The Lord of the Rings trilogy – the books and films – are eminently quotable. It seems like there’s a line for every occasion, be it sad or lighthearted, and some of them are just fun or beautiful. Narrowing the list of favorites down to ten is not an easy feat, but I managed! As you know, all quotes are penned by J.R.R. Tolkien but I’m crediting the character who spoke the line when appropriate. Check them out after the break.
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,” he used to say. “You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.” – Frodo, remembering what Bilbo told him.
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” – Gandalf
“It comes in pints?” – Pippin
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
“Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.”
“May it be a light for you in dark places, when all other lights go out.” – Galadriel
“I had thought of putting: and he lived happily ever afterwards to the end of his days. It is a good ending, and none the worse for having been used before. Now I shall have to alter that: it does not look like coming true.” – Bilbo
“The praise of the praiseworthy is above all rewards.” – Faramir
“Where will wants not, a way opens.” – Eowyn
“Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends.” – Gandalf
Tell us your favorite quotes from Middle Earth!
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