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The Fellowship of the Ring/Quotations

"One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them."
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954), epigraph


"Gandalf was shorter in stature than the other two; but his long white hair, his sweeping beard, and his broad shoulders, made him look like some wise king of ancient legend. In his aged face under great snowy brows his eyes were set like coals that could suddenly burst into fire."
The Fellowship of the Ring, Many Meetings

"Do not meddle in the affairs of Wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger."
The Fellowship of the Ring, Three is Company

"Go not to the Elves for counsel, for they will say both no and yes"
The Fellowship of the Ring, Three is Company

"Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens"
Gimli addressing Elrond, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Ring goes South

"Deserves it! I dare say he does. Many that live deserve death and some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be so eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the wise cannot see all ends"
Gandalf talking to Frodo about Gollum, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Shadow of the Past

"Radagast the Brown! Radagast the Bird-tamer! Radagast the Simple! Radagast the Fool! Yet he had just the wit to play the part I set him. For you have come, and that was the purpose of my message. And here you shall stay, Gandalf the Grey, and rest from your journeys. For I am Saruman the Wise, Saruman the Ring-maker, Saruman of Many Colours!"
Gandalf recounting Saruman, The Fellowship of the Ring, Council of Elrond

"And he who breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom"
Gandalf recounting speaking to Saruman, The Fellowship of the Ring, Council of Elrond

"Gil-galad was an Elven-king
Of him the harpers sadly sing:
the las whose realm was fair and free'
between the Mountains and the Sea.

His sword was long, his lance was keen,
his shining helm afar was seen;
the countless stars of heaven's field
were mirrored in his silver shield.

But long ago he rode away,
and where he dwelleth none can say;
for into the darkness fell his star
in Mordor where the shadows are.
"
The Fellowship of the Ring, A Knife in the Dark, told by Samwise Gamgee

"Seek for the Sword that was broken:
In Imladris it dwells:
There shall be counsels taken
Stronger than Morgul-spells.
There shall be shown a token
That Doom is near at hand,
For Isildur's Bane shall waken,
And the Halfling forth shall stand.
"
The Fellowship of the Ring, The Council of Elrond, The Dream of Boromir

"Cold be hand and heart and bone,
and cold be sleep under stone:
never more to wake on stony bed,
never, till the sun fails and Moon is dead.
in the black wind stars shall die,
and still on gold here let them lie,
till the dark lord lifts his hand
over dead sea and withered land.
"
The Fellowship of the Ring, Fog on the Barrow-downs, The incantation Frodo hears at the Barrow-downs