Chapter 7 – Queer Lodgings
J.R.R. Tolkien
About Bilbo and the dwarves when they visit Beorn.


Thorin wielded his axe with mighty strokes, and nothing seemed to harm him.

The Hobbit – Chapter 17 – The Clouds Burst
J.R.R. Tolkien
About Thorin fighting.


Though he was only a black shadow in the gleam of his own eyes, Bilbo could see or feel that he was tense as a bowstring, gathered for a spring.

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


We are getting near. We are on the edge of his bee-pastures.

Gandalf
The Hobbit – Chapter 7 – Queer Lodgings
J.R.R. Tolkien
Talking about Beorn


Whether it was magic or not, it seemed to Bilbo that he heard a sound like wind in the branches stirring in the rafters, and the hoot of owls.

The Hobbit – Chapter 7 – Queer Lodgings
J.R.R. Tolkien


With a shriek that deafened men, felled trees and split stone, Smaug shot spouting into the air, turned over and crashed down from on high in ruin.

The Hobbit – Chapter 14 – Fire and Water
J.R.R. Tolkien
About Smaug dying.


Wizards after all are wizards.

The Hobbit – Chapter 1 – An Unexpected Party
J.R.R. Tolkien