Top Ten Quotes From Tolkien’s ‘The Two Towers’

Sixty-six years ago today, J.R.R. Tolkien’s second installment of his The Lord of the Rings epic fantasy series, The Two Towers, was published. For many fans of this iconic trilogy, this sequel to The Fellowship of the Ring is a favorite of the three novels. At this point in the war of the ring, the journey to vanquish it is well underway, the fellowship has separated into their designated arenas of action and drama, and the famous Battle of Helms Deep bursts forth from the page. Yet, not only do the events of this novel spur such passion and intrigue; the characters words are just as powerful as their actions. To celebrate the anniversary of its publication, we’ve prepared for you a list of the top ten quotes from The Two Towers:

 

 

1. “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

 

 

2. “He stands not alone. You would die before your stroke fell.” – Legolas

3. “We meet again, at the turn of the tide. A great storm is coming, but the tide has turned.” – Gandalf

 

 

 

4. “If you took this thing on yourself, unwilling, at others’ asking, then you have pity and honour from me. And I marvel at you: to keep it hid and not to use it. You are a new people and a new world to me. Are all your kin of like sort? Your land must be a realm of peace and content, and there must gardners be in high honor.” – Faramir

 

5. “I’ve lived a very long, long time; so my name is like a story. Real names tell you the story of things they belong to in my language, in the Old Entish as you might say. It is a lovely language, but it takes a very long time saying anything in it, because we do not say anything in it, unless it is worth taking a long time to say, and to listen to.” – Treebeard

 

 

 

6. “Don’t leave me here alone! It’s your Sam calling. Don’t go where I can’t follow!” – Samwise Gamgee

 

7. “In this phial is caught the light of Eärendil’s star, set amid the waters of my fountain. It will shine still brighter when night is about you. May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.” – Galadriel

 

 

8. “I am Aragorn, son of Arathorn, and am called Elessar, the Elfstone, Dúnadan, the heir of Isildur Elendil’s son of Gondor. Here is the Sword that was Broken and is forged again! Will you aid me or thwart me? Choose swiftly!” – Aragorn

 

9. “Of course, it is likely enough, my friends,’ he said slowly, ‘likely enough that we are going to our doom: the last march of the Ents. But if we stayed home and did nothing, doom would find us anyway, sooner or later. That thought has long been growing in our hearts; and that is why we are marching now. It was not a hasty resolve. Now at least the last march of the Ents may be worth a song.” – Treebeard

 

 

10. “It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t 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.” – Samwise Gamgee

 

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