One of the rich things about Tolkien’s books are his unique way with words. His writing style is subtle and liquid, it changes so rapidly and artfully that you often have to read whole paragraphs again and again to truly understand what he is saying- and when you get it, when that light bulb clicks, your breath is often taken away.
I am a lover of quotes, a big lover of quotes. I have many literary tattoos planned and those will certainly only be the start of my journey (I have 2 already, woot!). Scattered amongst my future tattoo plans are a few phrases, quotes and words by Tolkien. Can you guess which?
5 Middle-Earth Quotes That Make Great Literary Tattoos:
“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.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king
The Fellowship Of The Ring”
2. All Those Elfish:
3. Samwise Gamgee:
“There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”
4. The Lord Of The Rings Epigraph:
“Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men, doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.”
5. The Silmarillion:
“All have their worth and each contributes to the worth of the others.”
“I will not say do not weep, for all tears are not evil.”
7. Gandalf in Elfish:
I hope that these have inspired you to ink yourselves wherever you may or fulfill a deep burning desire for something geeky-fun for your next tattoo.
Oh- The tattoo’s I want are #1 (All that is gold does not glitter/Not all those who wander are lost) and #6 and maybe I’ll just get it in Elfish! There is something so visually arresting about the Elfish script upon skin. Maybe.