• 'Celtic' is a magic bag, into which anything may be put, and out of which almost anything may come. Anything is possible in the fabulous Celtic twilight, which is not so much a twilight of the gods as of the reason.

    "English and Welsh". Lecture at the University of Oxford on October 21, 1955. "The Monsters and the Critics, and Other Essays". Book edited by Christopher Tolkien, 1983.