40 Hobbit Quotes To Inspire Your Next Adventure

quotes from The Hobbit

Whenever I suffer from travel hesitation (which happens quite a lot these days), I go back to these hobbit quotes. These hobbit quotes give me motivation. They spur my inner need for adventure. I’ve said it once before and I’ll say it again, The Hobbit allows my Tookish side to take over, to overwhelm me, to make me crave movement.

Early twenty-something Anshula had itchy feet. Mid-twenty-something Anshula has idle feet and cozy slippers that she slips neatly into a shoe closet. She’s regained her childhood love of books. She’s put together. She knows how to cook (and has an alarmingly large cookbook collection)!

Needless to say, I’ve become a homebody.

But these hobbit quotes make me forget about my hobbit-ish ways and my hobbit-ish life. If you’re looking for a sign to go on the journey of a lifetime (even if it’s in your own backyard), this is it.

Here are forty hobbit quotes to inspire your next adventure!

P.S. This is the specific edition of The Hobbit that I own. All of the page numbers included are in relation to this edition.

28 Hobbit Quotes To Inspire Your Next Adventure

reluctance to adventure Hobbit quotes by Bilbo Baggins
  • “There is little or no magic about them, except the ordinary everyday sort…” – Narrator (about hobbits, pg. 4)
  • “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.” – Bilbo Baggins (pg. 6)
  • “And you do know my name, though you don’t remember that I belong to it.” – Gandalf (pg. 6)
  • “I will go so far as to send you on this adventure. Very amusing for me, very good for you – and profitable too, very likely, if you ever get over it.” – Gandalf (pg. 7)
this is what wanting to go on an adventure feels like, a quote by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • “The dark filled all the room, and the fire died down, and the shadows were lost, and still they played on. And suddenly first one then another began to sing as they played, deep-throated singing of the dwarves in the deep places of their ancient homes.” – Narrator (pg. 14)
  • “As they sang the hobbit felt the love of beautiful things made by hands and by cunning and by magic moving through him, a fierce and a jealous love, the desire of the hearts of dwarves.” – Narrator (pg. 16)
  • “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” – Narrator (pg. 16)
  • “Then Mr. Baggins turned the handle and went in. The Took side had won. He suddenly felt he would go without bed and breakfast to be thought fierce. As for little fellow bobbing on the mat it almost made him really fierce.” – Narrator (pg. 18)
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adventure quotes from the Hobbit
  • “To the end of his days Bilbo could never remember how he found himself outside, without a hat, a walking-stick or any money, or anything that he usually took when he went out; leaving his second breakfast half-finished and quite unwashed-up, pushing his keys into Gandalf’s hands, and running as fast as his furry feet could carry him down the lane, past the great Mill, across The Water, and then on for a mile or more.” – Narrator (pg. 28)
  • “Where did you go to, if I may ask?” said Thorin to Gandalf as they rode along. / “To look ahead,” said he. / “And what brought you back in the nick of time?” / “Looking behind,” said he. (pg. 42)
  • “Is that The Mountain?” asked Bilbo in a solemn voice, looking at it with round eyes. He had never seen such a thing that looked so big before. “Of course not!” said Balin. “That is only the beginning…” – Balin (pg. 43)
  • “Now they rode away amid songs of farewell and good speed, with their hearts ready for more adventure, and with a knowledge of the road they must follow over the Misty Mountains to the land beyond.” – Narrator (pg. 51)
Hobbit quotes by Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit
  • “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something.” – Thorin Oakenshield (pg. 55)
  • “You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” – Narrator (pg. 55)
  • “Go back?” he thought. “No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!” – Bilbo Baggins (pg. 66)
  • “Farewell!” they cried, “wherever you fare, till your eyries receive you at the journey’s end!” – Eagles (pg. 106)
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Hobbit quotes by Tolkien
  • “Do we really have to go through?” groaned the hobbit. “Yes, you do!” said the wizard, “if you want to get to the other side. You must either go through or give up your quest. And I am not going to allow you to back out now, Mr. Baggins. I am ashamed of you for thinking of it…” – Gandalf (pg. 128)
  • “There are no safe paths in this part of the world.” – Gandalf (pg. 129)
  • “Already he was a very different hobbit from the one that had run out without a pocket-handkerchief from Bag-End long ago. He had not had a pocket-handkerchief for ages.” – Narrator (pg. 196)
  • “Going from there was the bravest thing he ever did.” – Narrator (pg. 197)
Never laugh at live dragons quote from The Hobbit
  • “Never laugh at live dragons, Bilbo, you fool!” he said to himself, and it became a favorite saying of his later, and passed into a proverb. “You aren’t nearly through this adventure yet,” he added, and that was pretty true as well. – Bilbo Baggins (pg. 209)
  • “Come, come!” he said. “While there’s life there’s hope!” – Bilbo Baggins (pg. 214)
  • “It was a terrible battle. The most dreadful of all Bilbo’s experiences, and the one which at the time he hated most – which is to say it was the one he was most proud of, and most fond of recalling long afterwards, although he was quite unimportant in it.” – Narrator (pg. 257)
  • “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” – Thorin Oakenshield (pg. 263)
Hobbit quotes by Gandalf from the book
  • “May you ever appear where you are most needed and least expected!” – Elvenking (pg. 267)
  • “There is a long road yet,” said Gandalf. / “But it is the last road,” said Bilbo. (pg. 272)
  • Gandalf looked at him. “My dear Bilbo!” he said. “Something is the matter with you! You are not the hobbit that you were.” (pg. 274)
  • “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!” – Gandalf (pg. 276)
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12 Hobbit Movie Quotes To Inspire Your Next Adventure

first line of The Hobbit movie
  • “My dear Frodo, you asked me once if I had told you everything there was to know about my adventures. And while I can honestly say I’ve told you the truth, I may not have told you all of it. I am old, Frodo. I am not the same hobbit as I once was. It is time for you to know what really happened.” – Bilbo Baggins
  • “I’m looking for someone to share in an adventure.” – Gandalf
  • “No. No. No – Wait – We do not want any adventures here, thank you. Not today.” – Bilbo Baggins
  • “I’m going on an adventure!” – Bilbo Baggins
Hobbit quotes by Bilbo from movie
  • “Can you promise that I’ll come back?”- Bilbo Baggins / “No. And if you do, you will not be the same.” – Gandalf
  • “The world is not in your books and maps. It is out there.” – Gandalf
  • “Look, I know you doubt me, I know you always have. And you’re right. I often think of Bag End. I miss my books. And my armchair. And my garden. See, that’s where I belong. That’s home. That’s why I came back, cause you don’t have one. A home. It was taken from you. But I will help you take it back if I can.” – Bilbo Baggins
  • “True courage is not knowing how to take life, but when to spare it.” – Gandalf
Hobbit quotes by Gandalf from movie
  • “Loyalty, honor, a willing heart, I can ask for no more than that.”- Thorin Oakenshield
  • “One day it’ll grow. And every time I look at it, I’ll remember. Remember everything that happened: the good, the bad… and how lucky I am that I made it home.” – Bilbo Baggins
  • “Home is now behind you. The world is ahead.” – Gandalf
  • “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.” – Gandalf
sincerely anshula

Did you enjoy these Hobbit quotes on adventure? What are your favorite Hobbit quotes? Let me know in the comments below! As always, I love hearing from you.

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