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.
Total found: 48
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 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.
If you are the big, big tree, we are the small axe, ready to cut you down!
Little strokes fell great oaks.
(Make a big task easier by dividing it in small parts.)
Make a friend of the wolf, but keep your axe ready.
Many enter the wood without an axe.
Mistrust is an axe in the tree of love.
Outside the ring of dancing warriors with spears and axes stood the wolves at a respectful distance, watching and waiting.
The Hobbit – Chapter 6 – Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire
Royal indeed did Thorin look, clad in a coat of gold-plated rings, with a silver-hafted axe in a belt crusted with scarlet stones.
The Hobbit – Chapter 13 – Not 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.