The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings are two of the best books I’ve ever read. Although I can accept that some may not appreciate fantasy books like I do, and prefer not to read about small people hiking, there are some quotes in these books that caught me off guard as valuable advice that, I think, is relevant to anyone. I thought I’d pass these on, so that if you really can’t stand to read these books, at least you can take away some of their most important messages. I’ve offered my own commentary on some of these quotes, but others simply speak for themselves.
Lesson #1: “You are only quite a little fellow in a wide world after all”
The world is so much bigger than you and your social bubble. This isn’t anything compared to what’s out there.
Lesson #2: “There it is: dwarves are not heroes, but calculating folk with a great idea of the value of money; some are tricky and treacherous and pretty bad lots; some are not, but are decent people … if you don’t expect too much”
Replace ‘dwarves’ with ‘people’ at the start there and this quote becomes a whole lot more relevant. No one’s perfect, and to expect someone to be perfect in this extremely imperfect world we live in would be stupid. Don’t expect anything from anyone, because then you’ll appreciate what they do give you. And if they don’t give you anything, they’ve done nothing wrong.
Lesson #3: “Courage is found in unlikely places”
No act of bravery is small. If you’re pushing yourself outside your comfort zone, that is courageous; it doesn’t matter on what scale it’s on.
Lesson #4: “Yet such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world; small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere”
As time goes on I see more and more evidence of this. Actions speak louder than words, and I genuinely see more contribution to society in those working minimum wage jobs because they have to, than the people ‘in charge’ at the moment, who are only so tall because they are standing on the back of someone else.
Lesson #5: “…only a small part is played in great deeds by any hero”
Nobody can change the world all by themselves. The most that any of us can do is contribute, but it all adds up, and it will make a difference.
Lesson #6: “Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens”
If you have faith that you can make it through the shitty times, you will.
Lesson #7: “It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish”
An immediate procrastination destroyer, I mentioned this in my previous post ’12 Quotes I Live By’. This helps me every day to just get up and do things.
Lesson #8: “What should be shall be”
Lesson #9: “Often does hatred hurt itself”
Negativity breeds negativity, which bites negativity in the arse. Nothing can be gained from being hateful. For the most part the only person being affected by hate is the person spreading it. Karma is a thing, and so is retribution.
Lesson #10: “…things will go as they will; and there is no hurry to meet them”
Slow down. Have patience. Things will happen if you work hard enough to make them happen, but nothing changes overnight; things progress they don’t just suddenly transform. In this modern world things are constantly moving, and along with that comes the expectation that you need to know what you want, and where you’re going, all the time. But sometimes we’re all moving so fast that we miss out on the things that really matter. Maybe we need to take a leaf out of Treebeard’s book and just stop and smell the flowers every once in a while.
Lesson #11: “…when things are in danger: some one has to give them up, lose them, so that others may keep them”
At a time when there is so much social and political unrest, I think this quote is particularly relevant. The youth of today need to stand together to fix things, or at least make them better, and maybe it will be a question of fighting for something our children and grandchildren will be able to enjoy and appreciate, and not necessarily us.
Lesson #12: “I will not say; do not weep, for not all tears are evil”