‘The Lord of the Rings’ Most Precious Quotes

Say what you will about book adaptations—yes, the book is better about 99% of the time—however, no one can deny the beauty, the thrill, and the wonder of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The beginning of this month marked the release date for the final installment of the trilogy, Return of the King, today is the anniversary of The Twin Towers‘ release date, and on top of that, the 19th is the anniversary of the one that started it all, The Fellowship of the Ring. In honor of these terrific films that, as long as they were, did a fantastic job at capturing the original and beloved books by J. R. Tolkien here are Lord of the Rings quotes that made us love the movies.



And so it begins…


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With a bit of a bumpy start…


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You’re not you when you’re hungry, grab some second breakfast


A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.
– Gandalf the Grey, The Fellowship of the Ring
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[closing Frodo’s hand around the Ring] I would have gone with you to the end, into the very fires of Mordor.
-Aragorn, The Fellowship of the Ring
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Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.
-Queen Galadriel, The Fellowship of the Ring
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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.
-Samwise Gamgee
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And who could forget this iconic scene that awed and devastated all of us who were young at the time!



Po-tay-toes! Boil ’em, mash ’em, stick ’em in a stew.
Samwise Gamgee, The Two Towers
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Frodo Baggins: I can not do this, Sam.
Samwise Gamgee: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we should not even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, They Were. And Sometimes you did not want to know the end. Because How Could the end be happy? How Could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, This shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And When the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk In Those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only They Did not. They kept going. Because They Were holding on to something.
Frodo Baggins: What are we holding on to, Sam?
Samwise Gamgee: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo … and it’s worth fighting for.

The Two Towers


A bit of a long quote, but one of the most inspiring speeches in storytelling. All the love for Sam!


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Pippin: I didn’t think it would end this way.
Gandalf: End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path. One that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass… then you see it!
Pippin: What? Gandalf? See what?
Gandalf: White shores… and beyond. A far green country, under a swift sunrise.
Pippin: Well, that isn’t so bad.
Gandalf: No. No, it isn’t.

-Return of the King


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Gimli: I never thought I’d die fighting side-by-side with an elf.
Legolas: What about side-by-side with a friend?
Gimli: Aye, I could do that.

-Return of the King


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Frodo: It’s gone! It’s done!
Sam: Yes, Mr. Frodo. It’s over now.
Frodo: I can see the Shire. The Brandywine River. Bag End. Gandalf’s fireworks, the lights, the party tree.
Sam: Rosie Cotton dancing. She had ribbons in her hair. If ever I was to marry someone… it would have been her. It would have been her!
Frodo: I’m glad to be with you, Samwise Gamgee. Here, at the end of all things

-Return of the King


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Bilbo: I think I’m quite ready for another adventure!

The Return of the King


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