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The Lord Of The Rings Literary Quotes(1954) - J. R. R. TolkienRating Mail
He is not half through yet, and to what he will come in the end not even Elrond can foretell. Not to evil, I think. He may become like a glass filled with a clear light for eyes to see that can.
[- Gandalf speaking to himself about Frodo. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book II: Many Meetings]
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I am sorry : sorry you have come in for this burden: sorry about everything. Don't adventures ever have an end? I suppose not. Someone else always has to carry on the story.
[- Bilbo. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book II: Many Meetings]
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Seek for the Sword that was broken:
In Imladris it dwells;
There shall be counsels taken
Stronger than Morgul-spells.
There shall be shown a token
That Doom is near at hand,
For Isildur's Bane shall waken,
And the Halfling forth shall stand.
[- Aragorn. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book II: The Council of Elrond]
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Many evil things there are that your strong walls and bright swords do not stay. You know little of the lands beyond your bounds. Peace and freedom, do you say? The North would have known them little but for us.
[- Aragorn. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book II: The Council of Elrond]
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And yet less thanks have we than you. Travellers scowl at us, and countrymen give us scornful names. 'Strider' I am to one fat man who lives within a day's march of foes that would freeze his heart or lay his little town in ruin, if he were not guarded ceaselessly. Yet we would not have it otherwise. If simple folk are free from care and fear, simple they will be, and we must be kept secret to keep them so.
[- Aragorn. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book II: The Council of Elrond]
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He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.
[- Gandalf to Saruman. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book II: The Council of Elrond]
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It is perilous to study too deeply the arts of the Enemy, for good or for ill. But such falls and betrayals, alas, have happened before.
[- Elrond, referring to Saruman. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book II: The Council of Elrond]
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I think that in the end, if all else is conquered, Bombadil will fall, Last as he was First; and then Night will come.
[- Glorfindel. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book II: The Council of Elrond]
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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. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book II: The Council of Elrond]
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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. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book II: The Council of Elrond]
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We cannot use the Ruling Ring. That we now know too well. It belongs to Sauron and was made by him alone, and is altogether evil. Its strength, Boromir, is too great for anyone to wield at will, save only those who have already a great power of their own. But for them it holds an even deadlier peril. The very desire of it corrupts the heart.
[- Elrond. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book II: The Council of Elrond]
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If any of the Wise should with this Ring overthrow the Lord of Mordor, using his own arts, he would then set himself on Sauron's throne, and yet another Dark Lord would appear. And that is another reason why the Ring should be destroyed: as long as it is in the world it will be a danger even to the Wise. For nothing is evil in the beginning. Even Sauron was not so. I fear to take the Ring to hide it. I will not take the Ring to wield it.
[- Elrond. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book II: The Council of Elrond]
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Despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.
[- Gandalf. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book II: The Council of Elrond ]
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Let folly be our cloak, a veil before the eyes of the Enemy! For he is very wise, and weighs all things to a nicety in the scales of his malice. But the only measure that he knows is desire, desire for power; and so he judges all hearts. 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. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book II: The Council of Elrond ]
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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. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book II: The Council of Elrond]
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I had thought of putting: and he lived happily ever afterwards to the end of his days. It is a good ending, and none the worse for having been used before. Now I shall have to alter that: it does not look like coming true.
[- Bilbo. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book II: The Council of Elrond]
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'I will take the Ring,' he [Frodo] said, 'though I do not know the way.'
[- Elrond. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book II: The Council of Elrond]
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This is the hour of the Shire-folk, when they arise from their quiet fields to shake the towers and counsels of the Great. Who of all the Wise could have foreseen it? Or, if they are wise, why should they expect to know it, until the hour has struck?
[- Elrond. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book II: The Council of Elrond]
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'Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens,' said Gimli.
'Maybe,' said Elrond, 'but let him not vow to walk in the dark, who has not seen the nightfall.'
'Yet sworn word may strengthen quaking heart,' said Gimli.
'Or break it,' said Elrond.
[- The Fellowship of the Ring - Book II: The Ring Goes South]
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But even as [the Balrog] fell it swung its whip, and the thongs lashed and curled about the wizard's knees, dragging him to the brink. He staggered and fell, grasped vainly at the stone, and slid into the abyss. 'Fly, you fools!' he cried, and was gone.
[- Gandalf falling into the chasm. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book II: The Bridge of Khazad-dûm]
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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 to the Fellowship. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book II: Lothlórien]
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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 to the Fellowship. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book II: Lothlórien]
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I thought that Elves were all for moon and stars: but this is more elvish than anything I ever heard tell of. I feel as if I was inside a song, if you take my meaning.
[- Sam to Frodo. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book II: Lothlórien]
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As Frodo prepared to follow him, he laid his hand upon the tree beside the ladder: never before had he been so suddenly and so keenly aware of the feel and texture of a tree’s skin and of the life within it. He felt a delight in wood and the touch of it, neither as forester nor as carpenter; it was the delight of the living tree itself.
[- The Fellowship of the Ring - Book II: Lothlórien]
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"And what do you wish?" he said at last.
"That what should be shall be," she answered.
[- Frodo and Galadriel. The Fellowship of the Ring - Book II: The Mirror of Galadriel]
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