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J. R. R. Tolkien on escapism in “The Lord of the Rings” (x)

“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?…If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!” 

-J.R.R. Tolkien


posted 8 months ago on 6/1/2014 - 18,384 notes
Yet between the brothers there was great love, and had been since childhood, when Boromir was the helper and protector of Faramir. No jealousy or rivalry had arisen between them since, for their father’s favour or for the praise of men. It did not seem possible to Faramir that any one in Gondor could rival Boromir, heir of Denethor, Captain of the White Tower; and of like mind was Boromir. Yet it proved otherwise at the test.Appendix A, Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkien
Yet between the brothers there was great love, and had been since childhood, when Boromir was the helper and protector of Faramir. No jealousy or rivalry had arisen between them since, for their father’s favour or for the praise of men. It did not seem possible to Faramir that any one in Gondor could rival Boromir, heir of Denethor, Captain of the White Tower; and of like mind was Boromir. Yet it proved otherwise at the test.

Appendix A, Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkien

posted 1 year ago on 12/1/2013 - 172 notes
amandaonwriting:

Literary Birthday - 3 January
Happy Birthday, JRR Tolkien, born 3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973
JRR Tolkien: 10 Quotes
I desired dragons with a profound desire. Of course, I in my timid body did not wish to have them in the neighbourhood. But the world that contained even the imagination of Fafnir was richer and beautiful at whatever cost of peril.
It’s the job that’s never started takes longest to finish. 
I am dreading the publication, for it will be impossible not to mind what is said. I have exposed my heart to be shot at.
I learned more in those two years than in any other equal period of my life. (On his time spent working on the New English Dictionary)
Fantasy remains a human right: we make in our measure and in our derivative mode, because we are made: and not only made, but made in the image and likeness of a Maker.
I am told that I talk in shorthand and then smudge it. 
The unpayable debt that I owe to him [C.S. Lewis] was not ‘influence’ as it is ordinarily understood, but sheer encouragement. He was for long my only audience. Only from him did I ever get the idea that my ‘stuff’ could be more than a private hobby.
If you’re going to have a complicated story you must work to a map; otherwise you’ll never make a map of it afterwards.
The news today about ‘Atomic bombs’ is so horrifying one is stunned. The utter folly of these lunatic physicists to consent to do such work for war-purposes: calmly plotting the destruction of the world! Such explosives in men’s hands, while their moral and intellectual status is declining, is about as useful as giving out firearms to all inmates of a gaol and then saying that you hope ‘this will ensure peace’. But one good thing may arise out of it, I suppose, if the write-ups are not overheated: Japan ought to cave in. Well we’re in God’s hands. But He does not look kindly on Babel-builders.
A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born in South Africa but moved to England as a child. He was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, best known for the classic high fantasy works: The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.
by Amanda Patterson
From Writers Write

amandaonwriting:

Literary Birthday - 3 January

Happy Birthday, JRR Tolkien, born 3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973

JRR Tolkien: 10 Quotes

  1. I desired dragons with a profound desire. Of course, I in my timid body did not wish to have them in the neighbourhood. But the world that contained even the imagination of Fafnir was richer and beautiful at whatever cost of peril.
  2. It’s the job that’s never started takes longest to finish. 
  3. I am dreading the publication, for it will be impossible not to mind what is said. I have exposed my heart to be shot at.
  4. I learned more in those two years than in any other equal period of my life. (On his time spent working on the New English Dictionary)
  5. Fantasy remains a human right: we make in our measure and in our derivative mode, because we are made: and not only made, but made in the image and likeness of a Maker.
  6. I am told that I talk in shorthand and then smudge it. 
  7. The unpayable debt that I owe to him [C.S. Lewis] was not ‘influence’ as it is ordinarily understood, but sheer encouragement. He was for long my only audience. Only from him did I ever get the idea that my ‘stuff’ could be more than a private hobby.
  8. If you’re going to have a complicated story you must work to a map; otherwise you’ll never make a map of it afterwards.
  9. The news today about ‘Atomic bombs’ is so horrifying one is stunned. The utter folly of these lunatic physicists to consent to do such work for war-purposes: calmly plotting the destruction of the world! Such explosives in men’s hands, while their moral and intellectual status is declining, is about as useful as giving out firearms to all inmates of a gaol and then saying that you hope ‘this will ensure peace’. But one good thing may arise out of it, I suppose, if the write-ups are not overheated: Japan ought to cave in. Well we’re in God’s hands. But He does not look kindly on Babel-builders.
  10. A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born in South Africa but moved to England as a child. He was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, best known for the classic high fantasy works: The HobbitThe Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

by Amanda Patterson

From Writers Write


posted 1 year ago on 3/1/2013 - 3,271 notes

"The dweller in the quiet and fertile plains may hear of the tormented hills and unharvested sea and long for them in his heart. For the heart is hard though the body be soft."
—J.R.R. Tolkien, On Fairy-Stories


posted 1 year ago on 2/1/2013 - 4 notes

And seated a little apart was a tall man with a fair and noble face, dark-haired and grey-eyed, proud and stern of glance.

He was cloaked and booted as if for a journey on horseback; and indeed though his garments were rich, and his cloak lined with fur, they were stained with long travel. He had a collar of silver in which a single white stone was set; his locks were shorn about his shoulders. On a baldric he wore a great horn tipped with silver that now was laid upon his knees. He gazed at Frodo and Bilbo with sudden wonder.

'Here,' said Elrond, turning to Gandalf, 'is Boromir, a man from the South. He arrived in the grey morning, and seeks for counsel. I have bidden him to be present, for here his questions will be answered.'

- Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien


posted 1 year ago on 1/1/2013 - 93 notes
hindividual:

My friends went on a trip to England, and they stopped to visit J.R.R. Tolkien’s grave. They found this left on top of it, and now I want to cry. 

hindividual:

My friends went on a trip to England, and they stopped to visit J.R.R. Tolkien’s grave. They found this left on top of it, and now I want to cry. 


posted 1 year ago on 17/12/2012 - 61,913 notes

"It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something."
—J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers (via thegirlandherbooks)


posted 2 years ago on 10/7/2012 - 1,418 notes

"Believe not that in the land of Gondor the blood of Númenor is spent, nor all its pride and glory forgotten."

"Believe not that in the land of Gondor the blood of Númenor is spent, nor all its pride and glory forgotten."


posted 2 years ago on 7/1/2012 - 14 notes