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The Lord Of The Rings Literary Quotes(1954) - J. R. R. TolkienRating Mail
They cannot conquer for ever!
[- The Two Towers - Book IV: Journey to the Cross-roads]
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Who can now hold the fords when the King of the Nine Riders comes? And other armies will come. I am too late. All is lost. I tarried on the way. All is lost. Even if my errand is performed, no one will ever know. There will be no one I can tell. It will be in vain.
[- The Two Towers - Book IV: The Stairs of Cirith Ungol]
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Frodo raised his head, and then stood up. Despair had not left him, but the weakness had passed. He even smiled grimly, feeling now as clearly as a moment before he had felt the opposite, that what he had to do, he had to do, if he could, and that whether Faramir or Aragorn or Elrond or Galadriel or Gandalf or anyone else ever knew about it was beside the purpose.
[- The Two Towers - Book IV: The Stairs of Cirith Ungol]
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The brave things in the old tales and songs, Mr. Frodo: adventures, as I used to call them. I used to think that they were things the wonderful folk of the stories went out and looked for, because they wanted them, because they were exciting and life was a bit dull, a kind of a sport, as you might say. But that's not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have been just landed in them, usually — their paths were laid that way, as you put it.
[- The Two Towers - Book IV: The Stairs of Cirith Ungol]
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I never thought of that before! We've got — you've got some of the light of it in that star-glass that the Lady gave you! Why, to think of it, we're in the same tale still! It's going on. Don't the great tales never end?
[- The Two Towers - Book IV: The Stairs of Cirith Ungol]
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'No, they never end as tales,' said Frodo. 'But the people in them come, and go when their part's ended. Our part will end later - or sooner.'
[- The Two Towers - Book IV: The Stairs of Cirith Ungol]
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'I wonder if we shall ever be put into songs or tales. We're in one, or course; but I mean: put into words, you know, told by the fireside, or read out of a great big book with red and black letters, years and years afterwards. And people will say: "Let's hear about Frodo and the Ring!" And they'll say: "Yes, that's one of my favourite stories. Frodo was very brave. wasn't he, dad?" "Yes, my boy, the famousest of the hobbits, and that's saying a lot."'
[- The Two Towers - Book IV: The Stairs of Cirith Ungol]
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To hear you somehow makes me as merry as if the story was already written. But you've left out one of the chief characters: Samwise the stouthearted. "I want to hear more about Sam, dad. Why didn't they put in more of his talk, dad? That's what I like, it makes me laugh. And Frodo wouldn't have got far without Sam, would he, dad?"'
[- The Two Towers - Book IV: The Stairs of Cirith Ungol]
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'We're going on a bit too fast. You and I, Sam, are still stuck in the worst places of the story, and it is all too likely that some will say at this point: "Shut the book now, dad; we don't want to read any more."'
[- The Two Towers - Book IV: The Stairs of Cirith Ungol]
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Even Gollum might be good in a tale, better than he is to have by you, anyway...I wonder if he thinks he's the hero or the villain?
[- The Two Towers - Book IV: The Stairs of Cirith Ungol]
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For a fleeting moment, could one of the sleepers have seen him, they would have thought that they beheld an old weary hobbit, shrunken by the years that had carried him far beyond his time, beyond friends and kin, and the fields and streams of youth, an old starved pitiable thing.
[- The Two Towers - Book IV: The Stairs of Cirith Ungol]
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The fleeting moment had passed, beyond recall. 'Sneaking, sneaking!' he hissed. 'Hobbits always so polite, yes. O nice hobbits! Sméagol brings them up secret ways that nobody else could find. Tired he is, thirsty he is, yes thirsty; and he guides them and he searches for paths, and they say sneak, sneak . Very nice friends, O yes my precious, very nice.'
[- The Two Towers - Book IV: The Stairs of Cirith Ungol]
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The Ring'll be found, and there'll be no more songs.
[- The Two Towers - Book IV: The Choices of Master Samwise]
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Seven stars and seven stones and one white tree.
[- The Return of the King - Book V: Minas Tirith]
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Here do I swear fealty and service to Gondor, and to the Lord and Steward of the realm, to speak and to be silent, to do and to let be, to come and to go, in need or plenty, in peace or war, in living or dying, from this hour henceforth, until my lord release me, or death take me, or the world end.
[- The Return of the King - Book V: Minas Tirith]
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I will not forget it, nor fail to reward that which is given: fealty with love, valour with honour, oath-breaking with vengeance.
[- The Return of the King - Book V: Minas Tirith]
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The rule of no realm is mine, neither of Gondor nor any other, great or small. But all worthy things that are in peril as the world now stands, those are my care. And for my part, I shall not wholly fail of my task, though Gondor should perish, if anything passes through this night that can still grow fair or bear fruit and flower again in days to come.
For I also am a steward. Did you not know?
[- The Return of the King - Book V: Minas Tirith]
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Generous deed should not be checked by cold counsel.
[- The Return of the King - Book V: Minas Tirith]
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'What do you fear, lady?' he [Aragorn] asked.
'A cage,' she [Eowyn] said. 'To stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire.'
[- Aragorn and Eowyn. The Return of the King - Book V: The Passing of the Grey Company]
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Where will wants not, a way opens.
[- The Return of the King - Book V: The Muster of Rohan ]
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You deceive yourself. He would have stretched out his hand to this thing, and taking it he would have fallen. He would have kept it for his own, and when he returned you would not have known your son.
[- The Return of the King - Book V: The Siege of Gondor ]
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'You think, as is your wont, my lord, of Gondor only,' said Gandalf. 'Yet there are other men and other lives, and time still to be. And for me, I pity even his slaves.'
[- The Return of the King - Book V: The Siege of Gondor ]
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Let us remember that a traitor may betray himself and do good that he does not intend. It can be so, sometimes.
[- The Return of the King - Book V: The Siege of Gondor ]
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In rode the Lord of the Nazgûl. A great black shape against the fires beyond he loomed up, grown to a vast menace of despair. In rode the Lord of the Nazgûl, under the archway that no enemy ever yet had passed, and all fled before his face.
All save one. There waiting, silent and still in the space before the Gate, sat Gandalf upon Shadowfax: Shadowfax who alone among the free horses of the earth endured the terror, unmoving, steadfast as a graven image in Rath Dínen.
"You cannot enter here," said Gandalf, and the huge shadow halted. "Go back to the abyss prepared for you! Go back! Fall into the nothingness that awaits you and your Master. Go!"
The Black Rider flung back his hood, and behold! he had a kingly crown; and yet upon no head visible was it set. The red fires shone between it and the mantled shoulders vast and dark. From a mouth unseen there came a deadly laughter.
"Old fool!" he said. "Old fool! This is my hour. Do you not know Death when you see it? Die now and curse in vain!" And with that he lifted high his sword and flames ran down the blade.
[- The Return of the King - Book V: The Siege of Gondor ]
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Arise, arise, Riders of Théoden!
Fell deeds awake, fire and slaughter!
spear shall be shaken, shield be splintered,
a sword-day, a red day, ere the sun rises!
Ride now, ride now! Ride to ruin, and the world's ending!
[- The Return of the King - Book V: The Ride of the Rohirrim ]
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