J.R.R. Tolkien was a man of profound insight. His literature on Middle-earth, especially after The Hobbit, is full of wise words like few other non-biblical books I know. I think he even surpasses Shakespeare in that. Much of this wisdom is inextricably woven into the fabric of the stories. But some, fortunately, take the form of more or less succinct sayings; that is, discrete and (relatively) concise "nuggets" that can stand on their own. Of course, the effect is even greater in the context of the stories! 🇧🇷
Here I present my collection of selected sayings from "The Lord of the Rings", ordered according to their appearance in the book. Some are Tolkien originals that I know of; others are revisions of proverbs that have been around for a long time; but these are also expressed more elegantly by him and can therefore be attributed to him in the form presented here.
All page numbers refer to Houghton Mifflin's 1993 one-volume edition.
|The hobbits called it the Shire, after the region of their Thain's dominion, and a district of well organized trade; and there, in that pleasant corner of the world, they continued their orderly lives, paying less heed to the outside world where dark things moved, until they began to believe that peace and abundance were the rule in Middle-earth and the world. right of every reasonable person. They forgot or didn't realize how little they knew of the Wardens and the work of those who had made the Shire's long peace possible. They were indeed protected, but they had forgotten.|
THE COMMUNITY OF THE RING
All who live deserve death. And some who die deserve life. Can you give it to them? So don't be too eager to deal with death in court. Even the very wise cannot see all ends. -Gandalf
We used to say there is only one way; which was like a great river: its springs were at every gate, and every street was its tributary. "It is a dangerous business, Frodo, to go out your door," he used to say. "One walks on the path, and unless one controls one's feet one cannot tell where one is being drawn." - Frodo quotes Bilbo
It's not Shire of its own,' said Gildor. "Others lived here before there were hobbits, and others will live here again when there are no more hobbits. The wide world revolves around you: you can surround yourself, but you cannot shut it out forever.
It is rare to give careless advice, for advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all paths can go wrong. - Gildor Inglorion
Some things are hard to hear when the world is dark. - Tom Bombadil
Not all gold shines
Do the adventures never end? I guess not. Someone always has to continue the story. -Bilbo
and whoever breaks something to find out what it is has strayed from the path of wisdom. -Gandalf
Even the subtlest of spiders can leave a faint thread. -Gandalf
It is dangerous to study the enemy's arts closely, for better or for worse. -Elrond
ft the lie hides the truth. - Glorfindel
Alor needs power first, and then a weapon. - Boromir
Those who created [the three elven rings of power] did not seek strength, dominion, or accumulated wealth, but understanding, creation, and healing to keep all things pristine. -Elrond
It is wise to see the need when all other options have been considered, even though it may seem foolish to those who cling to false hope. Well, let madness be our cloak, a veil from the enemy's eyes! For he is very wise and weighs all things carefully in the scale of this wickedness. But the only measure he knows is desire, the desire for power; and so he judges all hearts. The thought that someone will reject you will not enter your heart. -Gandalf
Such is often the course of action that turns the wheels of the world: the little hands do it because they have to, while the eyes of the big ones are elsewhere. -Elrond
only a small part matters in the great deeds of each hero. -Gandalf
Defenseless is he who says goodbye when the street grows dark. -Gimli
swear not to walk in the dark who did not see the night fall. -Elrond
Nowhere is the Dark Lord's power more evident than in the alienation that separates those who still resist him. -Haldir
In fact, the world is full of dangers and there are many dark places in it; but there is still much that is beautiful, and if love is now mixed with suffering in all countries, it will perhaps grow even more. -Haldir
Don't worry your heart too much thinking about the road tonight. Perhaps the paths each of you will walk are already at your feet, even if you don't see them. -Galadriel
or despise not the knowledge that came from distant years; for it can often happen that old women remember words of things that formerly wise men needed to know. -Celebrity
THE TWO TOWERS
Don't throw away all hope. Tomorrow is unknown. The web is often found at dawn. -Legolas
Do we walk in legends or on the green earth by daylight?'
A man can do both,' said Aragorn. "For not we, but the descendants will make the legends of our time. The green earth you say? That's a powerful legend, even if you trample on it in broad daylight! [replies to Rohan's Eothain]
Good and evil have not changed since the past. -Aragorn
Here are some things better to start than give up, even if the end may be bleak. -Aragorn
let's leave it... did you say your name?
'Hill?' suggested Pippin. 'Shelves? Stage?' Merry suggested.
Treebeard repeated the words thoughtfully. 🇧🇷hill🇧🇷 Yes, that was it. But it's a hasty word for something that's been here since this part of the world came into existence.
treacherous weapon is always a danger to the hand. -Gandalf
News from afar is rarely quiet. - King Theoden
the wise speak only of what they know. -Gandalf
The crooked eyes of truth can wear an ironic grimace. -Gandalf
The spontaneous guest turns out to be the best company. - Eomer
You know what the new day will bring. -Aragorn
Those who cannot throw away the distressed treasure are in chains. -Aragorn
Traitors are always suspicious. -Gandalf
You cannot be a tyrant and a counselor at the same time. -Gandalf
Hate often hurts itself! -Gandalf
things will turn out as they will; and there is no need to rush to find them. - Treebeard
Evil will must harm evil. - Theoden quotes an old saying of Rohan.
Dangerous for all of us are the tricks of an art that is deeper than our own. -Gandalf
burned his hand proves otherwise. After that, the Fire Council goes to the heart. - Gandalf to Pippin after the Palantir incident
it must be the air when we defend our lives against an all-consuming destroyer; but I love not the shining sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for its glory. I just love what they portray. -faramir
more undeserved suspicion than hasty words. -Frodo
Airy language can hide a dirty heart. -Sam Gambee
It is not said that the arts of evil were ever practiced in Gondor, nor that the Nameless One was honorably named there... Yet it was Gondor who wrought his own downfall, slowly slipping into senility, thinking the enemy slumbered that only banished, not destroyed. ... [they] longed for an eternal and unchanging life. Kings made tombs more splendid than the houses of the living, and counted the ancient names in the lists of their descendants dearer than the names of their children. Childless lords sat in ancient halls to meditate on heraldry; in secret chambers withered men brewed strong elixirs, or in tall cold towers they consulted the stars. -faramir
The praise of the praiseworthy is above all rewards. -faramir
The servant has the right to serve the Lord even if he is afraid.
Here is life, there is hope, as my gaffer said;and nutritional needs, as I added earlier. -Sam
THE RETURN OF THE KING
Generosity must not be controlled by cold advice. -Gandalf
The hasty blow is often deflected. -Aragorn
Children will not be any less brave if they are not praised. -Aragorn
Here the will does not want, a way is opened.- "Dernhelm"
the traitor can betray himself and do good that he does not intend. -Gandalf
Ope often cheats. ... Blessed twice, however, is an unexpected help. - Eomer
It's pain you won't forget; but it will not darken your heart, but will teach you wisdom. - Aragorn, from Pippin
It's always the same with things people start: there's a frost in spring or a plague in summer, and they don't keep their promises. -Gimli
Hope comes when all is powerless.-Legolas
No matter what happens, great deeds don't lose value. -Legolas
It is not for us to rule all the tides of the world, but to do what is within us to ease the years in which we are established, to root out evil in the fields we know, so that those who live by it have clean land . care for. How long they will have is not our decision. -Gandalf
It only takes one enemy to start a war, not two... And those without swords can still die in it. Would you like the people of Gondor to gather herbs only when the Dark Lord is assembling armies? -Eowyn
It's not always good to heal in the body. It's not always bad to die in battle, even in excruciating pain. -Eowyn
It is useless to answer revenge with revenge: nothing will heal. - Frodo of the hobbits' desire to kill Saruman for enslaving them
I've heard some pretty names on my travels, but I think they're a little too fancy for everyday use, you could say. Gaffer says, "Keep it short so you don't have to cut it before you can use it." -Sam Gambee
It often has to be like this, Sam, when it comes to things: someone has to give them up, lose them so that others can have them. -Frodo
will not say: do not cry; Because not all tears are bad. -Gandalf
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What is the most famous quote from Lord of the Rings? There are a few quotes from the Lord of the Rings books and films that fans often argue are the best or most famous. The most popular choices are: “Not all those who wander are lost.”What is 1 meaningful quote from J. R. R. Tolkien? ›
“The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places. But still there is much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater. It's the job that's never started as takes longest to finish.What are some famous lines from Tolkien? ›
“It is useless to meet revenge with revenge; it will heal nothing.” “And then her heart changed, or at least she understood it; and the winter passed, and the sun shone upon her.” “All's well that ends better.” “His grief he will not forget; but it will not darken his heart, it will teach him wisdom.”What are 5 famous quotes? ›
- The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. - ...
- The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. - ...
- Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. ...
- If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor. -
In fact, there's only one line that Legolas says to Frodo: “And you have my bow.”What is Gandalf's famous line? ›
“It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.”What is the last line of The Hobbit? ›
Tolkien's The Hobbit ends with “'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! 'Thank goodness! ' said Bilbo laughing, and handed him the tobacco jar.” And these two sentences sum up so completely what the book is about.What is the full quote that is on the One Ring? ›
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 Mordor where the shadows lie.What is the last line in Lord of the Rings? ›
You cannot be always torn in two. You will have to be one and whole, for many years. You have so much to enjoy and to be, and to do. 'Who did Tolkien say was the hero of The Lord of the Rings? ›
Tolkien called Sam the "chief hero" of the saga, adding: "I think the simple 'rustic' love of Sam and his Rosie (nowhere elaborated) is absolutely essential to the study of his (the chief hero's) character, and to the theme of the relation of ordinary life (breathing, eating, working, begetting) and quests, sacrifice, ...
Fly, you fools!
Note: These are his last known words as Gandalf the Grey, before he is dragged into the abyss by the Balrog called Durin's Bane. Later, he returns as Gandalf the White.
- “The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.” ...
- “If you want to overcome the whole world, overcome yourself.” ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
- “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. ...
- “Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one.”
- “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” – ...
- “Surprise yourself everyday with your own courage.” – ...
- “Courage is only an accumulation of small steps.” – ...
- “I like to use the hard times in the past to motivate me today.” – ...
- “Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more.
But Gandalf looked at him from under long bushy eyebrows that stuck out further than the brim of his shady hat. “What do you mean?” he said. “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 this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?”What does Aragorn say before battle? ›
Aragorn: "An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the Age of Men comes crashing down, but it is not this day! This day we fight!" Aragorn: "By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!"What does Frodo say at the end? ›
I tried to save the Shire, and it has been saved, but not for me. 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 speaks these words in his final farewell to Sam in Book VI, Chapter 9—the final chapter of The Lord of the Rings.What is the wizard quote in Lord of the Rings? ›
“A wizard is never late, nor is he early, he arrives precisely when he means to.”What is the famous Yoda quote? ›
“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”What is the best line Gandalf says to Saruman? ›
Gandalf : [to Saruman] There is only one Lord of the Ring, only one who can bend it to his will, and he does not share power.What's the best short quote ever? ›
- “Every moment is a fresh beginning.” ~ T.S Eliot.
- “Never regret anything that made you smile.” ~ Mark Twain.
- “Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today. “ ~ James Dean.
- “All limitations are self-imposed.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes.
- “Life is like riding a bicycle.
- “I'll be there.”
- “I love you.”
- “Maybe you're right.”
- “I trust you.”
- “Go for it.”
- “Got your back.”
- “How are you?”
- “I want you.”
- 1) Success is No Accident. ...
- 2) Success is Not Final, Failure is Not Fatal: it is the Courage to Continue that Counts. ...
- 3) Don't Count the Days, Make the Days Count. ...
- 4) He Who is Not Courageous Enough to Take Risks Will Accomplish Nothing in Life. ...
- 5) Don't Wait for Opportunity, Create it.
- Gollum: What has roots as nobody sees, is taller than trees, up, up, up it goes, and yet, never grows?
- Bilbo: Thirty white horses on a red hill. ...
- Gollum: Voiceless it cries, wingless flutters, toothless bites, mouthless mutters.
- Bilbo: An eye in a blue face saw an eye in a green face.
- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. ...
- “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” ...
- “Far over the misty mountains cold. ...
- “So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.” ...
- “May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.”
I don't want any adventures, thank you. Not Today. Good morning! But please come to tea – any time you like!What is the quote from Gandalf to Frodo? ›
“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 us.”What is the one ring quote in Elvish? ›
The One Ring inscription
ash nazg thrakatulûk agh burzum-ishi krimpatul. Translated into English: One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.
Gandalf: You Cannot Pass! I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the Flame of Anor. The dark fire will not avail you, Flame of Udun! Go back to the shadow.What is the first line of the Fellowship of the Ring? ›
First Sentence: When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton.What is the first line of Lord of the Rings movie? ›
(I amar prestar aen.) The world is changed. (Han matho ne nen.)
Eventually Frodo departs for the Undying Lands to find healing, along with Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and the Elves. Sam, Merry and Pippin watch them depart and return home in silence. Sam is greeted by his wife Rose and his daughter Elanor. The last line of the book Sam says to Rose; "Well, I'm back".Who is the real villain in Lord of the Rings? ›
Sauron (pronounced /ˈsaʊrɒn/) is the title character and the primary antagonist, through the forging of the One Ring, of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, where he rules the land of Mordor and has the ambition of ruling the whole of Middle-earth.What did Tolkien say about Legolas? ›
He was tall as a young tree, lithe, immensely strong, able swiftly to draw a great war-bow and shoot down a Nazgûl, endowed with the tremendous vitality of Elvish bodies, so hard and resistant to hurt that he went only in light shoes over rock or through snow, the most tireless of all the Fellowship.Did Tolkien say shut up about the Eagles? ›
That could've made Frodo and Sam's lives a lot easier. As it happens, author J.R.R. Tolkien has weighed in on this very issue. Naturally, he got asked this question a lot, whether in correspondence with friends or by randos at the pub. And he always gave the same answer: “Shut up.”What is the silver glass quote? ›
Death is just another path... One that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass... And then you see it.What is Gollum's last word? ›
Gollum struck, struggled with the invisible Frodo, bit off Frodo's finger, and seized the Ring. Gloating over his "prize" and dancing madly, he stepped over the edge and fell into the Crack of Doom, taking the Ring with him with a last cry of "Precious!" Thus, the Ring was destroyed and Sauron defeated.What does Boromir say to Aragorn? ›
Boromir : The world of Men will fall, and all will come to darkness, my city to ruin. Aragorn : 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. Boromir : I ask only for the strength to defend my people.What are the 5 words of wisdom? ›
- Pursue Passion More Than Profit. ...
- Hard Work Beats Talent. ...
- Excellence, Not Perfection. ...
- Big is Little and Little is Big. ...
- You Choose Your Spouse, Not Your Child.
- “Practice is the hardest part of learning, and training is the essence of transformation.” ...
- “What is the hardest, but best thing in life? ...
- “To be successful, one has to be one of three bees - the queen bee, the hardest working bee, or the bee that does not fit in.
"If you're going through hell, keep going." "There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true." "The price of greatness is responsibility." "The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes."
- 'Straighten the horns and kill the bull' ...
- 'There is no cow on the ice' ...
- 'Pretend to be an Englishman' ...
- 'Not my circus, not my monkeys' ...
- 'God gives nuts to the man with no teeth' ...
- 'To set the dogs on someone' ...
- 'Going where the Czar goes on foot'
True strength is the courage to admit weakness.What are some quotes by JRR Tolkien? ›
“It is useless to meet revenge with revenge; it will heal nothing.” “And then her heart changed, or at least she understood it; and the winter passed, and the sun shone upon her.” “All's well that ends better.” “His grief he will not forget; but it will not darken his heart, it will teach him wisdom.”What is the best wisdom quote? ›
“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” “It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.” “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).”What are some badass quotes? ›
- “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” ~ Og Mandino.
- “Don't be perfect. Be you. ...
- “I can be changed by what happens to me. ...
- “If your dreams don't scare you, they are not big enough.” ...
- “Do the most productive thing possible at every given moment” ~ Tom Hopkins.
A jury consisting of 1,500 film artists, critics, and historians selected "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn", spoken by Clark Gable as Rhett Butler in the 1939 American Civil War epic Gone with the Wind, as the most memorable American movie quotation of all time.What is the one ring quote from Lord of the Rings? ›
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 Mordor where the shadows lie.What is the most famous line? ›
- “ May the Force be with you.” - Star Wars, 1977.
- “ There's no place like home.” - The Wizard of Oz, 1939.
- “ I'm the king of the world!” - ...
- “ Carpe diem. ...
- “ Elementary, my dear Watson.” - ...
- “ It's alive! ...
- “ My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. ...
- “ I'll be back.” -
“One ring to rule them all. One ring to find them. One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them!”Who is the most quoted man in the world? ›
I am grateful to have recently hosted the most quoted man alive, Steve Maraboli, as a guest. Steve is a global keynote speaker, best-selling author, behavioral scientist, and has been quoted in over three thousand books! Dozens of people have even uploaded tattoos of his quotes.
“There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.” “The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” “There is no sin except stupidity.” “There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”What is a famous saying? ›
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.” “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” “What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.”What is the One Ring quote in Elvish? ›
The One Ring inscription
ash nazg thrakatulûk agh burzum-ishi krimpatul. Translated into English: One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.
This metaphor is most apparent in the One Ring: to possess the Ring is to be powerful, to lose it is to lose power, and to seek it is to seek power. The One Ring establishes a necessary connection between an object and an abstraction (i.e. power).What is a very powerful quote? ›
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” — Reinhold Niebuhr.What is the best short quote of all time? ›
- “If things go wrong, don't go with them.” ~ Roger Babson.
- “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” ~ Confucius.
- “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci.
- “There is no way to happiness – happiness is the way.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh.