Wisdom from Hobbits and Elves.

Hunter and I have a favourite part of the morning- when we sit for 15 minutes and read The Lord of the Rings. I’ve found a lot of deep wisdom in the pages and use it as a teaching moment. (Cuz, homeschooling…but, also, fun discussions).

It leads to a lot of philosophical conversations with Hunter.

And I LOVE that.

Maybe your kids will take something different from the pages, but that’s what makes LOTR so amazing- every person may have a different experience with it. My opinion is that J.K Rowling was HEAVILY influenced by J.R.R. Tolkien’s work. If you’re a fan of Harry Potter and haven’t read J.R.R Tolkien yet, I recommend it. BUT- Start with The Hobbit. Very essential, in my mind.

This was my grandfather’s copy of the book that he gifted to me when I graduated high school.

Hunter and I have set aside our favourite quotes and I thought I would share each as a printable, so that you can print them out and use them as inspiration….for you OR your kids- or both. (heehee)

One of our favourite quotes is from the first part of LOTR, and spoken by an elf, Gildor:

“Elves seldom give unguarded advice,

For advice is a dangerous gift,

Even from the wise to the wise,

And all courses may run ill.” 

Spoken by Elf Lord, Gildor,
The Lord of the Rings: Part One, The Fellowship of the Ring
By J.R.R Tolkien

And, of course, Gandalf is forever wise and stated an opinion that launched a conversation about the death sentence and fairness in punishment:

“Many that live deserve death.

And some that die deserve life.

Can you give it to them?

Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the wise cannot see all ends.”

Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings: Part One, The Fellowship of the Ring
By J.R.R. Tolkien

Here are the printable versions, plus one more quote by Lord Gildor:

Have you read LOTR? What’s your fave character?



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