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I desired dragons with a profound desire. Of course, I in my timid body did not wish to have them in the neighborhood. But the world that contained even the imagination of Fáfnir was richer and more beautiful, at whatever the cost of peril.


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The treacherous are ever distrustful.
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Eomer said, 'How is a man to judge what to do in such times?'
As he has ever judged,' said Arag...
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Do we walk in legends or on the green earth in the daylight?'

A man may do both,' said Ar...
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And sometimes you didn't want to know the end… because how could the end be happy?
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And the ship went out into the High Sea and passed into the West, until at last on a night of rain F...
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Well, here at last, dear friends, on the shores of the Sea comes the end of our fellowship in Middle...
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At length the Lady Galadriel released them from her eyes, and she smiled. ‘Do not let your hearts ...
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Farewell, and may the blessing of Elves and Men and all Free Folk go with you.
May the stars sh...
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For so sworn good or evil an oath may not be broken and it shall pursue oathkeeper and oathbreaker t...
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I have no help to send, therefore I must go myself.
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Aragorn: Hold your ground, hold your ground. Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers. I see in your ey...
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But whenever I say that I will do this or that, it looks very different when the time comes.
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He [Bilbo] used often to say there was only one Road; that it was like a great river: its springs we...
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The Eleven king looked sternly upon Thorin, when he was brought before him, and asked him many quest...
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The realm of fairy-story is wide and deep and high and filled with many things: all manner of beasts...
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And so they stood on the walls of the City of Gondor, and a great wind rose and blew, and their hair...
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wandering in the summer in the woods of Neldoreth [Beren] came upon Lúthien, daughter of Thingol an...
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Indeed if fish had fish-lore and Wise-fish, it is probable that the business of anglers would be ver...
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Even when a prohibition in a fairy-story is guessed to be derived from some taboo once practised lon...
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"Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkenss." ~
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A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid.
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Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.
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Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.
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I have claimed that Escape is one of the main functions of fairy-stories, and since I do not disappr...
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So it begins.
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Now and again he spoke to those that served him and thanked them in their own language. They smiled ...
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My armor is like tenfold shields, my teeth are swords, my claws spears, the shock of my tail a thund...
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PIPPIN: I didn't think it would end this way.

GANDALF: End? No, the journey doesn't end h...
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Farewell," they cried, "Wherever you fare till your eyries receive you at the journey's end!" That i...
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The way is shut. It was made by those who are Dead, and the Dead keep it, until the time comes. The ...
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Fare well we call to hearth and hall
Though wind may blow and rain may fall
We must away e...
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As the hound follows the hare, never ceasing in its running, ever drawing nearer in the chase, with ...
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A box without hinges, key, or lid,
Yet golden treasure inside is hid.
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May the hair on your toes never fall out!
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You have nice manners for a thief and a liar," said the dragon.
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The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places.
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Never laugh at live dragons, Bilbo you fool!
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Truly songs and tales fall utterly short of the reality, O Smaug the Chiefest and greatest of Calami...
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No dragon can resist the fascination of riddling talk and of wasting time trying to understand it.
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For myself, I find I become less cynical rather than more--remembering my own sins and follies; and ...
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For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a smal...
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We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also re...
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I don’t know,’ said Frodo. ‘It came to me then, as if I was making it up; but I may have heard...
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It was Sam's first view of a battle of Men against Men, and he did not like it much. He was glad tha...
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For if joyful is the fountain that rises in the sun, its springs are in the wells of sorrow unfathom...
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The others cast themselves down upon the fragrant grass, but Frodo stood awhile still lost in wonder...
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What a pity that Bilbo did not stab that vile creature, when he had a chance!'
Pity? It was Pit...
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I thought all the trees were whispering to each other, passing news and plots along in an unintellig...
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He never had any real hope in the affair from the beginning;but being a cheerful hobbit he had not n...
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Getting rid of dragons is not at all in my line, but I will do my best to think about it. Personally...
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Books ought to have good endings.
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I wish I was at home in my nice hole by the fire, with the kettle just beginning to sing!
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I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as wel...
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From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall...
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Yes, I am here. And you are lucky to be here too after all the absurd things you've done since you l...
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I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.
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The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has...
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Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate
And though I oft have p...
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It cannot be seen, cannot be felt,
Cannot be heard, cannot be smelt,
It lies behind stars ...
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Never laugh at live dragons.
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Handsome is as handsome does
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But I am the real Strider, fortunately. I am Aragorn son of Arathorn; and if by life or death I can ...
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Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
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Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
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Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break ...
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But you speak of Master Gandalf, as if he was in a story that had come to an end.'

'Yes...
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