My familie name is Bijlmakers, which means Axe maker. I expect that in the past my family has been making axes, but I have no idea how long ago this could have been. The oldest “Axemaker” in my family tree is Joost BIJLMECKERS who lived around the year 1600. But probably my family name originated in the stone age.
Here is a collection of proverbs and quotes with axes.
Some of these were found in the Bible.
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A beautiful woman is like an axe in one’s life.
A blacksmith has no need of an axe.
A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.
A little axe can cut down a big tree.
A razor may be sharper than an axe, but it cannot cut wood.
All our lauded technological progress, our very civilization, is like the axe in the hand of the pathological criminal.
An axe without a shaft is no threat to the forest.
And many strokes though with a little axe hew down and fell the hardest-timbered oak.
And where the offence is, let the great axe fall.
Aragorn: “You have my sword.”
Legolas: “And you have my bow.”
Gimli: “And my axe.”
From the film: Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Behind him where the walls were nearest could dimly be seen coats of mail, helms and axes, swords and spears hanging; and there in rows stood great jars and vessels filled with a wealth that could not be guessed.
The Hobbit – Chapter 12 – Inside Information
Careful, careful, careful with that axe, Eugene.
Careful With That Axe, Eugene
(Pink Floyd lyrics)
Do not remove a fly from your friend’s forehead with a hatchet.
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend’s forehead.
Don’t use an axe to do embroidery.
Each one of his folk was clad in a hauberk of steel mail that hung to his knees, and his legs were covered with hose of a fine and flexible metal mesh, …
In battle they wielded heavy two-handed mattocks; but each of them had also a short broad sword at his side and a round shield slung at his back. Their beards were forked and plaited and thrust into their belts. Their caps were of iron and they were shod with iron, and their faces were grim.
The Hobbit – Chapter 17 – The Clouds Burst
About the dwarves of Dain
Even the highest tree has an axe waiting at its foot.
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
Hammers, axes, swords, daggers, pickaxes, tongs, and also instruments of torture, they make very well, or get other people to make to their design, prisoners and slaves that have to work till they die for want of air and light.
The Hobbit – Chapter 4 – Over Hill and Under Hill
He laughed a great rolling laugh, put down his axe and came forward.
The Hobbit – Chapter 7 – Queer Lodgings
He who sits in the shade won’t take an axe to the tree.
If I had five minutes to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first three sharpening my axe.
If the axe is not sharp, it doesn’t matter how hard the wood is.
If you are eager to be in the shadow, leave your axe at home.
If you are going into the wood — don’t leave your axe at home.
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Drawings by: Warren Mahy in: Gary Russell: “The Lord of the Rings in beeld en ontwerp”. Uitgeverij M, 2002.