11 of the Most Important The Lord of the Rings Quotes

On Tolkien's birthday, we're looking back at the greatest words of wisdom from the classic fantasy trilogy.

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“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door [...] You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.” –The Fellowship of the Ring

“It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.” –The Fellowship of the Ring 

“You are a ring-bearer, Frodo. To bear a ring of power is to be alone. The task was appointed to you. And if you do not find a way, no one will.”—The Fellowship of the Ring

“I will do now what I must. This at least is plain: the evil of the Ring is already at work even in the Company, and the Ring must leave them before it does more harm. I will go alone. Some I cannot trust, and those who I can trust are too dear to me: poor old Sam, and Merry and Pippin. Strider, too: his heart yearns for Minas Tirith, and he will be needed there, now Boromir has fallen into evil. I will go alone. At once.” –The Fellowship of the Ring

“The praise of the praiseworthy is above all rewards.” –The Two Towers

“My name is growing all the time, and I’ve lived a very long, long time; so my name is like a story. Real names tell you the story of the things they belong to in my language, in the Old Entish as you might say. It is a lovely language, but it takes a very long time to say anything in it, because we do not say anything in it, unless it is worth taking a long time to say, and to listen to.” –The Two Towers

“Folk seem to have been just landed in them [adventures], usually–their oaths 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.” –The Two Towers

“The world is full enough of hurts and mischances without wars to multiply them.” –The Return of the King

“It is useless to meet revenge with revenge: it will heal nothing.” –The Return of the King

“Go in peace! I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.” –The Return of the King

“Well, I’m back.” –The Return of the King