Here is our list of the best quotes from Peter Jackson’s The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy based on the novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, now considered as some of the best fantasy movies made.
1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
‘It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life.’ – Bilbo (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring) Click To Tweet
The story is set in Middle-earth where the Dark Lord Sauron (Christopher Lee), is seeking the One Ring, an instrument of unparalleled evil. After The Ring is passed onto the young hobbit Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), The fate of Middle-earth hangs in the balance as Frodo and eight companions, including the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), the rightful King of Gondor, who form the Fellowship of the Ring, begin their epic journey to the fires of Mount Doom in Mordor, where The Ring was forged and the only place it can be destroyed.
Frodo: You’re late
Gandalf: A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.
Bilbo: I’ve thought up an ending for my book, “And he lived happily ever after to the end of his days.”
Gandalf: And I’m sure you will, my dear friend.
Aragorn: Gentlemen, we do not stop till nightfall.
Pippin: What about breakfast?
Aragorn: You’ve already had it.
Pippin: We’ve had one, yes. What about second breakfast?
[Aragorn starts to walk away]
Merry: I don’t think he knows about second breakfast, Pip.
Pippin: What about elevenses? Luncheon? Afternoon tea? Dinner? Supper? He knows about them, doesn’t he?
Merry: I wouldn’t count on it.
Arwen: I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone. I choose a mortal life.
[gives Aragorn her pendant]
Aragorn: You cannot give me this.
Arwen: It is mine to give to whom I will, like my heart.
Gandalf: Evil will be drawn to you from outside the fellowship. And, I fear, from within.
Frodo: Who then do I trust?
Gandalf: You must trust yourself. Trust your own strengths.
[referring to Gollum]
Frodo: It’s a pity Bilbo didn’t kill him when he had the chance.
Gandalf: Pity? It is pity that stayed Bilbo’s hand. Many that live deserve death. Some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them, Frodo? Do not be too eager to deal out death and judgment. Even the very wise cannot see all ends. My heart tells me that Gollum has some part to play yet, for good or ill before this is over. The pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many.
Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: 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 to us. There are other forces at work in this world, Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the ring. In which case, you also were meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought.
[on the bridge, to the Balrog]
Gandalf: I am a servant of the secret fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn! Go back to the Shadow. You shall not pass!
Galadriel: You are a ring-bearer, Frodo. To bear a ring of power is to be alone. This is Nenya, the ring of Adamant, and I am its keeper. This task was appointed to you, and if you do not find a way, no one will.
Frodo: Then I know what I must do. It’s just, I’m afraid to do it.
Galadriel: Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.
Boromir: The world of men will fall and all will come to darkness, and 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: Our people. Our people. I would have followed you, my brother. My captain. My king.
Aragorn: Be at peace, son of Gondor.
Sam: I made a promise, Mr. Frodo. A promise, “Don’t you leave him, Samwise Gamgee.” And I don’t mean to. I don’t mean to.
Frodo: Oh, Sam. Come on.
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
‘There's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for.’ – Sam (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers) Click To Tweet
Second installment of the epic fantasy follows the continuing quest of Frodo and Sam (Sean Astin) as they journey on towards Mordor to destroy the One Ring, where they discover they are being followed by the mysterious Gollum (Andy Serkis), the Ring’s former owner. Aragorn, Legolas (Orlando Bloom), and Gimli (John Rhys-Davies), encounter the besieged Rohan kingdom and are reunited with the resurrected Gandalf, before fighting at the Battle of Helm’s Deep. Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) escape capture, meet Treebeard the Ent, and help to plan an attack on Isengard.
[Theodon picks a flower]
Theoden: Simbelmyn. Ever has it grown on the tombs of my forbearers. Now it shall cover the grave of my son. Alas that these evil days should be mine. The young perish and the old linger. That I should live to see the last days of my house.
Gandalf: Theodred’s death was not of your making.
Theoden: No parent should have to bury their child.
[Theodon starts sobbing]
Gandalf: He was strong in life. His spirit will find its way to the halls of your fathers.
Sam: It’s the Ring. You can’t take your eyes off it. I’ve seen you. You’re not eating. You barely sleep. It’s taken hold of you, Mr. Frodo. You have to fight it.
Frodo: I know what I have to do, Sam. The Ring was entrusted to me. It’s my task. Mine! My own!
Sam: Can’t you hear yourself? Don’t you know who you sound like?
[referring to the Ring]
Gollum: We wants it. We needs it. Must have the precious. They stole it from us. Sneaky little Hobbitses. Wicked. Tricksy. False!
Sam: What we need is a few good taters.
Gollum: What’s taters, precious? What’s taters, eh?
Sam: Po-ta-toes. Boil them, mash them, stick them in a stew. Lovely, big, golden chips with a nice piece of fried fish. Even you couldn’t say no to that.
Gollum: Oh, yes, we could. Spoil a nice fish. Give it to us raw and wriggling. You keep nasty chips.
Sam: You’re hopeless.
Theoden: Where is the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing? They have passed like rain on the mountains. Like wind in the meadow. The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into Shadow. How did it come to this?
[not being able to see over the wall]
Gimli: What’s happening out there?
Legolas: Shall I describe it to you? Or would you like me to find you a box?
Theoden: So much death. What can men do against such reckless hate?
Frodo: I can’t do this, Sam.
Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights, we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end, because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines, it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding on to, Sam?
Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.
3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
‘The journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take.’ – Gandalf (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) Click To Tweet
Final installment of Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy, where we see Frodo, Sam and Gollum making their final way toward Mount Doom in Mordor in order to destroy the One Ring. While Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas and the rest join forces together against Sauron and his evil army at the stone city of Minas Tirith.
Pippin: Is there any hope, Gandalf, for Frodo and Sam?
Gandalf: There never was much hope. Just a fool’s hope.
Faramir: You are to join the tower guard.
Pippin: I didn’t think they would find any livery that would fit me.
Faramir: It once belonged to a young boy of the city. A very foolish one, who wasted many hours slaying dragons instead of attending to his studies.
Pippin: This was yours?
Faramir: Yes, it was mine. My father had it made for me.
Pippin: Well, I’m taller than you were then. Though I’m not likely to grow anymore, except sideways.
[they both laugh]
Pippin: I didn’t think it would end this way.
Gandalf: End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. 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.
Pippin: What, Gandalf? See what?
Gandalf: White shores and beyond. A far green country under a swift sunrise.
Pippin: Well, that isn’t so bad.
Gandalf: No. No, it isn’t.
Gimli: Certainty of death. Small chance of success. What are we waiting for?
Aragorn: [to his army] Hold your ground! Hold your ground. Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of Men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship. But it is not this day. 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! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!
Gimli: Never thought I’d die fighting side by side with an Elf.
Legolas: What about side by side with a friend?
Gimli: Aye. I could do that.
[exhausted as they try to reach Mordor]
Sam: Do you remember the Shire, Mr. Frodo? It’ll be spring soon. And the orchards will be in blossom. And the birds will be nesting in the hazel thicket. And they’ll be sowing the summer barley in the lower fields and eating the first of the strawberries with cream. Do you remember the taste of strawberries?
Frodo: No, Sam. I can’t recall the taste of food, nor the sound of water, nor the touch of grass. I’m naked in the dark. There’s nothing. No veil between me and the wheel of fire. I can see him with my waking eyes.
Sam: Then let us be rid of it, once and for all. Come on, Mr. Frodo. I can’t carry it for you, but I can carry you. Come on!
[to Frodo, Sam, Pippin, and Merry as they are about to kneel before him]
Aragorn: My friends, you bow to no one.
[Aragorn kneels, the kingdom follows suit, as they all kneel to the Hobbits]
Frodo: [voice over] How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on when in your heart you begin to understand there is no going back? There are some things that time cannot mend, some hurts that go too deep that have taken hold.
Galadriel: The power of the Three Rings is ended. The time has come for the dominion of Men.
Elrond: [in Elvish] The sea calls us home.
Bilbo: I think I’m quite ready for another adventure.
Gandalf: Farewell, my brave Hobbits. My work is now finished. Here at last, on the shores of the sea, comes the end of our Fellowship. I will not say, “Do not weep,” for not all tears are an evil.
[as they are about to board the Elves ship]
Gandalf: It is time, Frodo.
Sam: What does he mean?
Frodo: We set out to save the Shire, Sam. And it has been saved. But not for me.
Sam: You don’t mean that. You can’t leave.
[he gives Sam the Red Book]
Frodo: The last pages are for you, Sam.
Frodo: [voice over] My dear Sam. You cannot always be 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. Your part in the story will go on.