Amazon has already confirmed that they're developing a Lord of the Rings TV series, and to remind us how awesome J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy franchise is, we've compiled the best quotes that Tolkien wrote as well as quotes from the films.
We've posted some of these Tolkien quotes in our Best Book Quotes page before, but there's a lot here that we haven't shared on that page. Check out Tolkien's unforgettable quotes below:
Many that live deserve death...
“Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the RingAdvertisement
The Road goes ever on and on...
I will not say do not weep,...
“I will not say, do not weep, for not all tears are an evil.”
Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens
"Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens"
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring,
All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us
I warn you, if you bore me...
“I warn you, if you bore me, I shall take my revenge.”
All that is gold does not glitter
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king
Home is now behind you, the world is ahead!
“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. Then world behind and home ahead, We'll wander back and home to bed. Mist and twilight, cloud and shade, Away shall fade! Away shall fade!”
Still round the corner there may wait...
“Still round the corner there may wait A new road or a secret gate And though I oft have passed them by A day will come at last when I Shall take the hidden paths that run West of the Moon, East of the Sun.”
Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check...
“Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps because I am afraid, and he gives me courage.”
And he took her in his arms...
“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.”
Never laugh at live dragons
"Never laugh at live dragons" ~ J.R.R. Tolkien
Deep roots are not reached by the frost
"Deep roots are not reached by the frost"
~ J.R.R. Tolkien
Darkness must pass...
“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.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers
Such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world...
'At least for a while,' said Elrond. 'The road must be trod, but it will be very hard. And neither strenght nor wisdom will carry us far upon it. This quest may be attempted by the weak with as much hope as the strong. 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.”
Deeds will not be less valiant...
Courage is found in unlikely places
“Courage is found in unlikely places.”
No half-heartedness and no worldly fear...
"No half-heartedness and no worldly fear must turn us aside from following the light unflinchingly.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien
A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities
“A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.”
If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”