The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins quotes

Lately, I’ve been taking a lot of inspiration from our dear Bilbo, especially when it comes to bravery, travel and leaving the comforts of home. In Tolkien’s works, we often think of Gandalf as being the one to hand out lessons and words of wisdom (which he certainly does!), but Bilbo has his own quiet inspiration to offer as well. Here are some quotes and moments in The Hobbit that I find wisdom in. Enjoy!



Two simple truths:

“So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.”

“Where there’s life there’s hope.”


On embracing the spirit of adventure:

“Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.”

“There are no safe paths in this part of the world. Remember you are over the Edge of the Wild now, and in for all sorts of fun wherever you go.”


The Hobbit, Tolkien, Smaug


A couple solid pieces of advice to keep in mind:

“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.”

“Never laugh at live dragons, Bilbo you fool!”


A little perspective on what makes a good story:

“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 that are uncomfortable, palpitating, and even gruesome, may make a good tale, and take a deal of telling anyway.”


Thorin quote, The Hobbit, Tolkien


Staying grateful for what truly matters:

“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.”


Gandalf on staying humble:

“Surely you don’t disbelieve the prophecies, because you had a hand in bringing them about yourself? You don’t really suppose, do you, that all your adventures and escapes were managed by mere luck, just for your sole benefit? You are a very fine person, Mr. Baggins, and I am very fond of you; but you are only quite a little fellow in a wide world after all!”


The Hobbit pocket deluxe edition



A practical assessment of one’s options:

“Go back?” he thought. “No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!” So up he got, and trotted along with his little sword held in front of him and one hand feeling the wall, and his heart all of a patter and a pitter.”


Well wishes for a safe journey:

“May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.”


The Shire Frostbeard candle, The Hobbit, Tolkien


A reminder about the importance of the little things:

“Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps because I am afraid, and he gives me courage.”


And, of course:

“The road goes ever on and on…”


Are there any quotes or moments from Bilbo or The Hobbit that you would add to this list? What character have you found inspiration from lately?




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