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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. <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' />

*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! <img src='/images/smileys/smile.gif' border='0' alt='Smile Smilie' />*
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).
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)
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."
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 [i:3v001pao]The Lord of the Rings[/i:3v001pao] 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.
No, it's actually Faramir's dream.
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.
One word, plain and simple.


As shouted by the Rohirim at the Battle of the Pelenor fields. Book or movie, both were powerful.
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.
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. <img src='/images/smileys/smile.gif' border='0' alt='Smile Smilie' />
[quote="Show":1speti3l]This is why I will accept that WWI and WWII influenced much of LotR, I will not accept direct correlations between the two.[/quote:1speti3l]

I think I'm much like you in this way, Show, but less accepting. Of course, WWI and WWII influenced Tolkien as a person, just as anything that big would influence people. But I'm not sure if it influenced LOTR. In fact, from what Tolkien says,
[quote="Tolkien":1speti3l]The real war does not resemble the legendary war in its process or its conclusion.[/quote:1speti3l]
it seems as if he was trying NOT for the War to influence his work. He was working on the Silmarillion before, during, and after LOTR, and the Silmarillion was wholly independent of the Wars. He wanted to connect LOTR with the Silmarillion, not the Wars.
I concur with your point Beren. Tolkien was quite explicit when asked about the Wars influencing his works. That being said, [b:373d0k1b]his feelings[/b:373d0k1b] about the wars in general no doubt influenced his works.

[b:373d0k1b]Gandalfs Beard[/b:373d0k1b]
Beren and Beard, we are in perfect agreement. The LotR is very applicable to WWI and WWII, but are not allegory. I see the applicability of it because I view the Nazi's as evil and the Allies as good. As peace could be made with the Easternlies after war, so could peace be made between USA and Japan. Is it the same? No, but it can apply.

@ Otto, my reason for choosing death is for the circumstances that they shout it. I'll tackle the book first. The shout of death was begun by Eomer after Theodin fell. It's been a while since I read it, so bear with me. Often in War or Battle, if you kill the head (King) the rest just goes to pieces. Eomer took over in that moment, bringing the Death that the darkness brings to bear and work in his favor.

Now for the movie. Rohan came upon the Pelennor and saw a great, great, great big army laying siege to Minas Tirith. Most rational people would likely turn tale and run. Really there was no hope of victory. The cry of Death was simple and straightforward. The Rohirim knew that they would likely die in this battle, but the battle had to be fought anyway. As Sam said, "Some things are worth fighting for". They accepted their own likely death and brought it to their enemies as well.

Even "Band of Brothers", the HBO mini series set in WWII said something similar. The only way to really accomplish what has to be done in war is to accept the fact that you are already dead. Once you accept that, you are free to do what needs doing.
[quote:2phdb39z]The only way to really accomplish what has to be done in war is to accept the fact that you are already dead. Once you accept that, you are free to do what needs doing.[/quote:2phdb39z]
Oooo...nice. I like that one a lot. Thanks. (We need a "smilies" icon for IMPRESSED)
Yeah Otto's World, Show does that for me Too. Ady can you serve us up afew more smilies?

[b:21sanv9b]Gandalfs Beard[/b:21sanv9b]
I believe this is how it goes
" There will be day when the heart of men will fail,when swords will be broken, when shields will shatter....but it not this day" -Aragorn at the last battle near the gates of Mordor.

love LotR. love it
Good one Arwen. I know there is much more to it, but I need to go rewatch to get it all. He works the word fellowship into the speech as I recall.

Another one for the list. "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."
Here's the full quote:
"A day may come when the courage of men fails. When we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship. But it is not this day. An hour of wolves, and shattered shields, when the age of men comes [i:nv1kalxh]crashing[/i:nv1kalxh] down, but it [b:nv1kalxh]is not this day![/b:nv1kalxh] This day we FIGHT! By all that you hold dear, on this good earth, I bid you STAND! [b:nv1kalxh]Men of the West!![/b:nv1kalxh]"
Hey Show, I could only think of that quote when McCain blew his "I couln't agree with you less" line at a rally last year :lol: :lol: :lol: . It reminded me so much of Bilbo's line (except Bilbo's line was intelligent and correct when you work it through). But it had the same effect on the crowd :? :? . I still pee my pants when I think of it. :lol:

[b:qz76wnbt]Gandalfs Beard[/b:qz76wnbt]
Favorite quote from The Lord of the Rings: " '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). This, I think about my life now! I wish I lived back in Frodo's time, but not with all of the Uruks and such. Life was just so simple and merry <img src='/images/smileys/sad.gif' border='0' alt='Sad Smilie' /> It just makes me so sad that I live in this time, but Gandalf encourages me <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' />

From the Hobbit my Favorite Quote is:

Roads go ever ever on,
Over rock and under tree,
By caves where never sun has shone,
By streams that never find the sea;
Over snow by winter sown,
And through the merry flowers of June,
Over grass and over stone,
And under mountains in the moon.
Roads go ever ever on
Under cloud and under star,
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
Eyes that fire and sword have seen
And horror in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows green
And trees and hills they long have known.
Its just epic when Eowyn kills the Witchking. Its one of my favorite parts and just awesome, plain and simple.

"Begone, foul dwimmerlaik, lord of carrion! Leave the dead in peace!"
A cold voice answered: "Come not between the Nazgul and his prey! Or he will not slay thee in thy turn. He will bear thee away to the houses of lamentation, beyond all darkness, where thy flesh shall be devoured, and thy shrivelled mind be left naked to the Lidless Eye."

A sword rang as it was drawn. "Do what you will; but I will hinder it, if I may."

"Hinder me? Thou fool. No living man may hinder me!"

Then Merry heard of all sounds in that hour the strangest. It seemed that Dernhelm laughed, and the clear voice was like the ring of steel. "But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Eowyn I am, Eomund's daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him."
The Return of the King: "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields," p. 116

Amazing, amazing.
"Friends... You bow to no one."

-Aragorn, Return of the king
My favorite Tolkien quote comes from the Hobbit...Spoken by Smaug.

[b:tdmb6yir]"I am SMAUG! I kill when I wish! I am strong, strong, STRONG! My armor is like tenfold shields! My teeth like swords! My claws, spears! The shock of my tail, a thunderbolt! My wings, a hurricane! And my breath...DEATH!"[/b:tdmb6yir]
^whenever I think of that, I think of the animated Hobbit movie. lol

My favorite LOTR quote is (from the movies, at least) "Arise, Arise, Rider's of Theoden. Spears will be shaken, shields will be splintered. A sword day, a red day ere the sun rises. Ride now! Ride now! Ride for ruin and the world's ending! Death! Death! Death! Forth Eorlingas!" Gives me chills every time I watch that scene.
I like this one, Gandalf recounting his imprisonment by Saruman at the council of Elrond-
Saruman-"Or until it is found in your despite, and the Ruler has time to turn to lighter matters:to devise ,say, a fitting reward for the hindrance and insolence of Gandalf the grey".
Gandalf- "That may not prove one of the lighter matters".
But then also adds- "He laughed at me, for my words were empty, and he knew it.
Brilliant, because Gandalf knows although he his powerful, he does not yet have the power to defeat Saruman, let alone Sauron.
"Fly, you fools."

Simple, straight to the point, gets the job done. Thats the one that comes to mind anyway, though there are, I'm sure, quite a few others.
I'll put my favorite quotes at the best of my memory.

"Baruk khazad! Khazad ai-menu!" - a dwarven war cry. Gimli at Helm's Deep

"The way is shut, it was made by those who are dead. And the dead keep it. Until the time comes, the way is shut"
I can't really choose a single one, there are so many good quotes. Just on the spur of the moment though, there are a few that come to mind. My favorite sentiment that I think is just rather beautiful is:

[quote="Theoden in TTT, The Road to Isengard":1izomznt]'Yet also I should be sad. For however the fortune of war shall go, may it not so end that much that was fair and wonderful shall pass for ever out of Middle-earth?'[/quote:1izomznt]

My favorite descriptive passage that literally takes my breath away is:

[quote="TTT, The Riders of Rohan":1izomznt]At the bottom they came with a strange suddenness on the grass of Rohan. It swelled like a green sea up to the very foot of the Emyn Muil. The falling stream vanished into a deep growth of cresses and water-plants, and they could hear it tinkling away in green tunnels, down long gentle slopes towards the fens of Entwash Vale far away.[/quote:1izomznt]

I like Rohan, can you tell? :mrgreen: But there is also the obvious passage that is just amazing:

[quote="Sam, in ROTK, The Grey Havens":1izomznt]'Well, I'm back'[/quote:1izomznt]

A wonderful end to a wonderful book. <img src='/images/smileys/smile.gif' border='0' alt='Smile Smilie' />
If there is a single quote that is tied for ever with Lord of the Rings, I think it must be the one that stelladog points out:
[quote="stelladog":2yrqeju8]"Fly, you fools."[/quote:2yrqeju8]The other quotes are heroic, passionate or in other ways noteworthy too, but if you walk into a random crowd and say "Fly, you fools", everyone imagines Gandalf hanging on the bridge in Moria (whether by movie or by book).
"Knock on the doors with your head, Peregrin Took, but if that does not shatter them, and I am allowed a little peace from foolish questions, I will seek for the opening words!" - Gandalf's words to Pippin in front of the gates of Moria. ( A Journey in the Dark - Fellowship of the Ring)


"'And after all sir,' added Sam, 'you did ought to take the Elves' advice. Gildor said you should take them as was willing, and you can't deny it.

'I don't deny it,' said Frodo, looking at Sam, who was now grinning. 'I don't deny it, but I'll never believe you are sleeping again, whether you snore or not. I shall kick you hard to make sure.'" (A Conspiracy Unmasked - Fellowship of the Ring)

This is it.....if i take one more step it will be the furthest from home i've ever been!!!!!!!
................................Sam gamgee
Gildor: Do not meddle in the afairs of wizards for they are subtle and quick to anger.

Frodo: do not go to the elves for advice for they will say both no and yes.

Gildor: Others dwelt here before hobbits, and others will dwell here after the hobbits are no more. The wide world is all about you. you can fence your selves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.

I am pretty sure that last quote can be applied to a lot of places in the world today.

(given tolkiens love of applicability)

One does not simply walk into Mordor.

Aragorn: Gentlemen, we do not stop till nightfall.
Pippin: What about breakfast?
Aragorn: You've already had it.
Pippin: We've had one, yes. What about second breakfast?
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.

"Lord Denethor is Boromir's father. To bring him news of his beloved son's death would be most unwise. And don't mention Frodo or the ring. And say nothing of Aragorn either. In fact, it's best if you don't speak at all, Peregrin Took.’

"fool of a took! Throw yourself in next time, and rid us of your stupidity"


my preciousssssssssssss

Pippin has gotta be my fave lotr character..
"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."--- [i:25h5wmzs]J. R. R. Tolkien[/i:25h5wmzs]
Come back, come back
To Mordor we will take you

How could this not have made it into the genuinely narked me.
"Your love of the Halflings Leaf, has slowed your mind" :lol: :mrgreen: .

"Oh look Merry, Mushrooms".

Oh GB I love the Short cut to mushrooms part in the film as well I love it when Merry says `I think I've broken something' and he holds up a carrot broken in two. Brilliant!
Gimli: Toss me
Aragorn: What?
Gimli: I cannot make the distance so i need you to toss me
(Aragorn grips his shoulder reassuringly)
GimiliBig Smile Smilieon't tell the Elf!
Aragorn: Not a word

Also: "What did you call me?"
And Finally:
"That's for Frodo, THat's for the Shire, AND THAT'S FOR MY OLD GAFFER!"
From my favorite chapter in FOTR:

Sam: "It's sunlight and bright day, right enough," he said. "I thought that Elves were all for moon and stars: but this is more Elvish than anything I ever heard tell of. I feel as if I was [i:5v8fu6zn]inside[/i:5v8fu6zn] a song, if you take my meaning."
I hope I quote correctly:

"Stupid, fat Hobbit!"

When Gandalf is presenting Aragorn to be crowned:

"Here is Aragorn son of Arathorn, chieftain of the Dunedain of Arnor, Captain of the Host of the West, bearer of the Star of the North, wielder of the Sword Reforged, victorious in battle, whose hands bring healing, the Elfstone, Elessar of the line of Valandil, Isildur's son, Elendil's son of Numenor."

This is quite possibly the best title ever...
Agreed, Tar-Palantir; I can't think of a cooler one. You actually just reminded me of when I did a monologue in theatre class based on that scene. :lol: Good times.... 8-)
The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot for ever fence it out.
here are one of my faves:
"I wish the ring had never come to me... I wish none of this had happened." - Frodo Baggins
I always loved Bilbo's walking song, "The Road Goes Ever On and On." So much so that I got that first line tattooed on my wrist in Angerthas Erebor.
Some of my favorites..I have alot <img src='/images/smileys/smile.gif' border='0' alt='Smile Smilie' />

"Farewell" he said to Gandalf "I go to find the sun" - Legolas

"You cannot pass," he said. The orcs stood still, and a dead silence fell. "I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. You cannot pass. The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Ud’n. Go back to the Shadow! You cannot pass."

"The Dark Lord has Nine. But we have One, mightier than they: the White Rider. He has passed through the fire and the abyss, and they shall fear him. We will go where he leads." - Aragorn

"These we will take!" said Gandalf suddenly. He cast aside his cloak and a white light shone forth like a sword in that black place. Before his upraised hand the foul Messenger recoiled, and Gandalf coming seized and took from him the tokens; coat, cloak, and sword. "These we will take in memory of our friend," he cried. "But as for your terms, we reject them utterly. Get you gone, for your embassy is over and death is near to you. We did not come here to waste words in treating with Sauron, faithless and accursed; still less of his slaves. Begone!" - Gandalf

"That there's some good in the world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for." - Sam (in the movie)
"I cannot give it up and if you tried to take it from me I should go mad."
"My master Sauron the Great bids thee welcome"

"What's it doing? Stupid fat hobbit!"

"My Precious..."

These are all quotes I use on a regular basis :roll:
[quote="Labrynian Rebel":249jfv4x]"What's it doing? Stupid fat hobbit!"[/quote:249jfv4x]

That entire scene, especially in the movie, gets me every time. :lol:
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