[18.054] ‘So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their ending!’ said Bilbo, and he turned his back on his adventure.
[12.077] as bare as a snail out of its shell!
[13.028] Now what on earth or under it has happened?
[12.080] ‘Never laugh at live dragons, Bilbo you fool!’ he said to himself, and it became a favourite saying of his later, and passed into a proverb.
[12.020] It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.
[09.055] you cannot count friends that are all packed up in barrels.
[06.051] ‘What shall we do, what shall we do!’ he cried. ‘Escaping goblins to be caught by wolves!’ he said, and it became a proverb, though we now say ‘out of the frying-pan into the fire’ in the same sort of uncomfortable situations.
Richard Blackwelder collected some of his favorite wise sayings in “Tolkien Phraseology”, a booklet companion to his thesaurus. In honor of his method, I will share a few tidbits I found as I meandered this path.
[05.008] Hobbits are not quite like ordinary people; … they have a fund of wisdom and wise sayings that men have mostly never heard or have forgotten long ago.
Blackwelder, Richard E. Tolkien Phraseology: A Companion to A Tolkien Thesaurus Tolkien Archives Fund, Marquette University, 1990. Print.