52 Epic ‘Lord of the Rings’ Quotes From The Books And Movies

52 Lord of the Rings Quotes To Enjoy Over Second Breakfast

January 18, 2021 Updated October 27, 2021

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Of all the epic works within the fantasy genre, J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings might be the most read and the most loved. There are just so many unique aspects of the world he created. From the actual lands, like the Shire, to the characters, there’s something that appeals to everyone. Each character comes with their very own fun and unique personality, ranging from the surly dwarf Gimli to the at-once brave and a bit neurotic Bilbo. No two characters are even 75 percent similar! Shoot, he created a whole culture within the Shire that relates entirely to Hobbits only. And then there’s the actual travel the Fellowship undertakes. Who doesn’t love an epic adventure full of fire, magic, and brave heroes? No one, that’s who. Everyone loves a good hero, and Tolkien gave us not one but a whole hoard of ’em — and, along with those heroes, a whole hoard of timeless Lord of the Rings quotes.

Of course, it’s Gandalf who really guides us and offers some truly exceptional advice throughout the books and movies. He certainly wasn’t alone in serving up words of wisdom, though. These quotes from Gandalf and the gang are far from the only great moments in Lord of the Rings (and admittedly, some are sad quotes), but they’re certainly some of our favorites.

Lord of the Ring Quotes: Gandalf

LOTR Quotes: Gandalf
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  1. “A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.”
  2. “He that breaks a thing to find out what it is, has left the path of wisdom.”
  3. When in doubt, follow your nose.”
  4. “Death is just another path, one that we all must take.”
  5. “You shall not pass!”
  6. “One ring to rule them all. One ring to find them. One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them!”
  7. “The burned hand teaches best. After that, advice about fire goes to the heart.”
  8. “All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you.”
  9. “Who knows? Have patience. Go where you must go, and hope!”
  10. “Despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.”
  11. Bilbo: “No, thank you! We don’t want any more visitors, well-wishers, or distant relations!”
    Gandalf: “And what about very old friends?”

Lord of the Rings Quotes: Frodo & Bilbo

LOTR Quotes: Frodo
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  1. “Gandalf, my old friend, this will be a night to remember.” — Bilbo
  2. “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.” — Bilbo
  3. “I thought up an ending for my book: ‘And he lived happily ever after, unto the end of his days.'” — Bilbo
  4. “It is useless to meet revenge with revenge. It will heal nothing.” — Frodo
  5. “I don’t know, and I would rather not guess.” — Frodo
  6. “I’m glad to be with you, Samwise Gamgee… here at the end of all things.” — Frodo
  7. “Not all those who wander are lost.” — Bilbo

Lord of the Rings Quotes: Sam

LOTR Quotes: Sam
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  1. “It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.”
  2. “There’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.”
  3. “I’m coming, Mr. Frodo.”
  4. “It’s like in the great stories, my Frodo. The ones that really mattered… and sometimes you didn’t want to know the end, because how could the end be happy? But, in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass.”
  5. Potatoes. Boil ’em, mash ’em, stick ’em in a stew.”
  6. “I can’t carry it for you, but I can carry you.”
  7. “Do you remember the taste of strawberries?”
  8.  “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.”
  9. “Books ought to have good endings. How would this do? ‘And they all settled down and lived together happily ever after.'”
  10. Snow’s all right on a fine morning, but I like to be in bed when it’s falling.”

From the Rest of the Fellowship

LOTR Quotes: Merry and Pippin
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  1. “Not the beard!” — Gimli
  2. “Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.” — Gimli
  3. “Nobody tosses a Dwarf!” — Gimli
  4. “One does not simply walk into Mordor.” — Boromir
  5. Legolas: “Lembas! Elvish waybread. One small bite is enough to fill the stomach of a grown man.”
    Merry: “How many did you eat?”
    Pippin: “Four.”
  6. Aragorn: “Gentlemen, we do not stop till nightfall.”
    Pippin: “What about breakfast?”
    Aragorn: “Haven’t you had that already?”
    Pippin: “We’ve had one, yes. What about second breakfast?”
  7. “I would have gone with you to the end, into the very fires of Mordor.” — Aragorn
  8. “A hunted man sometimes wearies of distrust and longs for friendship.” — Aragorn
  9. “It is but a shadow and a thought that you love. I cannot give you what you seek.” — Aragorn
  10. “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” — Aragorn
  11. “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” — Queen Galadriel
  12. Frodo: “Go back, Sam! I’m going to Mordor alone!”
    Sam: “Of course you are, and I’m coming with you!”
  13. “It came to me. It’s mine, my own, my love, my precious.” — Gollum
  14. “And to that, I hold. I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.” — Arwen
  15. “Yet such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world. Small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.” — Elrond
  16. “It is a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt over so small a thing, such a little thing.” — Boromir
  17. “All’s well that ends better.” — Hamfast
  18. “You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.” — J.R.R. Tolkien
  19. “Let him not vow to walk in the dark, who has not seen the nightfall.” — Elrond
  20. “Home is behind, the world ahead, and there are many paths to tread through shadows to the edge of night, until the stars are all alight.” — J.R.R. Tolkien
  21. “Your time will come. You will face the same Evil, and you will defeat it.” — Arwen
  22. “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” — Thorin Oakenshield
  23. “But do not despise the lore that has come down from distant years; for oft, it may chance that old wives keep in memory word of things that once were needful for the wise to know.” — Celeborn
  24. “This day does not belong to one man but to all. Let us together rebuild this world that we may share in the days of peace.” — Aragorn