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Why O why did I ever leave my hobbit-hole?" said poor Mr. Baggins, bumping up and down on Bombur's b...
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I heard of that bloodthirsty old murderer Josef Stalin inviting all nations to join a happy family o...
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The greater part of the truth is always hidden, in regions out of the reach of cynicism.
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Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on ...
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Living by faith includes the call to something greater than cowardly self-preservation.
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till suddenly his hand met what felt like a tiny ring of cold metal lying on the floor of the tunnel...
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Over the field rang his clear voice calling: ‘Death! Ride, ride to ruin and the world’s ending!
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The Dark Lord has Nine. But we have One, mightier than they: the White Rider. He has passed through ...
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You do not understand' said Pippin. 'You must go - and therefore we must too. Merry and I are coming...
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Do not go to the elves for council for they will say both yes and no.
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And it is not our part here to take thought only for a season, or for a few lives of Men, or for a p...
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But when I say "free", I mean "free": free from bond, of chain or command:to go where you will, even...
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A new road or a secret gate.
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This is the ending. Now not day only shall be beloved, but night too shall be beautiful and blessed ...
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But Sauron was not of mortal flesh, and though he was robbed now of that shape in which had wrought ...
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These folk are hewers of trees and hunters of beasts; therefore we are their unfriends, and if they ...
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I want to be a healer, and love all things that grow and are not barren.
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And then her heart changed, or at least she understood it; and the winter passed, and the sun shone ...
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To crooked eyes truth may wear a wry face
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No Victory Without Suffering
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How do you move on? You move on when your heart finally understands that there is no turning back.
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The burned hand teaches best.
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I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done since I grew old and wa...
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It's the job that's never started takes longest to finish.
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All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does no...
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What do you mean? Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it...
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What do you fear my lady?'
'A cage. To stay behind bars until use and old age accept them and ...
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It's wisdom to recognize necessity, when all other courses have been weighed, though as folly it may...
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What do you fear, lady?" [Aragorn] asked.
"A cage," [Éowyn] said. "To stay behind bars, until...
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The leaves were long, the grass was green,
The hemlock-umbels tall and fair,
And in the gl...
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A hunted man sometimes wearies of distrust and longs for friendship.
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For it is easier to shout 'Stop', than to do it
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You must understand, young Hobbit, it takes a long time to say anything in Old Entish. And we never ...
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Don't go where I can't follow!
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And you, Ring-bearer,’ she said, turning to Frodo. ‘I come to you last who are not last in my th...
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Gandalf and Pippin came to Merry's room, and there they found Aragorn standing by the bed. 'Poor old...
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For I am the daughter of Elrond. I shall not go with him when he departs to the Havens: for mine is ...
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And all the host laughed and wept, and in the midst of their merriment and tears the clear voice of ...
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Don't you leave him! they said to me. Leave him! I said. I never mean to. I am going with him, if he...
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Look, my friends!' he called. 'Here's a pretty hobbit-skin to wrap an elven princeling in! If it wer...
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Frodo: I can't do this, Sam.
Sam: I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. ...
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Muchos de los que viven merecen morir y algunos de los que mueren merecen la vida. ¿Puedes devolver...
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The road goes ever on and on
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But he that sows lies in the end shall not lack of a harvest, and soon he may rest from toil indeed,...
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It is written in my life-blood, such that it is, thick or thin; and I can no other.
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It is mine, I tell you. My own. My precious. Yes, my precious.
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It is no bad thing celebrating a simple life.
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Enchantment produces a Secondary World, into which both designer and spectator can enter, to the sat...
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Well I've made up my mind, anyway. I want to see mountains again, Gandalf – mountains; and then fi...
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Escaping goblins to be caught by wolves!” he said, and it became a proverb, though we now say ‘o...
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the association of children and fairy-stories is an accident of our domestic history. Fairy-stories ...
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Then Bilbo remembered his ring! "Well I'm blessed!" said he. "This invisibility has its drawbacks af...
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Not all those who wander are lost
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Then the dwarves forgot their joy and their confident boasts of a moment before and cowered down in ...
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There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, ...
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My dear Frodo!’ exclaimed Gandalf. ‘Hobbits really are amazing creatures, as I have said before....
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Short cuts make long delays.
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All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.
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Go back?" he thought. "No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we ...
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It is said by the Eldar that in water there lives yet the echo of the Music of the Ainur more than i...
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Roads Go Ever On

Roads go ever ever on,
Over rock and under tree,
By caves wher...
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I sit beside the fire and think
Of all that I have seen
Of meadow flowers and butterflies...
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It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of ...
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May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.
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The best thing about dreams is that fleeting moment, when you are between asleep and awake, when you...
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His house was perfect, whether you liked food, or sleep, or work, or story-telling, or singing, or j...
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For you little gardener and lover of trees, I have only a small gift. Here is set G for Galadriel, b...
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If most of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
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