Tales of Middle-earth
sets out to draw the world. As the years go by, he peoples a space with
images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes,
rooms, instruments, stars, horses, and individuals. A short time before
he dies, he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the
lineaments of his own face.”
~ Jorge Luis Borges, in “Dreamtigers”
“Mr Baggins began as a comic tale among conventional and inconsistent Grimm's fairy-tale dwarves, and got drawn into the edge of it – so that even Sauron the terrible peeped over the edge.” ~ J.R.R.T.
The Lord of the Rings, Le Seigneur des Anneaux, El Señor de los Anillos, Kryezoti i Unazave, Sayyid al-Khawatim, Eraztunen Jauna, Sarbadhipoti Angti, Mo Jie, La Mastro de l’Ringo...
“... and at the end of all Feänor made the Silmarils.
As three great Jewels they were in form. But not until the End, when Fëanor shall return who perished ere the Sun was made, and sits now in the Halls of Awaiting and comes no more among his kin; not until the Sun passes and the Moon falls, shall it be known of what substance they were made.” ~ J.R.R.T.
“It is, I suppose, a tribute to the curious effect that a story has, when based on very elaborate and detailed workings, of geography, chronology, and language, that so many should clamour for sheer ‘information’, or ‘lore’...” ~ J.R.R.T.
“Now it happened on a certain time that a traveller from far countries, a man of great curiosity, was by desire of strange lands and the ways and dwellings of unaccustomed folk brought in a ship as far west even as the Lonely Island, Tol Eressëa in the fairy speech, but which the Gnomes call Dor Faidwen, the Land of Release, and a great tale hangs thereto.” ~ J.R.R.T.
“There are tales of Middle-earth from times long before The Lord of the Rings... In that remote time Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in the vast fortress of Angband, the Hells of Iron, in the North; and the tragedy of Túrin and his sister Niënor unfolded within the shadow of the fear of Angband and the war waged by Morgoth against the lands and secret cities of the Elves...” ~ C.R.T.