03 February 2011

The Real Battle

It was at this point that Bilbo stopped. Going on from there was the bravest thing he ever did. The tremendous things that happened afterwards were as nothing compared to it.

He fought the real battle in the tunnel alone, before he ever saw the vast danger that lay in wait.
--J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, p. 193

1 comment:

Gavin Ortlund said...

great quote! I had forgotten about that one.