Favorite LOTR Quotes

LadyLegolas
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Favorite LOTR Quotes

Post#1 » Sun Dec 14, 2008 4:54 pm

Do you have a specific LOTR quote that you love? Or perhaps several? Please share!

I always liked: 'The strongest must seek a way, say you? But I say: let a ploughman plough, but choose an otter for swimming, and for running light over grass and leaf, or over snow - an Elf.' ~Legolas, FOTR, The Ring Goes South

I'm not really sure why...I just do. :D

*Oh, and I do not like Legolas simply because he is played by Orlando Bloom. I decided he would be my favorite before I even knew who O.B. was! :)*

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Post#2 » Sun Dec 14, 2008 6:29 pm

I have many (a ridiculous number, really), but the top three that immediately come to mind are:

" '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 to us.' " (The Fellowship of the Ring)

" 'Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.' " - Gandalf (The Fellowship of the Ring)

"Far above the Ephal Duath in the west, the night-sky was still dim and pale. There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear an cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty forever beyond its reach." (The Return of the King).

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Post#3 » Sun Dec 14, 2008 7:32 pm

I think that third one is my favorite, Luthien. Every single time I read it, I want to cry.

Here are my other favorites:
From the book:
"A nice pickle we have landed ourselves in, Mr. Frodo!" -Sam (The Fellowship of the Ring)
"No! You have conquered. Few have gained such a victory. Be at peace! Minas Tirith shall not fall!"
or as it is said in the movie:
"I do not know what strength is in my blood. But I swear to you I will not let the White City fall. Nor our people fail." - Aragorn (The Two Towers)
"And the ship went out into the High Sea and passed on into the West, until at last on a night of rain Frodo smelled a sweet fragrance on the air and heard the sound of singing that came over the water. It seemed to him that as in his dream in the house of Bombadil, they grey rain-curtain turned all to silver glass and was rolled back, and he beheld white shores and beyond them a far green country under a swift sunrise."

I think my favorite quotes from the movie are:
"Farwell: my brave hobbits. Here at last, on the shores of the sea, comes the end of our fellowship. I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil." - Gandalf (The Return of the King)
"How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on, when in your heart, you begin to understand, there is no going back? There are some things that time cannot mend, some hurts that go too deep, that have taken hold." -Frodo (The Return of the King)

And, of course, from both the book and the movie:
"Well, I'm back." -Sam (The Return of the King)

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Barrel the pony
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Post#4 » Mon Dec 15, 2008 7:17 am

From the book:
1."Welcome, my lords, to Isengard!" he said. "We are the doorwardens. Meriadoc, son of Sadoc is my name; and my companion, who, alas! is overcome with weariness' - here he gave the other a dig with his foot - "is Peregrin, son of Paladin, of the house of Took. Far in the North is our home. The Lord Saruman is within; but at the moment he is closeted with one Wormtongue, or doubtless he would be here to welcome such honourable guests."
"Doubtless he would!" laughed Gandalf. "And was it Saruman that ordered you to guard his damaged doors, and watch for the arrival of guests, when your attention could be spared from plate and bottle?"
"No, good sir, the matter escaped him," answered Merry gravely. "He has been much occupied. Our orders came from Treebeard, who has taken over the management of Isengard. He commanded me to welcome the Lord of Rohan with fitting words. I have done my best."
2. 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.
3. "Think you that Wormtongue had poison only for Theoden's ears? 'Dotard! What is the house of Eorl but a thatched barn where brigands drink in the reek, and their brats roll on the floor among the dogs?' Have you not heard these words before? Saruman spoke them, the teacher of Wormtongue. Though I do not doubt that Wormtongue at home wrapped their meaning in terms more cunning. My lord, if your sister's love for you, and her will still bent to her duty, had not restrained her lips, you might have heard even things as these escape them. But who knows what she spoke to the darkness, alone, in the bitter watches of the night, when all her life seemed shrinking, and the walls of her bower closing in about her, a hutch to trammel some wild thing in?"

From the movie:
1. "Fell deeds awake! Now for wrath, now for ruin, and the red dawn! Forth, Eorlingas!"
2. "Forward, and fear no darkness! Rise! Arise, riders of Theoden! Shields shall be shaken! Spears shall be splintered! A sword day, a red day, as the sun rises! DEATH!"
3. "I dreamed I saw a great wave climbing over green lands and above the hills. I stood upon the break. It was utterly dark in the abyss before my feet. A light shone behind me, but I could not turn. I could only stand there, waiting."

Luthien
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Post#5 » Mon Dec 15, 2008 12:17 pm

Beren: The "shores of the sea" quote is also in the book, and I agree; it's lovely.
Barrel the Pony: #1 & 2 are also in the book (I think), though in slightly different forms, perhaps, and very possibly in different places in the course of the story. I'm not sure about #3--at any rate, I'm pretty sure that it's not something Eowyn says.

One of the things that makes the movies wonderful, really, is the immense amount of stuff they quoted directly from The Lord of the Rings and its appendices. They may have moved quotes around, and sometimes put them in other people's mouths, but, in using so many quotes, they preserved, in the movies, the book itself.

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Barrel the pony
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Post#6 » Mon Dec 15, 2008 4:23 pm

No, it's actually Faramir's dream.

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Post#7 » Sat Dec 20, 2008 1:30 am

And I also like the bit where Elrond's talking to Arwen about her life after Aragorn against the image of her standing, her face veiled, beside Aragorn's tomb. Can't remember the exact words. And I like the old Rohirrim poem that Theoden recites, also adapted from the book where Aragorn says something similar.
Where is the horse and the rider, where is the horn that was blowing
They have passed like rain on the mountain, like wind in the meadow
Aragorn's version is longer.
Basically, most of the lines that I like in the film come from the book, but it's the way they are delivered.

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Post#8 » Mon Dec 29, 2008 12:37 pm

One word, plain and simple.

"Death"

As shouted by the Rohirim at the Battle of the Pelenor fields. Book or movie, both were powerful.

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Post#9 » Mon Dec 29, 2008 12:42 pm

Another to add, the full version of my signature. Comes not from movie or film but direct from Tolkien.

"I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done so since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence. I much prefer history, true or feigned, with its varied applicability to the thought and experience of readers. I think that many confuse 'applicability' with 'allegory'; but the one resides in the freedom of the reader, and the other in the purposed domination of the author."

This is why I will accept that WWI and WWII influenced much of LotR, I will not accept direct correlations between the two.

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Post#10 » Mon Dec 29, 2008 3:55 pm

Show, why do you think "Death!" (shouted by the Rhohirrim) is significant? Somebody said, in one of the the LOTR DVD documentaries, that death is the theme of the book. Tolkien says it somewhere. I know it's significant, but I am not entirely sure why. There is something important about elves living forever but not having anything (that they know of) beyond this world, and men dying young and being fragile, but having the secret "gift" of what happens after death. Spill what you know, please. :)

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