Here is our list of the best quotes from Peter Jackson’s fantasy adventure prequel, The Hobbit Trilogy, based on the novel “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien. The story follows Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who is convinced by the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) to join a group of dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), on a quest to reclaim the kingdom of Erebor. The journey takes Bilbo on a path through treacherous lands swarming with orcs, goblins, the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch), and other dangers, not the least of which is an encounter with Gollum (Andy Serkis) and a simple gold ring that is tied to the fate of Middle Earth in ways Bilbo cannot even fathom.
1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)'It is the small things, everyday deeds of ordinary folk, that keep the darkness at bay. Simple acts of kindness and love.' - Gandalf (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) Click To Tweet
Old Bilbo: My dear Frodo, you asked me once if I had told you everything there was to know about my adventures. And while I can honestly say I have told you the truth, I may not have told you all of it. I am old now Frodo. I’m not the same hobbit I once was. I think it is time for you to know what really happened.
Old Bilbo: It began long ago in a land far away to the East. The like of which you will not find in the world today. There was the city of Dale. Its markets known far and wide, full of the bounties of vine and vale, peaceful and prosperous. For this city lay before the doors of the greatest kingdom in Middle-Earth, Erebor. Stronghold of Thror, king under the mountain. The mightiest of the dwarf lords. Thror ruled with utter surety, never doubting his house would endure, for his line lay secure in the lives of his son and grandson.
Old Bilbo: Ah, Frodo. Erebor. Built deep within the mountain itself, the beauty of this fortress city was legend. Its wealth lay in the earth, in precious gems hewn from rock, and in great seams of gold running like rivers through stone. The skill of the dwarves was unequaled. Fashioning objects of great beauty, out of diamond, emerald, ruby and sapphire. Ever they delved deeper down into the dark, and that is where they found it. The heart of the mountain, the Arkenstone. Thror named it the king’s jewel. He took it as a sign, a sign that his right to rule was divine. All would pay homage to him. Even the great Elven king, Thranduil. But the years of peace and plenty were not to last. Slowly the days turned sour, and the watchful nights closed in.
Old Bilbo: [moviequotesandmore.com] Thror’s love of gold had grown too fierce. A sickness had begun to grow within him. It was a sickness of the mind. And where sickness thrives bad things will follow.
Old Bilbo: Robbed of their homeland, the dwarves of Erebor wandered the wilderness. The once mighty people brought low. The young dwarf prince took work where he could find it, laboring in the villages of men. But always, he remembered the mountain smoke beneath the moon, the trees like torches blazing bright, where he had seen dragon fire in the sky, and a city turn to ash. And he never forgave, and he never forgot.
Old Bilbo: That, my dear Frodo, is where I come in. For quite by chance, and the will of a wizard, fate decided I would become part of this tale. It began, well, it began as you might expect. In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole full of worms and oozy smells. This was a hobbit hole. And that means good food, a warm hearth, and all the comforts of home.
2. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)'Such is the nature of evil. Out there in the vast ignorance of the world it festers and spreads. A shadow that grows in the dark. A sleepless malice as black as the oncoming wall of night. So it ever was. So will it always be.' Click To Tweet
Beorn: [to Thorin] I don’t like dwarves. They’re greedy and blind. Blind to the lives of those they deem lesser than their own. But Orcs I hate more.
Gandalf: You’ve changed, Bilbo Baggins. You’re not the same hobbit as the one who left the Shire.
Bilbo: I was going to tell you. I found something in the Goblin tunnels.
Gandalf: [Bilbo hesitates as he holds onto the ring in his pocket] Found what? What did you find?
Bilbo: My courage.
Gandalf: Good. Well, that’s good. You’ll need it.
Legolas: [looking at one of the pictures] Who is this? Your brother?
Gloin: That is my wife!
Legolas: [looking at the other picture] And what is this horrid creature? A Goblin Mutant?
Gloin: That’s my wee lad, Gimli!
Kili: [moviequotesandmore.com] Aren’t you going to search me? I could have anything down my trousers?
Tauriel: Or nothing.
Legolas: [referring to Kili, in Elvish] Why does that Dwarf stare at you, Tauriel?
Tauriel: Who can say? He’s quite tall for a Dwarf. Do you not think?
Legolas: Taller than some, but no less ugly.
Thranduil: I will let you go, if you but return what is mine.
Thorin: A favor for a favor.
Thranduil: You have my word. One King to another.
Thorin: I would not trust, Thranduil, the great King, to only his word, should the end of all days be upon us!
Thorin: You, lack all honor! I have seen how you treat your friends! We came to you once, starving, homeless, seeking your help. But you turned your back! You, turned away from the suffering of my people and the inferno that destroyed us!
3. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)'If more people valued home above gold, this world would be a merrier place.' - Thorin (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies) Click To Tweet
Dwalin: Thorin, we all would see the stone returned.
Thorin: And yet it’s still not found!
Balin: Do you doubt the loyalty of anyone here? The Arkenstone is the birthright of our people.
Thorin: It is the King’s jewel. Am I not the King?! Know this, if anyone should find it and withhold it from me, I will be avenged.
Thorin: What is that? In your hand.
Bilbo: It’s nothing.
Thorin: Show me.
Bilbo: I picked it up in Beorn’s garden.
Thorin: You’ve carried it all this way?
Bilbo: I’m going to plant it in my garden. In Bag End.
Thorin: It’s a poor prize to take back to the Shire.
Bilbo: One day it’ll grow. And every time I look at it, I’ll remember. Remember everything that happened, the good, the bad, and how lucky I am that I made it home.
Bard: What news from the night watch?
Alfrid: All quiet, Sire. Not much to report. Nothing gets past me.
Bard: Except an army of Elves, it would seem.
Bard: [moviequotesandmore.com] You have saved us. I do not know how to thank you.
Thranduil: Your gratitude is misplaced. I did not come on your behalf. I came to reclaim something of mine.
Thorin: This vest is made of silver steel. Mithril it was called by my forebears. No blade can pierce it.
Bilbo: [puts on the vest] I look absurd. I’m not a warrior, I’m a Hobbit.
Thorin: It is a gift, a token of our friendship. True friends are hard to come by.
Bilbo: Thorin, the quest is fulfilled. You’ve won the Mountain. Is that not enough?
Thorin: Betrayed by my own kin.
Bilbo: No, you made a promise to the people of Lake-town. Now is this treasure truly worth more than your honor? Our honor, Thorin. I was also there. I gave my word.
Thorin: For that, I’m grateful. It was nobly done. But the treasure in this Mountain does not belong to the people of Lake-town. This gold is ours, and ours alone. With my life I will not part with a single coin. Not one piece of it.