Tuesday, February 5, 2013

30 Personal Favorite Quotes From the LOTR Books


The Lord of the Rings books contain many fantastical elements of course, it's fantasy. Yet, within these books of great magic and wars and portrayal of evil that thrives on lust for absolute power are equally memorable lines that stay with the reader long after s/he turns the page and closes the book.

These are selected personal favorites.



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1.
Let him not vow to walk in the dark, who has not seen the nightfall.

2.
Do not meddle in the affairs of Wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.

3.
The choice is yours: to go or wait.

4.
Go not to the Elves for counsel, for they will say both no and yes.

5.
Advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.

6.
Sworn word may strengthen quaking heart.

7.
Courage is found in unlikely places.

8.
Some things are ill to hear when the world's in shadow.


9.
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.

10.
Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.

11.
He was great once, of a noble kind that we should dare to raise our hands against. He is fallen, and his cure is beyond us; but I would still spare him, in the hope that he may find it.

12.
Let us do first what we must do.

13.
I have more need of thought than of sleep.

14.
It is easier to shout stop! than to do it.

15.
A king will have his way in his own hall, be it folly or wisdom.

16.
In doubt a man of worth will trust to his own wisdom.

17.
Every man has something too dear to trust to another.

18.
There are children in your land who, out of the twisted threads of story, could pick the answer to your question.

19.
The evil of Sauron cannot be wholly cured, nor made as if it had not been.

20.
It seems less evil to counsel another man to break troth than to do so oneself, especially if one sees a friend bound unwitting to his own harm.

21.
As for valour, that cannot be computed by stature.

22.
What I can do, I would do.

23.
The fool's hope has failed. The Enemy has found it, and now his power waxes; he sees our very thoughts, and all we do is ruinous.

24.
For yet another weapon, swifter than hunger, the Lord of the Dark Tower had: dread and despair.

25.
The arm that was broken has been tended with due skill, and it will mend in time, if she has the strength to live. It is the shield-arm that is maimed; but the chief evil comes through the sword-arm. In that there now seems no life, although it is unbroken.

26.
She was pitted against a foe beyond the strength of her mind and body. And those who will take a weapon to such an enemy must be sterner than steel, if the very shock shall not destroy them.

27.
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.

28.
Men looked up and wondered if the coming of the King had been but a dream.

29.
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.

30.
Seldom do they (men) fail of their seed. 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.


There's more beautiful quotes in those books that I have time or strength to translate to blog as you'll probably find out (or have already found out) if you read the series. These are some of my favorite from the three books.

Keep your pen bleeding.



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