120 Lord of the Rings Quotes

Travel back to Middle Earth with these Lord of the Rings quotes. Whether you’re a fan of the series who’s followed the trilogy from the books to the movies, this carefully curated selection of quotes will bring light to the work’s themes of lust for power, war between good and evil, responsibility, and camaraderie.

This epic trilogy set the stage for the fantasy genre in the 20th century. Beloved by fans and casual readers alike, let’s explore J.R.R. Tolkien’s mythical world through the collection below.

Let’s get started.

Best Lord of the Rings Quotes

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1. “All that is gold does not glitter. Not all those who wander are lost.” – Bilbo Baggins

2. “I am Gandalf the White. And I come back to you now, at the turn of the tide.” – Gandalf

3. “The world is full enough of hurts and mischances without wars to multiply them.” – Warden

4. “Three hundred lives of men I have walked this earth, and now I have no time.” – Gandalf

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5. “Where there’s life, there’s hope.” – Bilbo Baggins

6. “Fly, you fools!” – Gandalf

7. “There are some things that it is better to begin than to refuse, even though the end may be dark.” – Aragorn

8. “The hasty stroke goes often astray.” – Aragorn

9. “It is a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt over so small a thing. Such a little thing.” – Boromir

Lord of the Rings Quotes on Darkness and Sacrifice

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10. “I will take the Ring, though I do not know the way.” – Frodo Baggins

11. “There is no curse in Elvish, Entish, or the tongues of Men for this treachery.” – Treebeard

12. “Death is just another path—one that we all must take.” – Gandalf

13. “Your time will come. You will face the same evil, and you will defeat it.” – Arwen

14. “It is useless to meet revenge with revenge. It will heal nothing.” – Frodo Baggins

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15. “War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but 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.” – Faramir

16. “Do not come between the Nazgul and his prey.” – Witch-king of Angmar

17. “In the place of a Dark Lord, you would have a Queen! Not dark, but beautiful and terrible as the morn! Treacherous as the seas! Stronger than the foundations of the Earth! All shall love me and despair!” – Lady Galadriel

18. “The Age of Men is over. The Time of the Orc has come.” – Gothmog

19. “The mightiest man may be slain by one arrow.” – Pippin

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20. “It is perilous to study too deeply the arts of the enemy, for good or for ill.” – Elrond

21. “From the ashes, a fire shall be woken. A light from the shadow shall spring. Renewed shall be blade that was broken. The crownless again shall be king.” – Arwen

22. “There is only one Lord of the Ring—only one who can bend it to his will. And he does not share power.” – Gandalf

23. “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.” – Haldir

24. “He that breaks a thing to find out what it is, has left the path of wisdom.” – Gandalf

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25. “The board is set, the pieces are moving. We come to it at last, the great battle of our time.” – Gandalf

26. “Often does hatred hurt itself!” – Gandalf

27. “The reason for my waking mind tells me that great evil has befallen and we stand at the end of days.” – Faramir

28. “One does not simply walk into Mordor. Its black gates are guarded by more than just orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep, and the Great Eye is ever watchful. It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire, and ash, and dust. The very air you breathe is a poisonous fume. Not with ten thousand men could you do this. It is folly.” – Boromir

29. “I will be dead before I see the ring in the hands of an elf! Never trust an elf!” – Gimli

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30. “But the only measure that he knows is desire—desire for power; and so he judges all hearts.” – Gandalf

31. “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.” – Gandalf

32. “It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the success 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.” – Gandalf

33. “Then darkness took me, and I strayed out of thought and time, and I wandered far on roads that I will not tell. Naked I was sent back—for a brief time, until my task was done.” – Gandalf

34. “Deep is the abyss that is spanned by Durin’s Bridge, and none has measured it.” – Gimli

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35. “The wish to wield it would be too great for my strength. I shall have such a need for it. Great perils lie before me.” – Gandalf

36. “The treacherous are ever distrustful.” – Gandalf

37. “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.” – Haldir

38. “Let him not vow to walk in the dark, who has not seen the nightfall.” – Elrond

39. “Show them no mercy for you shall receive none!” – Aragorn

Lord of the Rings Quotes on Bonds and Friendship

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40. “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.” – Aragorn

41. “Sam is an excellent fellow and would jump down a dragon’s throat to save you, if he did not trip over his own feet.” – Pippin

42. “For behold! the storm comes, and now all friends should gather together, lest each singly be destroyed.” – Gandalf

43. “A hunted man sometimes wearies of distrust and longs for friendship.” – Aragorn

44. “I’m glad to be with you, Samwise Gamgee, here at the end of all things.” – Frodo Baggins

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45. “Here at last, on the shores of the sea comes the end of our Fellowship.” – Gandalf

46. “Before you came along, we Bagginses were very well thought of.” – Frodo Baggins

47. “For the time will soon come when Hobbits will shape the fortunes of all.” – Gandalf

48. “Hobbits really are amazing creatures. You can learn all that there is to know about them in a month, and yet after a hundred years, they can still surprise you.” – Gandalf

49. “My heart says nay; and all my limbs are light, and a hope and joy come to me that no reason can deny.” – Faramir

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50. “I made a promise, Mr Frodo. A promise.” – Samwise Gamgee

51. “And to that I hold. I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.” – Arwen

52. “And then her heart changed, or at least she understood it; and the winter passed, and the sun shone upon her.” – Eowyn

53. “All’s well that ends better.” – Hamfast Gamgee

54. “To me, it would not seem that a Steward who faithfully surrenders his charge is diminished in love or in honour.” – Gandalf

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55. “My time is over. It is no longer my task to set things to rights, nor to help folk to do so. And as for you, my dear friends, you will need no help.” – Gandalf

56. “You are grown up now. Grown indeed very high; among the great you are, and I have no longer any fear at all for any of you.” – Gandalf

57. “I am old, Gandalf. I don’t look it, but I am beginning to feel it in my heart of hearts. Well-preserved indeed!” – Bilbo Baggins

58. “Courage is found in unlikely places.” – Gildor

59. “And he took her in his arms and kissed her under the sunlit sky, and he cared not that they stood high upon the walls in the sight of many.” – Eowyn

Lord of the Rings Quotes on Wisdom and Knowledge

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60. “Oft the unbidden guest proves the best company.” – Eomer

61. “The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it—white shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.” – Gandalf

62. “There’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.” – Samwise

63. “Sworn words may strengthen the quaking heart.”– Gimli

64. “You may learn something, and whether what you see it fair or evil, that may be profitable, and yet it may not. Seeing is both good and perilous.” – Lady Galadriel

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65. “Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.” – Gimli

66. “I will not say do not weep, for not all tears are evil.” – Gandalf

67. “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” – Lady Galadriel

68. “All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you.” – Gandalf

69. “The burned hand teaches best. After that, advice about fire goes to the heart.” – Gandalf

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70. “Do not be eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.” – Gandalf

71. “Do not trust hope. It has forsaken these lands.” – Eomer

72. “The whole thing is quite hopeless, so it’s no good worrying about tomorrow. It probably won’t come.” – Frodo

73. “For you do not yet know the strengths of your hearts, and you cannot foresee what each may meet on the road.” – Elrond

74. “But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow; even darkness must pass.” – Samwise Gamgee

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75. “The wise speak only of what they know.” – Gandalf

76. “Memory is not what the heart desires. That is only a mirror.” – Gimli

77. “Who knows? Have patience. Go where you must go, and hope!” – Gandalf

78. “His grief he will not forget; but it will not darken his heart, it will teach him wisdom.” – Aragorn

79. “It is a comfort not to be mistaken at all points. Do I not know it only too well!” – Gandalf

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80. “Pity? It was Pity that stayed in his hand. Pity and mercy not to strike without need. And he has been well rewarded, Frodo.” – Gandalf

81. “Be sure that he took so little hurt from the evil, and escaped in the end, because he began his ownership of the Ring. With Pity.” – Gandalf

82. “Yet it has a bottom, beyond light and knowledge.” – Gandalf

83. “Elves seldom give unguarded advice, for advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise.” – Gildor

84. “Only a small part is played in great deeds by any hero.” – Gandalf

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85. “Do not trouble your hearts overmuch with thoughts of the road tonight.” – Lady Galadriel

86. “News from afar is seldom sooth.” – Theoden

87. “Yet do not cast all hope away. Tomorrow is unknown. Rede oft is found at the rising of the sun.” – Legolas

88. “Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear.” – Aragorn

89. “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” – Aragorn

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90. “I was talking aloud to myself. A habit of the old—they choose the wisest person present to speak to.” – Gandalf

91. “Hill. Yes, that was it. But it is a hasty word for a thing that has stood here ever since this part of the world was shaped.” – Treebeard

92. “Oft in lies, truth is hidden.” – Glorfindel

93. “Valour needs first strength, and then a weapon.” – Boromir

94. “The praise of the praiseworthy is above all rewards.” – Faramir

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95. “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

96. “To crooked eyes, truth may wear a wry face.” – Gandalf

97. “In this hour, I do not believe that any darkness will endure.” – Faramir

98. “Be silent. Keep your forked tongue behind your teeth. I did not pass through fire and death to bandy crooked words with a witless worm.” – Gandalf

99. “Oft, hope is born when all is forlorn.” – Legolas

Lord of the Rings Quotes on Life and Adventure

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100. “Maybe the paths that you each shall tread are already laid before your feet, though you do not see them.” – Lady Galadriel

101. “Shortcuts make delays, but inns make longer ones.” – Frodo Baggins

102. “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 Baggins

103. “Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.” – Gildor

104. “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.” – Elrond

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105. “Gandalf, my old friend, this will be a night to remember.” – Bilbo Baggins

106. “You cannot pass! I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the Flame of Anor. The dark fire will not avail you, Flame of Udun! Go back to the shadow.” – Gandalf

107. “Many that live deserve death, and some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them?” – Gandalf

108. “It is not our part here to take thought only for a season, or for a few lives of Men, or for a passing age of the world. We should seek a final end of this menace, even if we do not hope to make one.” – Gandalf

109. “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

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110. “Your fingers would remember their old strength better if they grasped your sword.” – Gandalf

111. “A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.” – Gandalf

112. “When in doubt, follow your nose.” – Gandalf

113. “It’s the job that’s never started that takes longest to finish.” – Samwise Gamgee

114. “The way of the Ring to my heart is by pity—pity for weakness and the desire of strength to do good. Do not tempt me! I dare not take it, not even to keep it safe, unused.” – Gandalf

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115. “Don’t adventures ever have an end? I suppose not. Someone else always has to carry on the story.” – Bilbo Baggins

116. “Let them march now and sing! We have a long way to go, and there is time ahead for thought. It is something to have started.” – Treebeard

117. “Yet a treacherous weapon is ever a danger to the hand.” – Gandalf

118. “None knows what the new day shall bring him.” – Aragorn

119. “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” – Bilbo Baggins

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120. “The road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it began. Now, far ahead the road has gone and I must follow if I can.” – Frodo Baggins

Did These Quotes Bring You to J.R.R. Tolkien’s World of Fantasy, Myth, and Magic?

Tolkien’s epic trilogy got it’s movie adaptations under Peter Jackson’s guidance. And though a lot of die-hard fans of the books found loopholes in the movies, there’s no denying that the whole production still is a masterpiece that brought Tolkien’s words to life. Most importantly, the movies clearly showcased the central—if not most important—theme of the Lord of the Rings: great things can be achieved, not just by having immense power and strength, but also with a true heart. Frodo and Bilbo Baggins were hobbits, and as hobbits, they were powerless compared to other characters like the elves, dwarfs, and men. However, it is through their sincere and honest heart that they were able to turn destiny around and save Middle Earth.

Do you realize the power of earnestness and sincerity? Did you also read and watch the Lord of the Rings when you were younger? Which quotes are your favorites? Let’s talk about it in the comments section below.

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