I am a self-confessed J R R Tolkien’s biggest fan. If you have not read already, then I strongly recommend picking the Lord of rings triology and finishing it. In these books, I have found immense words of wisdom and motivation. The story is a classic ‘good triumphs the evil’ story.
Here, I am trying to share my favorite quotations, dialogues and poems from the LOTR books.
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1. “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 still grows, perhaps, the greater.” – Haldir
2. “I don’t like anything here at all.” said Frodo, “step or stone, breath or bone. Earth, air and water all seem accursed. But so our path is laid.”
“Yes, that’s so,” said Sam, “And we shouldn’t be here at all, if we’d known more about it before we started. But I suppose it’s often that way. 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. But I expect they had lots of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn’t. And if they had, we shouldn’t know, because they’d have been forgotten. “
Note – This conversation takes place when Frodo is mighty depressed and starts to thinking of giving up the task assigned to him. Samwise gives a very motivational speech which is a lesson for all of us. I always remember the “bold” text above when I am facing the tough time.
3. “But it is not your own Shire,” said Gildor. “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.”
4. It is perilous to study too deeply the arts of the Enemy, for good or for ill. – Elrond
5. “I wish none of this had happened. ” – Frodo
“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 to us” – Gandalf
6. “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 judgment.” – Gandalf
Note- Having seen Gollum following them, Frodo comments “It is pity Bilbo didn’t kill him when he had the chance”. On this, Gandalf shares these words of great wisdom.
7. “Pay heed to the tales of old wives. It may well be that they alone keep in memory what it was once needful for the wise to know.”
8. “You are a ring-bearer, Frodo. To bear a ring of power is to be alone. This task was appointed to you. And if you do not find a way, no one will.” – Galadriel
9. “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.”
10. All that is gold does not glitter; not all those that wander are lost.