It’s been over 20 years since Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy kicked off with The Fellowship of the Ring. Since then, it’s inspired countless memes that are still hilarious today and continues to captivate audiences.
Not only has the film itself aged well, but so have some lines of dialogue that fans like me still quote on a daily basis. To celebrate our love for The Fellowship of the Ring, we’re revisiting 22 quotes from the movie that, dare we say, might be better than second breakfast.
A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.Gandalf to Frodo, The Fellowship of the Ring
I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.Bilbo to his party guests, The Fellowship of the Ring
My dear Frodo. Hobbits really are amazing creatures. You can learn all there is to know about their ways in a month, and yet after a hundred years they can still surprise you.Gandalf to Frodo, The Fellowship of the Ring
Sam: If I take one more step, it’ll be the farthest away from home I’ve ever been.
Frodo: Come on, Sam. Remember what Bilbo used to say: “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”Sam and Frodo, The Fellowship of the Ring
I made a promise, Mr Frodo. A promise — “Don’t you leave him Samwise Gamgee.” And I don’t mean to. I don’t mean to.Sam to Frodo, The Fellowship of the Ring
Aragorn: Gentlemen, we do not stop ’til nightfall.
Pippin: What about breakfast?
Aragorn: You’ve already had it.
Pippin: We’ve had one, yes. What about second breakfast?
[Aragorn turns and walks away]
Merry: I don’t think he knows about second breakfast, Pip.
Pippin: What about elevenses? Luncheon? Afternoon tea? Dinner? Supper? He knows about them, doesn’t he?
Merry: I wouldn’t count on it.Aragorn, Pippin, and Merry, The Fellowship of the Ring
One does not simply walk into Mordor. Its Black Gates are guarded by more than just Orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep, and the Great Eye is ever watchful. It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire and ash and dust, the very air you breathe is a poisonous fume. Not with ten thousand men could you do this. It is folly.Boromir to the Council of Elrond, The Fellowship of the Ring
Anyways, you need people of intelligence on this sort of… mission… quest… thing.Pippin to Elrond, The Fellowship of the Ring
It is a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt over so small a thing. Such a little thing.Boromir holding the Ring, The Fellowship of the Ring
I have no memory of this place.Gandalf in the Mines of Moria, The Fellowship of the Ring
Frodo: It’s a pity Bilbo didn’t kill him when he had the chance.
Gandalf: Pity? It was pity that stayed Bilbo’s hand. Many that live deserve death. Some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them, Frodo? Do not be too eager to deal out death and judgement. Even the very wise cannot see all ends.Frodo and Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Ring
Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought.Frodo and Gandalf in the Mines of Moria, The Fellowship of the Ring
They have a cave troll.Boromir in the Tomb of Balin, The Fellowship of the Ring
Nobody tosses a Dwarf.Gimli to Aragorn, The Fellowship of the Ring
Go back to the shadows. You shall not pass!Gandalf facing the Balrog, The Fellowship of the Ring
Fly, you fools!Gandalf on the Bridge of Khazad-dûm, The Fellowship of the Ring
In place of a Dark Lord you would have a Queen! Not dark but beautiful and terrible as the Dawn! Treacherous as the Seas! Stronger than the foundations of the Earth! All shall love me and despair!Galadriel to Frodo, The Fellowship of the Ring
Legolas: Lembas! One small bite is enough to fill the stomach of a grown man!
Merry: [to Pippin] How many did you eat?
Pippin: Four.Legolas, Merry, and Pippin, The Fellowship of the Ring
I would have gone with you to the end, into the very fires of Mordor.Aragorn to Frodo, The Fellowship of the Ring
I would have followed you, my brother… my captain… my king.Boromir to Aragorn, The Fellowship of the Ring
Frodo: Go back, Sam. I’m going to Mordor alone.
Sam: Of course you are. And I’m coming with you.The breaking of the Fellowship, The Fellowship of the Ring
We will not abandon Merry and Pippin to torment and death. Not while we have strength left. Leave all that can be spared behind. We travel light. Let’s hunt some Orc.Aragorn to Gimli and Legolas, The Fellowship of the Ring