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Quotes from Middle-Earth
Quotes from Middle-Earth
Middle Earth Quotes
Middle Earth Quotes
Eowyn - Shieldmaiden of the North
Eowyn Shieldmaiden of the North
Faramir: Steward of Gondor
Faramir: Steward of Gondor
Horses of the Middle Earth
Horses of the Middle Earth
Encyclopedia of Middle Earth
Encyclopedia of Middle Earth
Calendar Definitions
Calendar Definitions
Reckoning of Rivendell
Reckoning of Rivendell
Stewards' Reckoning
Stewards' Reckoning
Tale of Years
Tale of Years
My Favorite Lord of the Rings Links
My Favorite Lord of the Rings Links
Maps of Middle Earth
Maps of Middle Earth

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his Dark throne.
In the Land of Mondor where the shadows lie,
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them

In the Land of Mondor where the shadows lie.

Riddle of Strider
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.

Then suddenly out of the gloom came a sharp hiss. 'What has it got in its pocketses?'" -Gollum

"What have I said? What have I done? Frodo, Frodo! Come back! A madness took me, but it has passed. Come back!" - Boromir

"And it is not our part here to take thought only for a season, or for a few lives of Men, or for a passing age of the world." -Gandalf

"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." -Bilbo Baggins

"This is the hour of the Shire-folk, when they arise from their quiet fields to shake the towers and the counsels of the Great." -Elrond

"They lie in all the pools, pale faces, deep deep under the dark water. I saw them: grim faces and evil, and noble faces and sad. Many faces proud and fair, and weeds in their silver hair. But all foul, all rotting, all dead. A fell light is in them." -Frodo

"Much must be risked in war," said Denethor. "Cair Andros is manned, and no more can be sent so far. Yet I will not yield the River and the Pelennor unfought, not if there is a captain here who has still the courage to do his lord's will."

Then all were silent, but at length Faramir said: "I do not oppose your will, sire. Since you are robbed of Boromir, I will go, and do what I can in his stead - if you command it."

"I do so," said Denethor.

"Then farewell!" said Faramir. "But if I should return, think better of me!"

"That depends on the manner of your return!" said Denethor. -The Return of the King

"And he sang to them, now in the Elven tongue, now in the speech of the West, until their hearts, wounded with sweet words, overflowed, and their joy was like swords, and they passed in thought out to regions where pain and delight flow together and tears are the very wine of blessedness." -The Return of the King

"There is a long road yet", said Gandalf.

"It is time to get up. It is half past four and very foggy." -Meriadoc Brandybuck

"They are coming!" cried Legolas.

"We cannot get out," said Gimli. -The Fellowship of the Ring

"You cannot pass! I am servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. You cannot pass. The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udun. Go back to the shadow! You cannot pass!" -Gandalf

"Well, here at last, dear friends, on the shores of the Sea comes the end of our fellowship in Middle-Earth. Go in peace! I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil." -Gandalf

"Gibbets and Crows! Dotard! What is the house of Eorl but a thatched barn where brigands drink in the reek, and their brats roll around on the floor with their dogs!" -Saruman

"Welcome, my lords, to Isengard. We are the doorwardens." -Meriadoc Brandybuck of Buckland

"So passed the sword of the Barrow-downs, work of the Westernesse. But glad would he have been to know its fate who wrought it slowly long ago in the North-kingdom when the Dunedain were young, and chief among their foes was the dread realm of Angmar and its sorcerer king. No other blade, not though mightier hands had wielded it, would have dealt that foe a wound so bitter, cleaving the undead flesh, breaking the spell that knit his unseen sinews to his will." -The Return of the King

"He who breaks a thing to find out what it is, has left the path of wisdom." -Gandalf

"Far above the Ephel D˙ath 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 and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach." -The Return of the King

"And now at last it comes. You will give me the Ring freely! In place of the Dark Lord you will set up a Queen. And I shall not be dark, but beautiful and terrible as the Morning and the Night! Fair as the Sea and the Sun and the Snow upon the Mountain! Dreadful as the Storm and the Lightning! Stronger than the foundations of the earth. All shall love me and despair!" -Galadriel

"Goodbye, master, my dear! Forgive your Sam. He'll come back to this spot when the job's done - if he manages it. And then he'll not leave you again. Rest you quiet till I come; and may no foul creature come anigh you! And if the Lady could hear me and give me one wish, I would wish to come back and find you again. Good bye!" -Sam

"I am Gandalf," said the wizard.

"Riders!" cried Aragorn, springing to his feet. "Many riders on swift steeds are coming towards us!"

"Yes," said Legolas, "there are one hundred and five. Yellow is their hair, and bright are their spears. Their leader is very tall."

Aragorn smiled. "Keen are the eyes of the Elves," he said. -The Two Towers

"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." -The Hobbit

"Wind is changing!" -Ghan-buri-ghan

"My friends, you had horses, and deeds of arms, and the free fields; but she, born in the body of a maid, had a spirit and courage at least the match of yours... 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?" -Gandalf

"Then let us start as soon as it is light tomorrow, if we can. The wolf that one hears is worse than the orc that one fears." -Boromir

" love is given to the Morning. And my heart forebodes that soon it will pass away for ever." -Gimli

"What do you mean? Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good on this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?" -Gandalf

"She should not die, so young and beautiful. At least, she should not die alone." -Merry, on the Pelennor Fields

"Well, here is the strangest riddle that we have yet found! A bound prisoner escapes both from the Orcs and from the surrounding horsemen. He then stops, while still in the open, and cuts his bonds with an orc-knife. But how and why? For if his legs were tied, how did he walk? And if his arms were tied, how did he use the knife? And if neither were tied, why did he cut the cords at all? Being pleased with his skill, he then sat down and quietly ate some waybread! That at least is enough to show that he was a hobbit, without the mallorn-leaf. After that, I suppose, he turned his arms into wings and flew away singing into the trees. It should be easy to find him: we only need wings ourselves!" -Legolas

"I have no help to send, therefore I must go myself." -Aragorn

"'Gandalf!' I said at last, but my voice was only a whisper. Did he say: 'Hullo, Pippin! This is a pleasant surprise!'? No, indeed! He said: 'Get up, you tom-fool of a Took! Where, in the name of wonder, in all this ruin is Treebeard? I want him. Quick!'" -Pippin

"Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens." -Gimli

"It's wisdom to recognize necessity, when all other courses have been weighed, though as folly it may appear to those who cling to false hope." -Elrond

"It must often be so, Sam, when things are in danger: someone has to give them up, lose them, so that others may keep them." -Frodo

"She lifted up her hand and from the ring that she wore there issued a great light that illuminated her alone and left all else dark. She stood before Frodo seeming now tall beyond measurement, and beatiful beyond enduring, terrible and worshipful. Then she let her hand fall, and the light faded, and suddenly she laughed again, and lo! she was shrunken: a slender elf-woman, clad in simple white, whose gentle voice was soft and sad.

"I pass the test," she said. "I will diminish, and go into the West, and remain Galadriel." -The Fellowship of the Ring

"For though I do not ask for aid, we need it." -Boromir

"Look, my friends! Here's a pretty hobbit skin to wrap an elven princeling in." -Aragorn

"The words of this wizard stand on their head." -Gimli

"I am Aragorn, son of Arathorn. If by life, or death, I can save you I will." -Aragorn

"Well, well, bless my beard!" said Gandalf. "Sam Gamgee is it? Now what may you be doing?"

"Lor bless you, Mr. Gandalf, Sir!" said Sam. "Nothing! Leastways I was just trimming the grass-border under the window, if you follow me." He picked up his shears and exhibited them as evidence. "I don't," said Gandalf grimly. "It is some time since I last heard the sound of your shears. How long have you been eavesdropping?" "Eavesdropping, Sir? I don't follow you, begging your pardon. There ain't no eaves at Bag End, and thats a fact." -The Fellowship of the Ring

"Come not between the nazgul and his prey! Or he will not slay thee in thy turn. He will bare thee away to the Houses of Lamentation, beyond all darkness, where thy flesh shall be devoured and thy shriviled mind be left naked to the lidless eye." -The Lord of the Nazgul

"Dangerous!" cried Gandalf. "And so am I, very dangerous: more dangerous than anything you will ever meet, unless you are brought alive before the seat of the Dark Lord." -Gandalf

"It needs more to make a king than a piece of elvish glass, or a rabble such as this." -the Mouth of Sauron

"Aragorn threw back his cloak. The elven-sheath glittered as he grasped it, and the bright blade of Anduril shone like a sudden flame as he swept it out. 'Elendil!' he cried. 'I am Aragorn son of Arathorn, and am called Elessar, Dunadan, 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!" -The Two Towers

"If Gandalf would go before us with a bright flame, he might melt a path for you," said Legolas. The storm had troubled him little, and he alone in the company remained still light of heart.

"If elves could fly over mountains, they might fetch the Sun and save us," answered Gandalf. "But I must have something to work on. I cannot burn snow." -The Fellowship of the Ring

"Hill. Yes, that was it. But it is a hasty word for a thing that has stood here ever since this part of the world was shaped." -Treebeard

"Gandalf did not move. And in that very moment, away behind in some far corner of the city, a cock crowed. Shrill and clear he crowed reckoning nothing of wizardry or war, welcoming only the morning that in the sky far above the shadows of death was coming with the dawn.

And as if in answer there came from far awary another note. Horns, horns, horns. In dark Mindolluin's side they dimly echoed. Great horns of the North, wildly blowing. Rohan had come at last." -The Return of the King

"It's sunlight and bright day, right enough. 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 inside a song, if you take my meaning." -Sam

"I am glad you are here with me, Sam. Here at the end of all things, Sam." -Frodo, on Mount Doom

"With a terrible cry the Balrog fell forward, and its shadow plunged down and vanished. But even as it fell it swung its whip, and the thongs lashed and curled about the wizard's knees, dragging him to the brink. He staggered, and fell, grasped vainly at the stone, and slid into the abyss. 'Fly you fools!' he cried, and was gone." -The Fellowship of the Ring

"He should not vow to walk in the dark, who has not seen the nightfall." -Elrond

"Sleep! I feel the need of it. Yet my axe is restless in my hand. Give me a row of Orc-necks and room to swing and all weariness will fall from me!" - Gimli

I will take the ring, though I do not know the way." - Frodo

"That is a fair lord and a great captain of men," said Legolas. "If Gondor has such men still in these days of fading, great must have been its glory in the days of its rising."

"And doubtless the good stone-work is the older and was wrought in the first building," said Gimli. "It is ever so with the things that Men begin: there is a frost in Spring, or a blight in Summer, and they fail of their promise."

"Yet seldom do they fail of their seed," said Legolas. "And that will lie in the dust and rot to spring up again in times and places unlooked-for. The deeds of Men will outlast us, Gimli."

"And yet come to naught in the end but might-have-beens, I guess," said the Dwarf.

"To that the Elves know not the answer," said Legolas. -The Return of the King

"I am going to have a long talk with Tom Bombadil: such a talk as I have not had in all my time. He is a moss-gatherer, and I have been a stone doomed to rolling." -Gandalf

"Smeagol won't grub for roots and carrotses and - taters. What's taters, precious, eh, what's taters?" -Gollum

"The Nazgul they were; the Ringwraiths, the Enemy's most terribly servants; darkness went with them and they cried with the voices of death." -The Silmarillion

"A thing is about to happen which has not happened since the Elder Days: the Ents are going to wake up and find that they are strong." -Gandalf

"Few can foresee whither their road will lead them, till they come to its end." -Legolas

"But for a long time Faramir walked alone in the garden, and now his glance strayed rather to the house than to the eastward walls." -The Return of the King

"Sleep again and do not be afraid! For you are not going like Frodo to Mordor, but to Minas Tirith, and there you will be as safe as anywhere these days. If Gondor falls, or the Ring is taken, then the Shire will be no refuge." -Gandalf

"Confusticate and bebother these dwarves..." -Bilbo Baggins

"Not this way, master! There is another way. O yes indeed there is. Another way, darker, more difficult to find, more secret. But Smeagol knows it. Let Smeagol show you!" -Gollum

"Behold, I am not Gandalf the Grey, whom you betrayed. I am Gandalf the White, who has returned from death. You have no colour now, and I cast you from the order and from the Council." -Gandalf

"What is it?" growled Sam, misenterpreting the signs. "What is the need to sniff? The stink nearly knocks me down with my nose hed. You stink, and master stinks; the whole place stinks." "Yes, yes and Sam stinks!" answered Gollum. -The Two Towers

"There lies the Mirrormere, deep Kheled-zaram!" said Gimli sadly. "I remember that he said: 'May you have joy of the sight! But we cannot linger there.' Now long shall I journey ere I have joy again. It is I that must hasten away, and he that must remain." -Gimli

"The treacherous are ever distrustful." -Gandalf

"'Eowyn, Eowyn, White Lady of Rohan, in this hour I do not believe that any darkness will endure!' And he stooped and kissed her brow. And so they stood on the walls of the City of Gondor, and a great wind rose and blew, and their hair, raven and golden, streamed out mingling in the air. And the Shadow departed, and the Sun was unveiled, and the light leapt forth..." -The Return of the King

"Is it nice, my preciousss? Is it juicy? Is it scrumptiously crunchable?" -Gollum

"It needs but one foe to breed a war, not two, Master Warden," answered Eowyn. "And those who have not swords can still die upon them. Would you have the folk of Gondor gather you herbs only, when the Dark Lord gathers armies? And it is not always good to be healed in body. Nor is it always evil to die in battle, even in bitter pain. Were I permitted, in this dark hour I would choose the latter." -The Return of the King

"Where is the other one? The cross rude hobbit?" -Smeagol

"As he has ever judged," said Aragorn. "Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear; nor are they one thing amoung Elves and Dwarves and another amoung Men. It is a man's part to discern them, as much in the Golden Wood as in his own house." -The Two Towers

"Handsome is as handsome does." -Samwise Gamgee

"Loud and clear it sounds in the valleys of the hills. Then let the foes of Gondor flee!" -Boromir

"Thief! Thief! Baggins! We hates it! We hates it forever!" -Gollum

"Well done! Mr. Baggins!" he said, clapping Bilbo on the back. "There is always more to you than anyone expects!" -Gandalf

"These are indeed strange days. Dreams and legends spring to life out of the grass." -Eomer

"O great glory and splendour! And all my wishes have come true!" -Sam

"With hope or without hope we will follow the trail of our enemies. And woe to them, if we prove the swifter!" -Aragorn

"There is food in the wild," said Strider, "berry, root, and herb; and I have some skill as a hunter at need. You need not be afraid of starving before winter comes. But gathering and catching food is long and weary work, and we need haste. So tighten your belts, and think with hope of the tables of Elrond's house!" -Strider

"Its name was Cirith Ungol, a name of dreadful rumour. Aragorn could perhaps have told them that name and its significance; Gandalf would have warned them. But they were alone, and Aragorn was far away, and Gandalf stood amid the ruin of Isengard and strove with Saruman, delayed by treason. Yet even as he spoke his last words to Saruman, and the palantir crashed in fire upon the steps of Orthanc, his thought was ever upon Frodo and Samwise, over the long leagues his mind sought for them in hope and pity." -The Two Towers

"But the night will be too short. I have come back here, for I must have a little peace, alone. You should sleep, in a bed while you still may. At the sunrise I shall take you to the Lord Denethor again. No, when the summons comes, not at sunrise. The Darkness has begun. There will be no dawn." -Gandalf

"Thou fool, no living man may hinder me!" -The witch king of Angmar

"But no living man am I." -Eowyn

"Frodo, Mr. Frodo! Don't leave me here alone! It's your Sam calling. Don't go where I can't follow! Wake up, Mr. Frodo! O wake up, Frodo, me dear, me dear. Wake up!" -Samwise Gamgee

"The wise speak only of what they know, Grima son of Galmod. A witless worm have you become. Therefore be silent, and keep your forked tongue behind your teeth. I have not passed through fire and death to bandy crooked words with a serving-man till the lightning falls." -Gandalf

"For morning came, morning and a wind from the sea; and darkness was removed, and the hosts of Mordor wailed, and terror took them. And then all the host of Rohan burst into song, and they sang as they slew, for the joy of battle was on them, and the sound of their singing that was fair and terrible came even into the City." -The Return of the King

"Of Course", said Gandalf. "And why should not they prove true? Surely you do not disbelieve the prophecies, because you had a hand in bringing them about yourself? You don't really suppose, do you, that all your adventures and escapes were managed by mere luck, just for your sole benefit? You are a very fine person, Mr. Baggins, and I am very fond of you; but you are only quite a little fellow in a wide world after all!" -Gandalf