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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If you are the big, big tree, we are the small axe, ready to cut you down!
Janine, Janine, you’d like to crash
But if you take an axe to me
You’ll kill another man
Not me at all
Janine Lyrics (Space Oddity Album)
Let’s bury the hatchet
Wipe out the past
Make love together
Stay on the path
The Rolling Stones
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
People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.
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
Sleep! I feel the need of it. Yet my axe is restless in my hand. Give me a row of orc-necks and room to swing and all weariness will fall from me!
The Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers
Standing near was a huge man with a thick black beard and hair, and great bare arms and legs with knotted muscles. He was clothed in a tunic of wool down to his knees, and was leaning on a large axe.
The Hobbit – Chapter 7 – Queer Lodgings
Swords in these parts are mostly blunt, and axes are used for trees, and
shields as cradles or dish covers; and dragons are comfortably far off, and
The Hobbit – Chapter 1 – An Unexpected Party
Teacher: “George Washington not only chopped down his father’s Cherry tree, but also admitted doing it. Now do you know why his father didn’t punish him?”
Student: “Because George still had the axe in his hand.”
Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.
The axe falls first upon a straight tree.
The axe forgets what the tree remembers.
The axe forgets, but the log does not.
The sandal tree perfumes the axe that fells it.
The tree makes shafts for axes.
There in the shadows on a large flat stone sat a tremendous goblin with a
huge head, and armed goblins were standing round him carrying the axes and
the bent swords that they use.
The Hobbit – Chapter 4 – Over Hill and Under Hill
There indeed lay Thorin Oakenshield, wounded with many wounds, and his rent armour and notched axe were cast upon the floor.
The Hobbit – Chapter 18 – The Return Journey
This lot keep gabbling in Gobbledegook … and I only know one word of Gobbledegook. Bladvak. It means ‘pickax.’ I don’t like to use it in case they think I’m threatening them.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Thorin wielded his axe with mighty strokes, and nothing seemed to harm him.
The Hobbit – Chapter 17 – The Clouds Burst
About Thorin fighting.
Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms.
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Drawings by: Warren Mahy in: Gary Russell: “The Lord of the Rings in beeld en ontwerp”. Uitgeverij M, 2002.