"John Ronald Reuel Tolkien", Order of the British Empire/CBE was an English writer, poet, Philology/philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the classic High fantasy/high-fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

He served as the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon and Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford, from 1925 to 1945 and Merton Professors/Merton Professor of English Language and Literature and Fellow of Merton College, Oxford from 1945 to 1959. He was at one time a close friend of C. S. Lewis—they were both members of the informal literary discussion group known as the Inklings. Tolkien was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II on 28 March 1972.

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There I lay staring upward, while the stars wheeled over... Faint to my ears came the gathered rumour of all lands: the springing and the dying, the song and the weeping, and the slow everlasting groan of overburdened stone.

'I wish life was not so short,' he thought. 'Languages take such a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about.'

I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.

I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence.

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.

All that is gold does not glitter; not all those that wander are lost.

Courage is found in unlikely places.

Little by little, one travels far.

Advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise.

Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.

Some who have read the book, or at any rate have reviewed it, have found it boring, absurd, or contemptible, and I have no cause to complain, since I have similar opinions of their works...

The world changes, and all that once was strong now proves unsure.

The world has changed. I see it in the water. I feel it in the Earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost, For none now live who remember it.

Nearly all marriages, even happy ones, are mistakes: in the sense that almost certainly (in a more perfect world, or even with a little more care in this very imperfect one) both partners might be found more suitable mates. But the real soul-mate is the one you are actually married to.

Few can foresee whither their road will lead them, till they come to its end.

It's a dangerous business going out your front door.

What do you mean? 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 on this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?

...for advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.

I have no help to send, therefore I must go myself.

The deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.

It's a job that's never started that takes the longest to finish.

Valour needs first strength, then a weapon.

For though I do not ask for aid, we need it.

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

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

The board is set, the pieces are moving. We come to it at last... The great battle of our time.

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.

The Hobbits are just rustic English people, made small in size because it reflects the generally small reach of their imagination.

It's wisdom to recognize necessity, when all other courses have been weighed, though as folly it may appear to those who cling to false hope.

I love you. I used to pity your sorrow. But now, were you sorrowless, without fear or any lack, still i would love you.

His house was perfect, whether you liked food, or sleep, or work, or story-telling, or singing, or just sitting and thinking, best, or a pleasant mixture of them all.

With hope or without hope we will follow the trail of our enemies. And woe to them, if we prove the swifter!

But I expect they had lots of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn't. And if they had, we shouldn't know, because they'd have been forgotten. We hear about those as just went on -- and not all to a good end, mind you; at least not to what folk inside a story and not outside it call a good end.

Their Oath shall drive them, and yet betray them, and ever snatch away the very treasures that they have sworn to pursue.

He should not vow to walk in the dark, who has not seen the nightfall.

The treacherous are ever distrustful.