'The Hobbit' Quotes: 35+ Best Lines From Gandalf, Bilbo, & More

35+ The Hobbit Quotes To Inspire Your Own Adventure

January 18, 2021 Updated May 11, 2021

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Bilbo Baggins was a small man… maybe three feet? That’s to be expected of Hobbits, of course. Less expected of Hobbits? To be brave adventurers. Before the many adventures that he undertook, Bilbo was a rather squirrelly hobbit. While certainly polite and friendly enough, he had no interest in seeing what fun lay in the world beyond his home at Bag End. And yet, as we witnessed many times afterward, Gandalf could be quite a convincing wizard. When he asked Bilbo to set out to travel, it took some persuasion. But what Hobbit doesn’t love a good story to tell? None, if we’re going by The Hobbit quotes.

The Hobbit might just be our favorite book by fantasy genre author J.R.R. Tolkien. While we’ll happily sit through all three Lord of the Rings movies any day of the week, we lived for the traveling tales of young(er) Bilbo. Say what you want about Tolkien (and there’s plenty to say), the world he created and the characters he conjured will always be our favorites. These quotes are just a sampling of some of Tolkien’s writing and some of the wonderful and inspiring moments from The Hobbit.

The Hobbit Quotes: Bilbo Baggins

Bilbo Quotes
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  1. “I’m going on an adventure!”
  2. “Go back? No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!”
  3. “Victory, after all, I suppose! Well, it seems a very gloomy business.”
  4. “I should think so — in these parts! We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner! I can’t think what anybody sees in them.”
  5. “Never laugh at live dragons!”
  6. “The road goes ever on and on.”
  7. “If ever you are passing my way. Don’t wait to knock! Tea is at four, but any of you are welcome at any time!”
  8. “Your lullaby would waken a drunken goblin!”
  9. “I like visitors, but I usually get to know them before they visit.”
  10. “I do believe the worst is behind us!”

The Hobbit Quotes: Gandalf

Gandalf The Hobbit Quotes
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  1. “Home is now behind you, the world is ahead!”
  2. “Surely you don’t disbelieve the prophecies just because you helped them come about. You don’t really suppose do you that all your adventures and escapes were managed by mere luck? Just for your sole benefit? You’re a very fine person, Mr. Baggins, and I’m quite fond of you. But you are really just a little fellow, in a wide world after all.”
  3. “Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not, or that you feel good this morning, or that it is a morning to be good on?”  
  4. “The world is not in your books and maps, it’s out there.”
  5. “I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone.”
  6. “There is a lot more in Bilbo than you guess, and a deal more than he has any idea of himself.”
  7. “It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations if you live near him.”
  8. “May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails, and the moon walks.”
  9. “True courage is knowing not how to take a life, but when to spare it.”
  10. “I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay.”
  11. “Well, he could! In the Battle of Greenfields, he charged the Goblin ranks. He swung his club so hard it knocked the Goblin King’s head cleaned off and it sailed a hundred yards through the air and went down a rabbit hole. And thus the battle was won and the game of golf invented at the same time.”
  12. You’ve been sitting quietly for far too long!”

Other Great The Hobbit Quotes & Conversations

The Hobbit Quotes
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  1. “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat. It was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.” — Narrator
  2. “There is nothing like looking if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” — Thorin
  3. Thorin: “I’m sorry I doubted you.”
    Bilbo: “No, I would have doubted me too.”
  4. “There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” — Thorin
  5. “Now it is a strange thing, but things that are good to have and days that are good to spend are soon told about, and not much to listen to; while things are uncomfortable, palpitating, and even gruesome, may make a good tale, and take a deal of telling, anyway.” — Narrator
  6. “And what would you do, if an uninvited dwarf came and hung his things up in your hall without a word of explanation?” — Narrator
  7. “Everything tastes like chicken, except chicken itself.” — William Troll
  8. “Loyalty, honor, and a willing heart. I can ask no more than that.” — Thorin
  9. “Nor will I be responsible for his fate.” — Thorin
  10. “I can’t just go running off into the blue. I’m a Baggins of bag end!” — Bilbo
  11. (Talking about Radagast) “It is his excessive consumption of mushrooms. They have addled his brain and yellowed his teeth!” — Saruman
  12. “Do you smell it? The scent of fear.” — Azog
  13. “All good stories deserve embellishment!” — Gandalf
  14. “Frodo, although I must admit I have told you the truth, I might not have told you all of it.” — Bilbo
  15. “And now leave me in peace for a bit! I don’t want to answer a string of questions while I am eating. I want to think!” — J.R.R. Tolkein
  16. “Thrór’s love of gold had grown too fierce. A sickness had begun to grow within him. It was a sickness of the mind. And where sickness thrives bad things will follow.” — Bilbo