Sam Gamgee

12 ‘Lord of the Rings’ Quotes for Dark Days

In The Fellowship of the Ring, Lady Galadriel gives Frodo a phial of starlight, “a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out”. While we can’t get our hands on anything like that, words can provide their own kind of light. If our Earth feels dark to you right now, let these words of wisdom and hope from Tolkien’s Middle-Earth brighten your day a little.


“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”

-Haldir, The Fellowship of the Ring


“It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.”

-Sam Gamgee, The Fellowship of the Ring


“Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.”

-Aragorn, The Return of the King


“The brave things in the old tales and songs, Mr. Frodo, adventures, as I used to call them. I used to think that they were things the wonderful folk of the stories went out and looked for, because they wanted them, because they were exciting and life was a bit dull, a kind of a sport, as you might say. But that’s not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have been just landed in them, usually their paths were laid that way, as you put it. But I expect they had lots of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn’t. And if they had, we shouldn’t know, because they’d have been forgotten. We hear about those as just went on, and not all to a good end, mind you; at least not to what folk inside a story and not outside it call a good end. You know, coming home, and finding things all right, though not quite the same; like old Mr Bilbo. But those aren’t always the best tales to hear, though they may be the best tales to get landed in! I wonder what sort of a tale we’ve fallen into?”

-Sam Gamgee, The Two Towers


“Yet such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.”

-Elrond, The Fellowship of the Ring


“Don’t adventures ever have an end? I suppose not. Someone else always has to carry on the story.

-Bilbo Baggins, The Fellowship of the Ring


“I wish it need not have happened in my time,’ said Frodo. ‘So do I,’ said Gandalf, ‘and 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 us.

-Frodo Baggins and Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Ring


“Yet it is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.”

-Gandalf, The Return of the King


“Often does hatred hurt itself!”

-Gandalf, The Two Towers


“War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.”

-Faramir, The Two Towers


“For behold! the storm comes, and now all friends should gather together, lest each singly be destroyed.”

Gandalf, The Two Towers


“Though here at journey’s end I lie
in darkness buried deep,
beyond all towers strong and high,
beyond all mountains steep,
above all shadows rides the Sun
and Stars for ever dwell:
I will not say the Day is done,
nor bid the Stars farewell.

-Sam Gamgee, The Return of the King

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