Thank you to Curly Girl Abroad for nominating me for the Three Day Quote Challenge! Y’all should check out her travel blog. Her photos are amazing and she has great travel tips!
Rules for the Quote Challenge
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog post.
- Post 1-3 quotes a day for 3 consecutive days.
- Nominate 3 bloggers each day.
Today’s quote comes from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
“As all things come to an end, even this story, a day came at last when they were in sight of the country where Bilbo had been born and bred, where the shapes of the land and of the trees were as well known to him as his hands and toes. Coming to a rise he could see his own hill in the distance, and he stopped suddenly and said:
‘Roads go ever ever on,
Over rock and under tree,
By caves where never sun has shone,
By streams that never find the sea;
Over snow by winter sown,
And through the merry flowers of June,
Over grass and over stone,
And under mountains in the moon.
Roads go ever ever on
Under cloud and under star,
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
Eyes that fire and sword have seen
And horror in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows green
And trees and hills they long have known.’
Gandalf looked at him. “My dear, Bilbo!” he said. “Something is the matter with you! You are not the hobbit that you were.”
–The Hobbit, Chapter XIX: The Last Stage, by J.R.R Tolkien
I love this quote. Whenever I re-read The Hobbit I get so caught up in the journey of the story, there and back, that when I come upon this quote at the end it is a nice reminder to reflect on how circumstances change. I think about all the times I have moved on from some place or a job to something new. Goodbyes are tough for me because I keep thinking about how the time for this experience has passed and the feeling won’t be the same again. Moving away from somewhere is sad because the people you leave behind will change or move themselves and the place will change with new places opening up and old haunts closing down. It is the same with leaving a job. At each job I have left it is the people that I miss. I know most likely we won’t work together again and I try to take a mental snapshot of my time there.
Today I would like to nominate:
You don’t have to participate, but I hope you will accept the challenge. Let me know in the comments if you do because I would love to check out your quotes! Look out for two more posts tomorrow and the day after. What do you think of this J.R.R. Tolkien quote?