I’ll take it over Hallmark any day.
Friends who are also members of the Lord of the Rings fellowship give me knowing and appreciative looks and emoticons when I apply quotes to their situations. Friends who have no idea about the source still take the words to heart and even pass them on to others. I believe that it speaks to the complete world that Tolkien created. Middle Earth is rich with history and tales, and the lines between our reality and that fantasy can be blurred with just a slight touch.
Here are some of the quotes that come to mind – feel free to share yours.
“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door," he used to say. "You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
Little by little, one travels far.
For a bad day or sympathy:
May it be a light for you in dark places, when all other lights go out.
I will not say, Do not weep, for not all tears are an evil.
We are not bound forever to the circles of the world, and beyond them is more than memory.
You can only come to the morning through the shadows.
Wisdom for life:
All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.
Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.
The wise speak only of what they know.
If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends.
It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him
All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost…