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== List of 52 nominated quotes ==
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== List of nominated quotes ==
  
 
In the last two meetings it was decided to draw up a list of 52 or more quotes in order to have fresh quotes for an entire year. So anyone should feel free to add quotes to the following list or comment on them:
 
In the last two meetings it was decided to draw up a list of 52 or more quotes in order to have fresh quotes for an entire year. So anyone should feel free to add quotes to the following list or comment on them:
  
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* 19 quotes from The Fellowship of the Ring
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* 25 quotes from The Two Towers
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* 37 quotes from The Return of The King
  
 
=== The Fellowship of the Ring ===
 
=== The Fellowship of the Ring ===
  
 
{{quote|'Proudfeet!' shouted an elderly hobbit from the back of the pavillion. His name, of course, was Proudfoot, and well merited; his feet were large, exceptionally furry, and both were on the table.|''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', "[[A Long-expected Party]]"}}
 
{{quote|'Proudfeet!' shouted an elderly hobbit from the back of the pavillion. His name, of course, was Proudfoot, and well merited; his feet were large, exceptionally furry, and both were on the table.|''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', "[[A Long-expected Party]]"}}
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{{quote|'The love of the Elves for their land and their works is deeper than the deeps of the Sea, and their regret is undying and cannot ever wholly be assuaged.'|''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', "[[The Mirror of Galadriel]]"}}
 
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{{quote|You'll find his will and all the other documents in there, I think, "said [[Gandalf|the wizard]].<br>"You are the master of Bag End now. And also, I fancy, you'll find a golden ring."|''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', "[[A Long-expected Party]]"}}
 
{{quote|You'll find his will and all the other documents in there, I think, "said [[Gandalf|the wizard]].<br>"You are the master of Bag End now. And also, I fancy, you'll find a golden ring."|''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', "[[A Long-expected Party]]"}}
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{{quote|There are some things that it is better to begin than to refuse, even though the end may be dark.|''[[The Two Towers]]'', "[[The Riders of Rohan]]"}}
 
{{quote|There are some things that it is better to begin than to refuse, even though the end may be dark.|''[[The Two Towers]]'', "[[The Riders of Rohan]]"}}
 
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{{quote|Out of the shadows the hobbits peeped, gazing back down the slope:little furtive figures that in the dim light looked like elf-children in the deeps of time peering out of the Wild Wood in wonder at their first dawn.|''[[The Two Towers]]'', "[[The Uruk-Hai]]"}}
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{{quote|Out of the shadows the hobbits peeped, gazing back down the slope:little furtive figures that in the dim light looked like elf-children in the deeps of time peering out of the Wild Wood in wonder at their first dawn.|''[[The Two Towers]]'', "[[The Uruk-hai]]"}}
 
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{{quote|Do not be hasty, that is my motto.|''[[The Two Towers]]'', "[[Treebeard]]"}}
 
{{quote|Do not be hasty, that is my motto.|''[[The Two Towers]]'', "[[Treebeard]]"}}
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{{quote|Shadowfax tossed his head and cried aloud, as if a trumpet had summoned him to battle. Then he sprang forward. Fire flew from his feet; night rushed over him.|''[[The Two Towers]]'', "[[The Palantír]]"}}
 
{{quote|Shadowfax tossed his head and cried aloud, as if a trumpet had summoned him to battle. Then he sprang forward. Fire flew from his feet; night rushed over him.|''[[The Two Towers]]'', "[[The Palantír]]"}}
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{{quote|Be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends.|''[[The Two Towers]]'', "[[The Taming of Sméagol]]"}}
 
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{{quote|It was Sam's first view of a battle of Men against Men, and he did not like it much. He was glad that he could not see the dead face. He wondered what the man's name was and where he came from; and if he was really evil of heart, or what lies or threats had led him on the long march from his home; and if he would not really rather have stayed there in peace-all in a flash of thought which was quickly driven from his mind.|''[[The Two Towers]]'', "[[Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit]]"}}
 
{{quote|It was Sam's first view of a battle of Men against Men, and he did not like it much. He was glad that he could not see the dead face. He wondered what the man's name was and where he came from; and if he was really evil of heart, or what lies or threats had led him on the long march from his home; and if he would not really rather have stayed there in peace-all in a flash of thought which was quickly driven from his mind.|''[[The Two Towers]]'', "[[Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit]]"}}
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{{quote|"For myself," said Faramir, "I would see the White Tree in flower again in the courts of the kings, and the Silver Crown return, and Minas Tirith in peace: Minas Anor again as of old, full of light, high and fair, beautiful as a queen among other queens."|''[[The Two Towers]]'', "[[The Window on the West]]"}}
 
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{{quote|I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.|''[[The Two Towers]]'', "[[The Window on the West]]"}}
 
{{quote|I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.|''[[The Two Towers]]'', "[[The Window on the West]]"}}
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{{quote|Who can now hold the fords when the King of the Nine Riders comes? And other armies will come. I am too late. All is lost. I tarried on the way. All is lost. Even if my errand is performed, no one will ever know. There will be no one I can tell. It will be in vain.|''[[The Two Towers]]'', "[[The Stairs of Cirith Ungol]]"}}
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{{quote|I wonder if we shall ever be put into songs or tales. We're in one, or course; but I mean: put into words, you know, told by the fireside, or read out of a great big book with red and black letters, years and years afterwards. And people will say: "Let's hear about Frodo and the Ring!" And they'll say: "Yes, that's one of my favourite stories. Frodo was very brave. wasn't he, dad?" "Yes, my boy, the famousest of the hobbits, and that's saying a lot."|''[[The Two Towers]]'', "[[The Stairs of Cirith Ungol]]"}}
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{{quote|For a fleeting moment, could one of the sleepers have seen him, they would have thought that they beheld an old weary hobbit, shrunken by the years that had carried him far beyond his time, beyond friends and kin, and the fields and streams of youth, an old starved pitiable thing.|''[[The Two Towers]]'', "[[The Stairs of Cirith Ungol]]"}}
  
 
=== The Return of The King ===
 
=== The Return of The King ===
  
{{quote|I count many things: stars in sky, leaves on trees, men in the dark. You have a score of scores counted ten times and five. They have more. Big fight, and who will win? And many more walk round walls of Stone-houses.|''[[The Two Towers]]'', "[[The Ride of the Rohirrim]]"}}
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{{quote|Here do I swear fealty and service to Gondor, and to the Lord and Steward of the realm, to speak and to be silent, to do and to let be, to come and to go, in need or plenty, in peace or war, in living or dying, from this hour henceforth, until my lord release me, or death take me, or the world end.|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[Minas Tirith (chapter)|Minas Tirith]]"}}
 
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{{quote|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]]"}}
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{{quote|I will not forget it, nor fail to reward that which is given: fealty with love, valour with honour, oath-breaking with vengeance.|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[Minas Tirith (chapter)|Minas Tirith]]"}}
 
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{{quote|<nowiki>'</nowiki>Master Meriadoc,' said Aragorn, 'if you think that I have passed through the mountains and the realm of Gondor with fire and sword to bring herbs to a careless soldier who throws away his gear, you are mistaken. If your pack has not been found, then you must send for the herb-master of this House. And he will tell you that he did not know that the herb you desire had any virtues, but that it is called ''westmansweed'' by the vulgar, and ''galenas'' by the noble, and other names in other tongues more learned, and after adding a few half-forgotten rhymes that he does not understand, he will regretfully inform you that there is none in the House, and he will leave you to reflect on the history of tongues. And so now must I. For I have not slept in such a bed as this, since I rode from Dunharrow, nor eaten since the dark before dawn.'|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[The Houses of Healing]]"}}
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{{quote|The rule of no realm is mine, neither of Gondor nor any other, great or small. But all worthy things that are in peril as the world now stands, those are my care. And for my part, I shall not wholly fail of my task, though Gondor should perish, if anything passes through this night that can still grow fair or bear fruit and flower again in days to come. For I also am a steward. Did you not know?|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[Minas Tirith (chapter)|Minas Tirith]]"}}
 
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{{quote|It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule."|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[The Last Debate]]"}}
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{{quote|"What do you fear, lady?" he asked.<br>"A cage," she said. "To stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire."|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[The Passing of the Grey Company]]"}}
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{{quote|Such was the dark Dunharrow, the work of long-forgotten men. Their name was lost and no song or legend remembered it. For what purpose they had made this place, as a town or secret temple or a tomb of kings, none in Rohan could say. Here they laboured in the Dark Years; and now they had vanished, and only the old Púkel-men were left, still sitting at the turnings of the road.|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[The Muster of Rohan]]"}}
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{{quote|Let us remember that a traitor may betray himself and do good that he does not intend. It can be so, sometimes.|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[The Siege of Gondor]]"}}
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{{quote|In rode the Lord of the Nazgûl. A great black shape against the fires beyond he loomed up, grown to a vast menace of despair. In rode the Lord of the Nazgûl, under the archway that no enemy ever yet had passed, and all fled before his face.|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[The Siege of Gondor]]"}}
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{{quote|And in that very moment, away behind in some courtyard of the city, a cock crowed. Shrill and clear he crowed, recking nothing of wizardry or war, welcoming only the morning that in the sky far above the shadows of death was coming with the dawn.<br><br>And as if in answer there came from far away another note. Horns, horns horn. In dark Mindolluin's sides they dimly echoed. Great horns of the North wildly blowing. Rohan had come at last.|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[The Siege of Gondor]]"}}
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{{quote|Arise, arise, Riders of Théoden!<br>Fell deeds awake: fire and slaughter!<br>spear shall be shaken, shield be splintered,<br>a sword-day, a red day, ere the sun rises!<br>Ride now, ride now! Ride to Gondor!|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[The Ride of the Rohirrim]]"}}
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{{quote|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. Éowyn I am, Éomund'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]]"}}
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{{quote|Over the field rang his clear voice calling: "Death! Ride, ride to ruin and the world's ending!"|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[The Battle of the Pelennor Fields]]"}}
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{{quote|So passed the sword of the Barrow-downs, work of Westernesse. But glad would he have been to know its fate who wrought it slowly long ago in the North-kingdom when the Dúnedain were young, and the 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]]'', "[[The Battle of the Pelennor Fields]]"}}
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{{quote|Few other griefs amid the ill chances of this world have more bitterness and shame for a man's heart than to behold the love of a lady so fair and brave that cannot be returned.|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[The Houses of Healing]]"}}
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{{quote|"Master Meriadoc," said Aragorn, "if you think that I have passed through the mountains and the realm of Gondor with fire and sword to bring herbs to a careless soldier who throws away his gear, you are mistaken. If your pack has not been found, then you must send for the herb-master of this House. And he will tell you that he did not know that the herb you desire had any virtues, but that it is called ''westmansweed'' by the vulgar, and ''galenas'' by the noble, and other names in other tongues more learned, and after adding a few half-forgotten rhymes that he does not understand, he will regretfully inform you that there is none in the House, and he will leave you to reflect on the history of tongues. And so now must I. For I have not slept in such a bed as this, since I rode from Dunharrow, nor eaten since the dark before dawn."|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[The Houses of Healing]]"}}
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{{quote|It is the way of my people to use light words at such times and say less than they mean. We fear to say too much. It robs us of the right words when a jest is out of place.|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[The Houses of Healing]]"}}
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{{quote|It is best to love first what you are fitted to love, I suppose: you must start somewhere and have some roots, and the soil of the Shire is deep. Still there are things deeper and higher; and not a gaffer could tend his garden in what he calls peace but for them, whether he knows about them or not.|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[The Houses of Healing]]"}}
 
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{{quote|For upon that road I was put to shame: Gimli Gloin's son, who had deemed himself more tough than Men, and hardier under earth than any Elf. But neither did I prove; and I was held to the road only by the will of Aragorn.|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[The Last Debate]]"}}
 
{{quote|For upon that road I was put to shame: Gimli Gloin's son, who had deemed himself more tough than Men, and hardier under earth than any Elf. But neither did I prove; and I was held to the road only by the will of Aragorn.|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[The Last Debate]]"}}
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{{quote|It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule."|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[The Last Debate]]"}}
 
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{{quote|Dwarf-coat, elf-cloak, blade of the downfallen West, and spy from the little rat-land of the Shire, nay; do not start! We know it well - here are the marks of a conspiracy. Now, maybe he that bore these things was a creature that you would not grieve to lose, and maybe otherwise: one dear to you, perhaps? If so, take swift counsel with what little wit is left to you. For Sauron does not love spies, and what his fate shall be depends now on your choice.|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[The Black Gate Opens]]"}}
 
{{quote|Dwarf-coat, elf-cloak, blade of the downfallen West, and spy from the little rat-land of the Shire, nay; do not start! We know it well - here are the marks of a conspiracy. Now, maybe he that bore these things was a creature that you would not grieve to lose, and maybe otherwise: one dear to you, perhaps? If so, take swift counsel with what little wit is left to you. For Sauron does not love spies, and what his fate shall be depends now on your choice.|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[The Black Gate Opens]]"}}
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{{quote|Wild fantasies arose in his mind; and he saw Samwise the Strong, Hero of the Age, striding with a flaming sword across the darkened land, and armies flocking to his call as he marched to the overthrow of Barad-dûr. And then all the clouds rolled away, and the white sun shone, and at his command the vale of Gorgoroth became a garden of flowers and trees and brought forth fruit. He had only to put on the Ring and claim it for his own, and all this could be.|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[The Tower of Cirith Ungol]]"}}
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{{quote|In western lands beneath the Sun<br>The flowers may rise in Spring,<br>The trees may bud, the waters run,<br>The merry finches sing.<br>Or there maybe 'tis cloudless night<br>And swaying beeches bear<br>The Elven-stars as jewels white<br>Amid their branching hair.|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[The Tower of Cirith Ungol]]"}}
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{{quote|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]]'', "[[The Land of Shadow]]"}}
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{{quote|"I have come," he said. "But I do not choose now to do what I came to do. I will not do this deed. The Ring is mine!" And suddenly, as he set it on his finger, he vanished from Sam's sight.|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[Mount Doom (chapter)|Mount Doom]]"}}
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{{quote|But do you remember Gandalf's words: Even Gollum may have something yet to do? But for him, Sam, I could not have destroyed the Ring. The Quest would have been in vain, even at the bitter end. So let us forgive him! For the Quest is achieved and now all is over. I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam.|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[Mount Doom (chapter)|Mount Doom]]"}}
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{{quote|"A great Shadow has departed," said Gandalf, and then he laughed, and the sound was like music, or like water in a parched land; and has he listened the thought came to Sam that he had not heard laughter, the pure sound of merriment, for days upon days without count. It fell upon his ears like the echo of all the joys he had ever known.|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[The Field of Cormallen]]"}}
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{{quote|To the Sea, to the Sea! The white gulls are crying,<br>The wind is blowing, and the white foam is flying.<br>West, west away, the round sun is falling.<br>Grey ship, grey ship, do you hear them calling.<br>The voices of my people that have gone before me?<br>I will leave, I will leave the woods that bore me;<br>For our days are ending and our years failing.<br>I will pass the wide waters lonely sailing.<br>Long are the waves on the Last Shore falling,<br>Sweet are the voices in the Lost Isle calling,<br>In Eressëa, in Elvenhome that no man can discover,<br>Where the leaves fall not: land of my people for ever!|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[The Field of Cormallen]]"}}
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{{quote|But when Aragorn arose all that beheld him gazed in silence, for it seemed to them that he was revealed to them now for the first time. Tall as the sea-kings of old, he stood above all that were near: ancient of days he seemed and yet in the flower of manhood; and wisdom sat upon his brow, and strength and healing were in his hands, and a light was about him.|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[The Steward and the King]]"}}
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{{quote|This is your realm, and the heart of the greater realm that shall be. The Third Age of the world is ended, and the new age is begun; and it is your task to order its beginning and to preserve what may be preserved. For though much has been saved, much must now pass away.|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[The Steward and the King]]"}}
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{{quote|I am the daughter of Elrond. I shall not go with him now when he departs to the Havens; for mine is the choice of Lúthien, and as she so have I chosen, both the sweet and the bitter.|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[Many Partings]]"}}
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{{quote|Out of doubt, out of dark, to the day's rising<br>he rode singing in the sun, sword unsheathing.<br>Hope he rekindled, and in hope ended;<br>over death, over dread, over doom lifted<br>out of loss, out of life, unto long glory.|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[Many Partings]]"}}
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{{quote|The Road goes ever on and on<br>Out from the door where it began.<br>Now far ahead the Road has gone,<br>Let others follow it who can!<br>Let them a journey new begin,<br>But I at last with weary feet<br>Will turn towards the lighted inn,<br>My evening-rest and sleep to meet.|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[Many Partings]]"}}
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{{quote|There is no real going back. Though I may come to the Shire, it will not seem the same; for I shall not be the same. I am wounded with knife, sting, and tooth, and a long burden. Where shall I find rest?|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[Homeward Bound]]"}}
 
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{{quote|It is useless to meet revenge with revenge: it will heal nothing.|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[The Scouring of the Shire]]"}}
 
{{quote|It is useless to meet revenge with revenge: it will heal nothing.|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[The Scouring of the Shire]]"}}
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{{quote|You have robbed my revenge of sweetness, and now I must go hence in bitterness, in debt to your mercy. I hate it and you! Well, I go and I will trouble you no more. But do not expect me to wish you health and long life. You will have neither. But that is not my doing. I merely foretell.|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[The Scouring of the Shire]]"}}
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{{quote|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: some one has to give them up, lose them, so that others may keep them. But you are my heir: all that I had and might have had I leave to you.|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[The Grey Havens]]"}}
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{{quote|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.|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[The Grey Havens]]"}}
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{{quote|But Sam turned to Bywater, and so came back up the Hill, as day was ending once more. And he went on, and there was yellow light, and fire within; and the evening meal was ready, and he was expected. And Rose drew him in, and set him in his chair, and put little Elanor upon his lap.<br><br>He drew a deep breath. "Well, I'm back," he said.|''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[The Grey Havens]]"}}
  
 
=== The Hobbit ===
 
=== The Hobbit ===
  
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{{Quote|I have chosen Mr. Baggins and that ought to be enough for all of you. If I say he is a Burglar, a Burglar he is, or will be when the time comes. There is a lot more in him than you guess, and a deal more than he has any idea of himself.|''[[The Hobbit]]'', "[[An Unexpected Party]]"}}
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{{Quote|If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.|''[[The Hobbit]]'', "[[The Return Journey]]"}}
 
{{Quote|If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.|''[[The Hobbit]]'', "[[The Return Journey]]"}}
  
 
=== The Silmarillion ===
 
=== The Silmarillion ===
  
{{quote|[[Morgoth]] held hurled aloft [[Grond (Hammer of the Underworld)|Grond, Hammer of the Underworld]], and swung it down like a bolt of thunder. But Fingolfin sprang aside, and [[Grond (Hammer of the Underworld)|Grond]] rent a mighty pit in the earth, whence smoke and fire darted. Many times Morgoth essayed to smite him, and each time [[Fingolfin]] leaped away, as a lightning shoots from under dark cloud; and he wounded Morgoth with seven wounds, and seven times Morgoth gave a cry of anguish, whereat the hosts of [[Angband]] fell upon their faces in dismay, and the cries echoed in the [[Northlands]].|{{S|Fingolfin}}}}
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{{Quote|There was Eru, the One, who in Arda is called Ilúvatar; and he made first the Ainur, the Holy Ones, that were the offspring of his thought, and they were with him before aught else was made. And he spoke to them, propounding to them themes of music; and they sang before him, and he was glad.|{{S|I}}}}
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{{Quote|Fëanor was the mightiest in skill of word and of hand, more learned than his brothers; his spirit burned as a flame. Fingolfin was the strongest, the most steadfast, and the most valiant. Finarfin was the fairest, and the most wise of heart.|{{S|5}}}}
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{{Quote|Their Oath shall drive them, and yet betray them, and ever snatch away the very treasures that they have sworn to pursue.|{{S|9}}}}
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{{Quote|Last of all Húrin stood alone. Then he cast aside his shield, and wielded an axe two-handed; and it is sung that the axe smoked in the black blood of the troll-guard of Gothmog until it withered, and each time that he slew Húrin cried 'Aurë entuluva! Day shall come again!' Seventy times he uttered that cry; but they took him at last alive.|{{S|20}}}}
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{{Quote|The Nazgûl were they; the Ringwraiths, the Enemy's most terribly servants; darkness went with them, and they cried with the voices of death.|{{S|V}}}}
  
 
=== Unfinished Tales ===
 
=== Unfinished Tales ===
  
 
{{quote|When you think of the great Battle of Pelennor, do not forget the Battle of Dale. Think of what might have been. Dragon-fire and savage swords in Eriador! There might be no Queen in Gondor. We might now only hope to return from the victory here to ruin and ash. But that has been averted – because I met Thorin Oakenshield one evening on the edge of spring not far from Bree. A chance-meeting, as we say in Middle-earth.|''[[Unfinished Tales]]'', "[[The Quest of Erebor]]"}}
 
{{quote|When you think of the great Battle of Pelennor, do not forget the Battle of Dale. Think of what might have been. Dragon-fire and savage swords in Eriador! There might be no Queen in Gondor. We might now only hope to return from the victory here to ruin and ash. But that has been averted – because I met Thorin Oakenshield one evening on the edge of spring not far from Bree. A chance-meeting, as we say in Middle-earth.|''[[Unfinished Tales]]'', "[[The Quest of Erebor]]"}}
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''Behold! the hope of Elvenland<br />
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''the fire of Fëanor, Light of Morn''<br />
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''before the sun and moon were born,''<br />
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''thus out of bondage came at last,''<br />
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''from iron to mortal hand it passed.''<br />''
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[[The History of Middle-earth]], [[The Lays of Beleriand]]
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=== Comments ===
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I'm not sure where to place this, but I'll put it here. I think the balance of the overall set of quotes is too far in favour of ''[[The Lord of the Rings|TLOTR]]'', as I think we should have more from other publications, especially ''[[The Hobbit]]'' and ''[[The Silmarillion]]''. What does everyone else think? --{{User:Mith/sig}} 14:19, 4 January 2011 (UTC)
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:I agree. But it's just because I started with quotes from TLOTR. When I'm finished with that I will look for some from the other books. We certainly shouldn't stop when we have 52 quotes but should keep finding new ones until we have enough from every important book. And if you have more great quotes like our present FQ you could post them. --[[User:Eldarion Telcontar|Eldarion Telcontar]] 00:15, 10 January 2011 (UTC)
  
 
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:'''Disagree'''; I think a quote which is more "profound" on the nature of [[Hobbits]] would be better --{{User:Mith/sig}} 14:13, 24 September 2010 (UTC)
 
:'''Disagree'''; I think a quote which is more "profound" on the nature of [[Hobbits]] would be better --{{User:Mith/sig}} 14:13, 24 September 2010 (UTC)
 
=== Fingolfin v. Morgoth ===
 
{{quote|[[Morgoth]] held hurled aloft [[Grond (Hammer of the Underworld)|Grond, Hammer of the Underworld]], and swung it down like a bolt of thunder. But Fingolfin sprang aside, and [[Grond (Hammer of the Underworld)|Grond]] rent a mighty pit in the earth, whence smoke and fire darted. Many times Morgoth essayed to smite him, and each time [[Fingolfin]] leaped away, as a lightning shoots from under dark cloud; and he wounded Morgoth with seven wounds, and seven times Morgoth gave a cry of anguish, whereat the hosts of [[Angband]] fell upon their faces in dismay, and the cries echoed in the [[Northlands]].|{{S|Fingolfin}}}}
 
 
I know it's a longer one - and I don't mind it being made shorter (in fact it probably is a bit too long; maybe from "''Many times...''" onwards) - but I just love it because I have a natural bias towards Fingolfin! Indeed, any of the quotes from this paragraph or the subsequent couple of paragraphs would, I think, be excellent because it captures a key even in the history of [[Arda]] with Tolkien's excellent literary skill. Also, would be good to have a quote about a non-[[Third Age]] event. '''Proposed by:''' --{{User:Mith/sig}} 20:20, 31 December 2009 (UTC)
 
 
:'''Agree''': I like the quote in full. It gives a good idea of the tone of Sil. --{{User:Ederchil/sig}} 22:32, 31 December 2009 (UTC)
 
 
:'''Agree''': Great Quote! Good to have a quote from The Silmarillion... -- [[User:Eldarion Telcontar|Eldarion Telcontar]] 21:04, 24 January 2010 (UTC)
 
 
=== Gandalf at The Last Debate ===
 
{{quote|It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule."|[[The Last Debate]]}}
 
 
'''Proposed by:''' -- [[User:Eldarion Telcontar|Eldarion Telcontar]]
 
 
:'''Agree''' - I like this, it reminds me of my favourite "''All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us''". --{{User:Mith/sig}} 14:15, 24 September 2010 (UTC)
 
 
=== Gandalf on the Departure of Bilbo ===
 
{{quote|You'll find his will and all the other documents in there, I think, "said [[Gandalf|the wizard]].<br>"You are the master of Bag End now. And also, I fancy, you'll find a golden ring."|''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', "[[A Long-expected Party]]"}}
 
 
'''Proposed by:''' -- {{User:Breragor/sig}}
 
 
:'''Agree''': I like this quote because it tells how Frodo gets the ring. It's great how relaxed Gandalf tells Frodo that he has inherited the most powerful object in middle-earth... -- [[User:Eldarion Telcontar|Eldarion Telcontar]] 23:07, 6 March 2010 (UTC)
 
 
:'''Agree''': I love how nonchalant Gandalf is here, it's a good reflection of his true character. If I can agree to my own nomination, then here it is! --{{User:Breragor/sig}} 20:54, 3 April 2010 (UTC)
 
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:'''Undecided''': Maybe just the the second line only (if we follow the rules above, we shouldn't have more than one paragraph). --{{User:Mith/sig}} 14:16, 24 September 2010 (UTC)
 

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Contents

List of nominated quotes

In the last two meetings it was decided to draw up a list of 52 or more quotes in order to have fresh quotes for an entire year. So anyone should feel free to add quotes to the following list or comment on them:

  • 19 quotes from The Fellowship of the Ring
  • 25 quotes from The Two Towers
  • 37 quotes from The Return of The King

The Fellowship of the Ring

"'Proudfeet!' shouted an elderly hobbit from the back of the pavillion. His name, of course, was Proudfoot, and well merited; his feet were large, exceptionally furry, and both were on the table."
The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Long-expected Party"

"The love of the Elves for their land and their works is deeper than the deeps of the Sea, and their regret is undying and cannot ever wholly be assuaged."
The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Mirror of Galadriel"

"You'll find his will and all the other documents in there, I think, "said the wizard.
"You are the master of Bag End now. And also, I fancy, you'll find a golden ring."
"
The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Long-expected Party"

"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 judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends."
The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Shadow of the Past"

"He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom."
The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"

"Despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not."
The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"

"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"

"We must take a hard road, a road unforeseen. There lies our hope, if hope it be. To walk into peril — to Mordor. We must send the Ring to the Fire."
The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"

"Let folly be our cloak, a veil before the eyes of the Enemy! For he is very wise, and weighs all things to a nicety in the scales of his malice. But the only measure that he knows is desire, desire for power; and so he judges all hearts. Into his heart the thought will not enter that any will refuse it, that having the Ring we may seek to destroy it. If we seek this, we shall put him out of reckoning."
The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"

"I had thought of putting: and he lived happily ever afterwards to the end of his days. It is a good ending, and none the worse for having been used before. Now I shall have to alter that: it does not look like coming true."
The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"

""I will take the Ring," he said, "though I do not know the way.""
The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"

""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 Udûn. Go back to the Shadow! You cannot pass.""
The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Bridge of Khazad-dûm"

""Fly you fools!" he cried, and was gone."
The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Bridge of Khazad-dûm"

"Indeed in nothing is the power of the Dark Lord more clearly shown than in the estrangement that divides all those who still oppose him."
The Fellowship of the Ring, "Lothlórien"

"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 grows perhaps the greater."
The Fellowship of the Ring, "Lothlórien"

"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!"
The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Mirror of Galadriel"

"Memory is not what the heart desires. That is only a mirror, be it clear as Kheled-zâram. Or so says the heart of Gimli the Dwarf. Elves may see things otherwise. Indeed I have heard that for them memory is more like to the waking world than to a dream. Not so for Dwarves."
The Fellowship of the Ring, "Farewell to Lórien"

"For the Elves the world moves, and it moves both very swift and very slow. Swift, because they themselves change little, and all else fleets by: it is a grief to them. Slow, because they do not count the running years, not for themselves."
The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Great River"

"It is no good trying to escape you. But I'm glad, Sam. I cannot tell you how glad. Come along! It is plain that we were meant to go together. We will go, and may the others find a safe road!"
The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Breaking of the Fellowship"

The Two Towers

"Gondor! Gondor, between the Mountains and the Sea!
West Wind blew there; the light upon the Silver Tree
Fell like bright rain in gardens of the Kings of old.
O proud walls! White towers! O winged crown and throne of gold!
O Gondor, Gondor! Shall Men behold the Silver Tree,
Or West Wind blow again between the Mountains and the Sea?
"
The Two Towers, "The Riders of Rohan"

"There are some things that it is better to begin than to refuse, even though the end may be dark."
The Two Towers, "The Riders of Rohan"

"Out of the shadows the hobbits peeped, gazing back down the slope:little furtive figures that in the dim light looked like elf-children in the deeps of time peering out of the Wild Wood in wonder at their first dawn."
The Two Towers, "The Uruk-hai"

"Do not be hasty, that is my motto."
The Two Towers, "Treebeard"

"Learn now the lore of Living Creatures!
First name the four, the free peoples:
Eldest of all, the elf-children;
Dwarf the delver, dark are his houses;
Ent the earthborn, old as mountains;
Man the mortal, master of horses.
"
The Two Towers, "Treebeard"

"To Isengard! Though Isengard be ringed and barred with doors of stone;
Though Isengard be strong and hard, as cold as stone and bare as bone,
We go, we go, we go to war, to hew the stone and break the door;
For bole and bough are burning now, the furnace roars - we go to war!
To land of gloom with tramp of doom, with roll of drum, we come, we come;
To Isengard with doom we come!
With doom we come, with doom we come!
"
The Two Towers, "Treebeard"

""Yes, I am white now," said Gandalf. "Indeed I am Saruman, one might almost say, Saruman as he should have been.""
The Two Towers, "The White Rider"

"I was talking aloud to myself. A habit of the old: they choose the wisest person present to speak to; the long explanations needed by the young are wearying."
The Two Towers, "The White Rider"

"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."
The Two Towers, "The White Rider"

"Where now the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing?
Where is the helm and the hauberk, and the bright hair flowing?
Where is the hand on the harpstring, and the red fire glowing?
Where is the spring and the harvest and the tall corn growing?
They have passed like rain on the mountain, like a wind in the meadow;
The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into shadow.
Who shall gather the smoke of the dead wood burning,
Or behold the flowing years from the Sea returning?
"
The Two Towers, "The King of the Golden Hall"

"We are all friends here. Or should be; for the laughter of Mordor will be our only reward, if we quarrel."
The Two Towers, "The King of the Golden Hall"

"Arise now, arise, Riders of Théoden!
Dire deeds awake, dark is it eastward.
Let horse be bridled, horn be sounded!
Forth Eorlingas!
"
The Two Towers, "The King of the Golden Hall"

"To crooked eyes truth may wear a wry face."
The Two Towers, "The King of the Golden Hall"

""So that is the King of Rohan," said Pippin in an undertone. "A fine old fellow. Very polite.""
The Two Towers, "The Road to Isengard"

"Often does hatred hurt itself!"
The Two Towers, "The Voice of Saruman"

"Perilous to us all are the devices of an art deeper than we possess ourselves."
The Two Towers, "The Palantir"

"Tall ships and tall kings
Three times three,
What brought they from the foundered land
Over the flowing sea?
Seven stars and seven stones
And one white tree.
"
The Two Towers, "The Palantír"

"Shadowfax tossed his head and cried aloud, as if a trumpet had summoned him to battle. Then he sprang forward. Fire flew from his feet; night rushed over him."
The Two Towers, "The Palantír"

"Be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends."
The Two Towers, "The Taming of Sméagol"

"It was Sam's first view of a battle of Men against Men, and he did not like it much. He was glad that he could not see the dead face. He wondered what the man's name was and where he came from; and if he was really evil of heart, or what lies or threats had led him on the long march from his home; and if he would not really rather have stayed there in peace-all in a flash of thought which was quickly driven from his mind."
The Two Towers, "Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit"

""For myself," said Faramir, "I would see the White Tree in flower again in the courts of the kings, and the Silver Crown return, and Minas Tirith in peace: Minas Anor again as of old, full of light, high and fair, beautiful as a queen among other queens.""
The Two Towers, "The Window on the West"

"I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend."
The Two Towers, "The Window on the West"

"Who can now hold the fords when the King of the Nine Riders comes? And other armies will come. I am too late. All is lost. I tarried on the way. All is lost. Even if my errand is performed, no one will ever know. There will be no one I can tell. It will be in vain."
The Two Towers, "The Stairs of Cirith Ungol"

"I wonder if we shall ever be put into songs or tales. We're in one, or course; but I mean: put into words, you know, told by the fireside, or read out of a great big book with red and black letters, years and years afterwards. And people will say: "Let's hear about Frodo and the Ring!" And they'll say: "Yes, that's one of my favourite stories. Frodo was very brave. wasn't he, dad?" "Yes, my boy, the famousest of the hobbits, and that's saying a lot.""
The Two Towers, "The Stairs of Cirith Ungol"

"For a fleeting moment, could one of the sleepers have seen him, they would have thought that they beheld an old weary hobbit, shrunken by the years that had carried him far beyond his time, beyond friends and kin, and the fields and streams of youth, an old starved pitiable thing."
The Two Towers, "The Stairs of Cirith Ungol"

The Return of The King

"Here do I swear fealty and service to Gondor, and to the Lord and Steward of the realm, to speak and to be silent, to do and to let be, to come and to go, in need or plenty, in peace or war, in living or dying, from this hour henceforth, until my lord release me, or death take me, or the world end."
The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith"

"I will not forget it, nor fail to reward that which is given: fealty with love, valour with honour, oath-breaking with vengeance."
The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith"

"The rule of no realm is mine, neither of Gondor nor any other, great or small. But all worthy things that are in peril as the world now stands, those are my care. And for my part, I shall not wholly fail of my task, though Gondor should perish, if anything passes through this night that can still grow fair or bear fruit and flower again in days to come. For I also am a steward. Did you not know?"
The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith"

""What do you fear, lady?" he asked.
"A cage," she said. "To stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire."
"
The Return of the King, "The Passing of the Grey Company"

"Such was the dark Dunharrow, the work of long-forgotten men. Their name was lost and no song or legend remembered it. For what purpose they had made this place, as a town or secret temple or a tomb of kings, none in Rohan could say. Here they laboured in the Dark Years; and now they had vanished, and only the old Púkel-men were left, still sitting at the turnings of the road."
The Return of the King, "The Muster of Rohan"

"Let us remember that a traitor may betray himself and do good that he does not intend. It can be so, sometimes."
The Return of the King, "The Siege of Gondor"

"In rode the Lord of the Nazgûl. A great black shape against the fires beyond he loomed up, grown to a vast menace of despair. In rode the Lord of the Nazgûl, under the archway that no enemy ever yet had passed, and all fled before his face."
The Return of the King, "The Siege of Gondor"

"And in that very moment, away behind in some courtyard of the city, a cock crowed. Shrill and clear he crowed, recking 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 away another note. Horns, horns horn. In dark Mindolluin's sides they dimly echoed. Great horns of the North wildly blowing. Rohan had come at last.
"
The Return of the King, "The Siege of Gondor"

"Arise, arise, Riders of Théoden!
Fell deeds awake: fire and slaughter!
spear shall be shaken, shield be splintered,
a sword-day, a red day, ere the sun rises!
Ride now, ride now! Ride to Gondor!
"
The Return of the King, "The Ride of the Rohirrim"

"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. Éowyn I am, Éomund'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"

"Over the field rang his clear voice calling: "Death! Ride, ride to ruin and the world's ending!""
The Return of the King, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"

"So passed the sword of the Barrow-downs, work of Westernesse. But glad would he have been to know its fate who wrought it slowly long ago in the North-kingdom when the Dúnedain were young, and the 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, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"

"Few other griefs amid the ill chances of this world have more bitterness and shame for a man's heart than to behold the love of a lady so fair and brave that cannot be returned."
The Return of the King, "The Houses of Healing"

""Master Meriadoc," said Aragorn, "if you think that I have passed through the mountains and the realm of Gondor with fire and sword to bring herbs to a careless soldier who throws away his gear, you are mistaken. If your pack has not been found, then you must send for the herb-master of this House. And he will tell you that he did not know that the herb you desire had any virtues, but that it is called westmansweed by the vulgar, and galenas by the noble, and other names in other tongues more learned, and after adding a few half-forgotten rhymes that he does not understand, he will regretfully inform you that there is none in the House, and he will leave you to reflect on the history of tongues. And so now must I. For I have not slept in such a bed as this, since I rode from Dunharrow, nor eaten since the dark before dawn.""
The Return of the King, "The Houses of Healing"

"It is the way of my people to use light words at such times and say less than they mean. We fear to say too much. It robs us of the right words when a jest is out of place."
The Return of the King, "The Houses of Healing"

"It is best to love first what you are fitted to love, I suppose: you must start somewhere and have some roots, and the soil of the Shire is deep. Still there are things deeper and higher; and not a gaffer could tend his garden in what he calls peace but for them, whether he knows about them or not."
The Return of the King, "The Houses of Healing"

"For upon that road I was put to shame: Gimli Gloin's son, who had deemed himself more tough than Men, and hardier under earth than any Elf. But neither did I prove; and I was held to the road only by the will of Aragorn."
The Return of the King, "The Last Debate"

"It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.""
The Return of the King, "The Last Debate"

"Dwarf-coat, elf-cloak, blade of the downfallen West, and spy from the little rat-land of the Shire, nay; do not start! We know it well - here are the marks of a conspiracy. Now, maybe he that bore these things was a creature that you would not grieve to lose, and maybe otherwise: one dear to you, perhaps? If so, take swift counsel with what little wit is left to you. For Sauron does not love spies, and what his fate shall be depends now on your choice."
The Return of the King, "The Black Gate Opens"

"Wild fantasies arose in his mind; and he saw Samwise the Strong, Hero of the Age, striding with a flaming sword across the darkened land, and armies flocking to his call as he marched to the overthrow of Barad-dûr. And then all the clouds rolled away, and the white sun shone, and at his command the vale of Gorgoroth became a garden of flowers and trees and brought forth fruit. He had only to put on the Ring and claim it for his own, and all this could be."
The Return of the King, "The Tower of Cirith Ungol"

"In western lands beneath the Sun
The flowers may rise in Spring,
The trees may bud, the waters run,
The merry finches sing.
Or there maybe 'tis cloudless night
And swaying beeches bear
The Elven-stars as jewels white
Amid their branching hair.
"
The Return of the King, "The Tower of Cirith Ungol"

"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, "The Land of Shadow"

""I have come," he said. "But I do not choose now to do what I came to do. I will not do this deed. The Ring is mine!" And suddenly, as he set it on his finger, he vanished from Sam's sight."
The Return of the King, "Mount Doom"

"But do you remember Gandalf's words: Even Gollum may have something yet to do? But for him, Sam, I could not have destroyed the Ring. The Quest would have been in vain, even at the bitter end. So let us forgive him! For the Quest is achieved and now all is over. I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam."
The Return of the King, "Mount Doom"

""A great Shadow has departed," said Gandalf, and then he laughed, and the sound was like music, or like water in a parched land; and has he listened the thought came to Sam that he had not heard laughter, the pure sound of merriment, for days upon days without count. It fell upon his ears like the echo of all the joys he had ever known."
The Return of the King, "The Field of Cormallen"

"To the Sea, to the Sea! The white gulls are crying,
The wind is blowing, and the white foam is flying.
West, west away, the round sun is falling.
Grey ship, grey ship, do you hear them calling.
The voices of my people that have gone before me?
I will leave, I will leave the woods that bore me;
For our days are ending and our years failing.
I will pass the wide waters lonely sailing.
Long are the waves on the Last Shore falling,
Sweet are the voices in the Lost Isle calling,
In Eressëa, in Elvenhome that no man can discover,
Where the leaves fall not: land of my people for ever!
"
The Return of the King, "The Field of Cormallen"

"But when Aragorn arose all that beheld him gazed in silence, for it seemed to them that he was revealed to them now for the first time. Tall as the sea-kings of old, he stood above all that were near: ancient of days he seemed and yet in the flower of manhood; and wisdom sat upon his brow, and strength and healing were in his hands, and a light was about him."
The Return of the King, "The Steward and the King"

"This is your realm, and the heart of the greater realm that shall be. The Third Age of the world is ended, and the new age is begun; and it is your task to order its beginning and to preserve what may be preserved. For though much has been saved, much must now pass away."
The Return of the King, "The Steward and the King"

"I am the daughter of Elrond. I shall not go with him now when he departs to the Havens; for mine is the choice of Lúthien, and as she so have I chosen, both the sweet and the bitter."
The Return of the King, "Many Partings"

"Out of doubt, out of dark, to the day's rising
he rode singing in the sun, sword unsheathing.
Hope he rekindled, and in hope ended;
over death, over dread, over doom lifted
out of loss, out of life, unto long glory.
"
The Return of the King, "Many Partings"

"The Road goes ever on and on
Out from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
Let others follow it who can!
Let them a journey new begin,
But I at last with weary feet
Will turn towards the lighted inn,
My evening-rest and sleep to meet.
"
The Return of the King, "Many Partings"

"There is no real going back. Though I may come to the Shire, it will not seem the same; for I shall not be the same. I am wounded with knife, sting, and tooth, and a long burden. Where shall I find rest?"
The Return of the King, "Homeward Bound"

"It is useless to meet revenge with revenge: it will heal nothing."
The Return of the King, "The Scouring of the Shire"

"You have robbed my revenge of sweetness, and now I must go hence in bitterness, in debt to your mercy. I hate it and you! Well, I go and I will trouble you no more. But do not expect me to wish you health and long life. You will have neither. But that is not my doing. I merely foretell."
The Return of the King, "The Scouring of the Shire"

"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: some one has to give them up, lose them, so that others may keep them. But you are my heir: all that I had and might have had I leave to you."
The Return of the King, "The Grey Havens"

"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."
The Return of the King, "The Grey Havens"

"But Sam turned to Bywater, and so came back up the Hill, as day was ending once more. And he went on, and there was yellow light, and fire within; and the evening meal was ready, and he was expected. And Rose drew him in, and set him in his chair, and put little Elanor upon his lap.

He drew a deep breath. "Well, I'm back," he said.
"
The Return of the King, "The Grey Havens"

The Hobbit

"I have chosen Mr. Baggins and that ought to be enough for all of you. If I say he is a Burglar, a Burglar he is, or will be when the time comes. There is a lot more in him than you guess, and a deal more than he has any idea of himself."
The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."
The Hobbit, "The Return Journey"

The Silmarillion

"There was Eru, the One, who in Arda is called Ilúvatar; and he made first the Ainur, the Holy Ones, that were the offspring of his thought, and they were with him before aught else was made. And he spoke to them, propounding to them themes of music; and they sang before him, and he was glad."
J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Ainulindalë: The Music of the Ainur"

"Fëanor was the mightiest in skill of word and of hand, more learned than his brothers; his spirit burned as a flame. Fingolfin was the strongest, the most steadfast, and the most valiant. Finarfin was the fairest, and the most wise of heart."
J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië"

"Their Oath shall drive them, and yet betray them, and ever snatch away the very treasures that they have sworn to pursue."
J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Flight of the Noldor"

"Last of all Húrin stood alone. Then he cast aside his shield, and wielded an axe two-handed; and it is sung that the axe smoked in the black blood of the troll-guard of Gothmog until it withered, and each time that he slew Húrin cried 'Aurë entuluva! Day shall come again!' Seventy times he uttered that cry; but they took him at last alive."
J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"

"The Nazgûl were they; the Ringwraiths, the Enemy's most terribly servants; darkness went with them, and they cried with the voices of death."
J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"

Unfinished Tales

"When you think of the great Battle of Pelennor, do not forget the Battle of Dale. Think of what might have been. Dragon-fire and savage swords in Eriador! There might be no Queen in Gondor. We might now only hope to return from the victory here to ruin and ash. But that has been averted – because I met Thorin Oakenshield one evening on the edge of spring not far from Bree. A chance-meeting, as we say in Middle-earth."
Unfinished Tales, "The Quest of Erebor"

The Lays of Beleriand

Behold! the hope of Elvenland
the fire of Fëanor, Light of Morn
before the sun and moon were born,
thus out of bondage came at last,
from iron to mortal hand it passed.

The History of Middle-earth, The Lays of Beleriand

Comments

I'm not sure where to place this, but I'll put it here. I think the balance of the overall set of quotes is too far in favour of TLOTR, as I think we should have more from other publications, especially The Hobbit and The Silmarillion. What does everyone else think? --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 14:19, 4 January 2011 (UTC)

I agree. But it's just because I started with quotes from TLOTR. When I'm finished with that I will look for some from the other books. We certainly shouldn't stop when we have 52 quotes but should keep finding new ones until we have enough from every important book. And if you have more great quotes like our present FQ you could post them. --Eldarion Telcontar 00:15, 10 January 2011 (UTC)

Featured Quote Nominations

There have never really been any standards for a Featured Quote, but let us begin. Following the general model of the Featured Article, let's specify a nomination followed by five affirmative votes; state either Agree or Disagree. The nominated quote should not exceed a single paragraph.

Tolkien's Own

"The Hobbits are just rustic English people, made small in size because it reflects the generally small reach of their imagination --not the small reach of their courage or latent power."
J.R.R. Tolkien
Disagree; though, yes, Tolkien wrote them all, the first and third are in-universe and should thus be attributed to their respective characters. -- Ederchil (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 07:56, 3 February 2009 (UTC)
Undecided -I think if you add "- not the small reach of their courage or latent power" to the end, then I might agree.-- KingAragorn  talk  contribs  edits  email  17:00, 19 February 2009 (UTC)
Disagree; I think a quote which is more "profound" on the nature of Hobbits would be better --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 14:13, 24 September 2010 (UTC)