‘”In one thing you have not changed, dear friend”, said Aragorn: “You still speak in riddles”.

“What? In riddles?” said Gandalf. “No! For I was talking aloud to myself. A habit of the old: they choose the wisest person present to speak to; the long explanations needed by the young are wearying”. He laughed, but the sound now seemed warm and kindly as a gleam of sunshine.’

The Two Towers, Chapter V: ‘The White Rider’.

3 thoughts on “Tolkienisms

  1. Erika Baker

    He probably did! Wise people usually do. And they often have a great sense of humour.
    But isn’t it also true that the wiser one becomes the shorter the explanations, the greater a different kind of understanding?

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