Tolkien or Not? Quiz

All you have to decide with the quotations that are here given to you, is whether or not they were written by J. R. R. Tolkien.  More than half of them are his, but I won't tell you exactly how many.  But I will tell you that I got his quotations from his books, not from the movies, so they are truly Tolkien's writing. 

Put your guesses in the comments, which are on "moderation" and won't appear instantly (so no one can cheat off each other).  I'll post the answers and all your scores at the end of the week.

1.  In doubt, a man of worth will trust to his own wisdom.

2.  I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.

3.  To be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.

4.  Help oft shall come from the hands of the weak when the wise falter.

5.  When heads are at a loss, bodies must serve.

6.  I will not trust in my bow, nor shall my sword save me.

7.  There are some things that it is better to begin than to refuse, even though the end may be dark.

8.  We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.

9.  If you have walked all these days with closed ears and mind asleep, wake up now!

10.  If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.


  1. #1 - No, not Tolkien but it sounds like it though.

    #2 - Yes, Tolkien, I remember reading this.

    #3 - No.

    #4 - Yes.

    #5 - No.

    #6 - Yes. I think.

    #7 - Yes, I had this quote in my tag answer.

    #8 - No.

    #9 - No.

    #10 - Yes.

    I mostly guessed these. I think most people quote from the movies which I thought is a bit sad because some of those quotes are not in the books.

    Have a lovely day.

  2. Not a Tolkien expert, but I'm pretty sure #8 is from Jane Austen. (Mansfield Park, perhaps?)

  3. 1. Not Tolkien
    2. Tolkien
    3. Not Tolkien
    4. Tolkien
    5. Tolkien (I think Boromir says this!)
    6. Not Tolkien
    7. Tolkien
    8. Jane Austen =)
    9. Tolkien
    10. Tolkien

  4. I think that only 3, 6, and 8 are not from somewhere in Tolkien's books, mostly Lord of the Ring.
    6 is from a Psalm, the other two I do not know. I'm in two minds about No. 1, but it's written like Tolkien even if the message is uncharacteristic.

  5. Oh, nice quotes! It's been a while since I last read Tolkien's books but I will try my best:

    1. Tolkien.
    2. Tolkien.
    3. Not Tolkien.
    4. Tolkien.
    5. Tolkien.
    6. Tolkien.
    7. Tolkien.
    8. Not Tolkien.
    9. Tolkien.
    10. Tolkien.

  6. 1. no
    2. yes
    3. no
    4. yes
    5. no
    6. yes
    7. yes
    8. no
    9. yes
    10. yes


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