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Successful nominations

The Hobbit

14 April 2007 - 13 August 2008

"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort."
The Hobbit, An Unexpected Party

Legolas speaking of Imrahil

13 August 2008 - 12 November 2009

"That is a fair lord and a great captain of men. If Gondor has such men still in these days of fading, great must have been its glory in the days of its rising."
Legolas speaking of Prince Imrahil, The Return of the King, The Last Debate
Agree. Wonderful quote. -- Ederchil 12:30, 31 July 2008 (EDT)
Agree. Beautiful words. :) ~~ Þelma 13:30, 4 August 2008 (EDT)
Agree. Truly beautiful words. -- Eldarion Telcontar 14:11, 12 August 2008 (EDT)
Agree. Thought-provoking. -- Ingwe
Agree. Looks good to me, updating the Main Page right now.-- Hyarion

Elrond-Gimli exchange

12 November 2009 - 2 January 2011

"Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens," said Gimli.
"Maybe," said Elrond, "but let him not vow to walk in the dark, who has not seen the nightfall.
The Fellowship of the Ring, The Ring Goes South
Agree. Though technically, I'd agree with any quote nom. What happened to the system? Was it to be weekly or monthly? -- Ederchil (Talk/Contribs/Edits)
Very true, anything for a change. Perhaps an automated system that selected a quote from a database would be better, I seem to recall seeing that discussed somewhere a while ago. Agree. --Aule the Smith 21:48, 4 October 2008 (UTC)
Agree. Quite proverbial. -Ingwe
Agree - Very interesting quotation.-- KingAragorn  talk  contribs  edits  email  17:27, 6 October 2008 (UTC)
Agree - It definetely makes you think (obviously it's Elrond)--Breragor
Agree Ok, so should we put to this quote up? The current one was here the last time I've visited TG, which was a long time ago, so this is not good. :) I think we all agree the above one is a wonderful quote. ~~ Þelma 00:47, 27 October 2009 (UTC)

Fingolfin v. Morgoth

2 January 2011 - 24 June 2011

"Morgoth held hurled aloft Grond, Hammer of the Underworld, and swung it down like a bolt of thunder. But Fingolfin sprang aside, and 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."
J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of 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: --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 20:20, 31 December 2009 (UTC)

Agree: I like the quote in full. It gives a good idea of the tone of Sil. --Ederchil (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 22:32, 31 December 2009 (UTC)
Agree: Great Quote! Good to have a quote from The Silmarillion... -- Eldarion Telcontar 21:04, 24 January 2010 (UTC)


24 June 2011 - 4 February 2012

"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"

Chosen unilaterally by User:Mith due to lack of successful nominations.


4 February 2012 - 23 August 2014

"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."
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Mount Doom"

Chosen unilaterally by User:Mith due to lack of successful nominations.

Frodo and the Shire

23 August 2014 - 3 December 2014

"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"

Chosen unilaterally by User:Mith due to lack of successful nominations.

Gandalf's Burglar

3 December 2014 - 26 November 2017

"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"

Chosen unilaterally by User:Mith due to lack of successful nominations.

Grey Havens

26 November 2017 - 25 December 2018

"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"

Chosen unilaterally by User:Mith due to lack of successful nominations.

White Rider

25 December 2018 - present

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"

Chosen unilaterally by User:Mith due to lack of successful nominations.

Unsuccessful nominations

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)