01/03/2013 03:21 am ET

J.R.R. Tolkien Quotes: Our Favorites On His 121st Birthday

J.R.R. Tolkien has arguably never been so popular, with The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies as close to hagiographies of the man's literature as you'll find.

Today would have been John Ronald Reuel's 121st birthday, the same number of years into the fourth age that Arwen Undómiel died of a broken heart.

Here are some of our favorite quotes, taken from his books and his private letters, to remind us of the man who made fantasy fashionable, and indirectly saved the New Zealand tourist industry:

15 Wonderful Quotes From JRR Tolkien


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