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The Lord Of The Rings Literary Quotes(1954) - J. R. R. TolkienRating Mail
When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton.
[- First sentence. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book I: A Long-expected Party]
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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's farewell speech. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book I: A Long-expected Party]
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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,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say
[- Merry Brandybuck. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book I: A Long-expected Party]
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'It was a compliment, said Merry Brandybuck, and so, of course, not true.
[- Merry Brandybuck. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book I: A Long-expected Party]
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Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
[- Translation verse in the Black Speech. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book I: The Shadow of the Past]
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'I wish it need not have happened in my time,'
'So do I,' said Gandalf, 'and 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 us.'
[- Frodo and Gandalf. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book I: The Shadow of the Past]
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What a pity that Bilbo did not stab that vile creature, when he had a chance!'
'Pity? It was Pity that stayed his hand. Pity, and Mercy: not to strike without need. And he has been well rewarded, Frodo. Be sure that he took so little hurt from the evil, and escaped in the end, because he began his ownership of the Ring so. With Pity.'
[- Frodo and Gandalf. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book I: The Shadow of the Past]
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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. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.
[- Gandalf. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book I: The Shadow of the Past]
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You say the ring is dangerous, far more dangerous than I guess. In what way?
In many ways. It is far more powerful than I ever dared to think at first, so powerful that in the end it would utterly overcome anyone of mortal race who possessed it. It would possess him.
[- Frodo and Gandalf. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book I: The Shadow of the Past]
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He often used to say there was only one Road; that it was like a great river: its springs were at every doorstep and every path was its tributary. "It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door," he used to say. "You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no telling where you might be swept off to."
[- Frodo. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book I: Three is Company]
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I don't know, and I would rather not guess.
[- Frodo. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book I: Three is Company]
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Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate,
And though we pass them by today,
Tomorrow we may come this way
And take the hidden paths that run
Towards the Moon or to the Sun.
[- Gildor. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book I: Three is Company]
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But it is not your own Shire. Others dwelt here before Hobbits were; and others will dwell here again when hobbits are no more. The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot for ever fence it out.
[- Gildor. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book I: Three is Company]
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Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.
[- Gildor. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book I: Three is Company]
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They seem a bit above my likes and dislikes, so to speak,' answered Sam slowly. 'It don't seem to matter what I think about them. They are quite different from what I expected — so old and young, and so gay and sad, as it were.'
[- Sam speaking of the Elves. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book I: A Short Cut to Mushrooms]
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'Short cuts make delays, but inns make longer ones.'
[- Frodo. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book I: A Short Cut to Mushrooms]
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'Tell me, who are you, alone, yourself and nameless?'
[- Tom Bombadil to Frodo. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book I: In the House of Tom Bombadil]
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There were fortresses on the heights. Kings of little kingdoms fought together, and the young Sun shone like fire on the red metal of their new and greedy swords. There was victory and defeat; and towers fell, fortresses were burned, and flames went up into the sky. Gold was piled on the biers of dead kings and queens; and mounds covered them, and the stone doors were shut; and the grass grew over all.
[- Tom Bombadil. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book I: In the House of Tom Bombadil]
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'Eldest, that's what I am. Mark my words, my friends: Tom was here before the river and the trees; Tom remembers the first raindrop and the first acorn. He made paths before the Big People, and saw the Little People arriving. He was here before the Kings and the graves and the Barrow-wights. When the Elves passed westward, Tom was here already, before the seas were bent. He knew the dark under the stars when it was fearless—before the Dark Lord came from Outside.'
[- Tom Bombadil. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book I: In the House of Tom Bombadil]
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There’s earth under his old feet, and clay on his fingers; wisdom in his bones, and both his eyes are open.
[- Tom Bombadil, speaking of Farmer Maggot. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book I: In the House of Tom Bombadil]
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That night they heard no noises. But either in his dreams or out of them, he could not tell which, Frodo heard a sweet singing running in his mind: a song that seemed to come like a pale light behind a grey rain-curtain, and growing stronger to turn the veil all to silver and glass, until at last it was rolled back, and a far green country opened before him under a swift sunrise.
[- The Fellowship of the Ring - Book I: Fog on the Barrow-Downs]
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There is a seed of courage hidden (often deeply, it is true) in the heart of the fattest and most timid hobbit, waiting for some final and desperate danger to make it grow.
[- The Fellowship of the Ring - Book I: Fog on the Barrow-Downs]
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Old Tom Bombadil is a merry fellow,
Bright blue his jacket is, and his boots are yellow.
None has ever caught him yet, for Tom, he is the master:
His songs are stronger songs, and his feet are faster.
[- The Fellowship of the Ring - Book I: Fog on the Barrow-Downs]
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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.
[- The Fellowship of the Ring - Book I: Strider]
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Gil-galad was an Elven-king.
Of him the harpers sadly sing:
the last whose realm was fair and free
between the Mountains and the Sea.

His sword was long, his lance was keen,
his shining helm afar was seen;
the countless stars of heaven's field
were mirrored on his silver shield.

But long ago he passed away,
and where he dwelleth none can say;
for into darkness fell his star
in Mordor where the shadows are.
[- The Fellowship of the Ring - Book I: A Knife in the Dark]
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