Citations from Tolkien

A few of my favorite paragraphs from Lord of the Rings by Tolkien:

“He deserves death” – “Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live
deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do
not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot
see all ends.”

“What a pity that Bilbo did not stab that vile creature, when he
had a chance!” – “Pity? It was Pity that stayed his hand. Pity, and Mercy: not
to strike without need.”

“Why was I chosen?” – “Such questions cannot be
answered, … You may be sure that it was not for any merit that others do not
possess: not for power or wisdom, at any rate. But you have been chosen, and you
must therefore use such strength and heart and wits as you have.”

“Travellers scowl at us, and countrymen give us scornful names. “Strider” I
am to one fat man who lives within a day’s march of foes that would freeze his
heart, or lay his little town in ruin, if he were not guarded ceaselessly. Yet
we would not have it otherwise. If simple folk are free from care and fear,
simple they will be, and we must be secret to keep them so. That has been the
task of my kindred, while the years have lengthened and the grass has

“Here is the Heart of Elvendom on earth”, he said, “and here my heart
dwells ever, unless there be a light beyond the dark roads that we still must
tread, you and I. Come with me!” And taking Frodo’s hand in his, he left the
hill of Cerin Amroth and came there never again as living man.

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