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Today I Shall Behave as if This is the Day I Will be Remembered
20 Things I Learned from J R R Tolkien 
9th-Jan-2013 05:37 pm
Thorin
  1. Defeat does not come because the other side is better and stronger than you. Defeat happens when you despair.
  2. Never, ever try and cross the Misty Mountains. Something bad will happen. Always.
  3. The greatest sort of courage is to be found in ordinary, good people.
  4. If anyone suggests making magic jewellery, say no. It always ends badly.
  5. Give back to the world in equal proportion to what you take from it.
  6. When facing down the Nazgul, it is good policy to have a lady in drag with you.
  7. There is an end to every darkness, and there are places that no darkness can touch, that will still be there once it has past.
  8. Value good cheer, good food and songs over riches, for they will make you wealthier by far.
  9. One does not simply walk into Mordor. You have to book with Smeagol’s Precious Vacations first.
  10. Do not fight wars for the glory of battle. Fight them for the things you defend.
  11. It’s probably best not to swear any oaths of vengeance. Even if your father asks you to.
  12. Have the courage to treat people with compassion and mercy.
  13. Do not give up on your friends – no matter how desperate the situation.
  14. Poetry is a perfectly acceptable way to deliver relevant facts about a location or quest.
  15. Balrogs have wings.
  16. Balrogs don’t have wings.
  17. The world is outside. But once you have gone out, you can never truly come back in again.
  18. If you destroy something to understand it, you have not understood it at all.
  19. If you need shit done, hire a Hobbit.
  20. All you can do is decide what to do with the time that is given to you. So decide well.
Comments 
11th-Jan-2013 02:43 am (UTC)
This is utterly delightful. <3
11th-Jan-2013 02:54 am (UTC)
Thanks! :)
12th-Jan-2013 01:16 am (UTC)
This is an really great list :) (Number 14 though.)

If you destroy something to understand it, you have not understood it at all.
This really stuck out at me when I was reading LotR - I even tagged the page in my copy.
12th-Jan-2013 05:21 am (UTC)
Hahahaha. It is!

Yeah, I loved that line (obviously). I had a hard time mediating the desire to just quote the entirety of the books on this list, and be outrageously silly the whole way through. I don't know if this is quite a happy medium, but it's what I settled with. :P
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