It’s been more than a decade since the first of the films in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy was released, and although fans are now eagerly anticipating a return to Middle-earth with his upcoming Hobbit films, well, one does NOT simply walk away from where it all began.

Today, we feature an article written for by guest author Leslie Martinka, Marketing Manager at, the world’s largest platform for pop culture quotes and images, on the phenomenon that is Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, and the top 20 quotes from Peter Jackson’s films:

My Precious“, says Gollum through missing rotted teeth. His emaciated body is evidence of his life in Middle-earth as a slave to the One Ring. For the past 60 years, people have devoured the pages of The Lord of the Rings reading about characters such as Gollum, Frodo and Gandalf. Fans of the trilogy have made it one of the most beloved literary works of all time.

Hollywood revels in making classic books into movies, and it was a no-brainer to re-create Middle-earth and its inhabitants. Peter Jackson brought J.R. R. Tolkien’s vision to life onscreen. Today, 12 years after the first The Lord of the Rings movie was released, fans still quote their favorite lines. In no particular order, below are our top 20 quotes from The Lord of the Rings.

“There is only one Lord of the Ring, only one who can bend it to his will. And he does not share power.”
– Gandalf

“That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.”
– Sam

“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.”
– Galadriel

“The time of the Elves… is over. Do we leave Middle-Earth to its fate? Do we let them stand alone?”
– Lady of the Wood

“We swears, to serve the master of the Precious. We will swear on… on the Precious!”
– Gollum

“I am Gandalf the White. And I come back to you now… at the turn of the tide.”
– Gandalf

“Oh, it’s quite simple. If you are a friend, you speak the password, and the doors will open.”
– Gandalf

“Well, what can I tell you? Life in the wide world goes on much as it has this past Age, full of its own comings and goings, scarcely aware of the existence of Hobbits, for which I am very thankful.”
– Gandalf

“For the time will soon come when Hobbits will shape the fortunes of all.”
– Galadriel

“There is no curse in Elvish, Entish, or the tongues of Men for this treachery.”
– Treebeard

“I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the Ages of this world alone.”
– Arwen

“A day may come when the courage of men fails… but it is not THIS day.”
– Aragorn

“The Ring has awoken, it’s heard its masters call.”
– Gandalf

“Your time will come. You will face the same Evil, and you will defeat it.”
– Arwen

“The board is set, the pieces are moving. We come to it at last, the great battle of our time.”
– Gandalf

“But the fat Hobbit, he knows. Eyes always watching.”
– Gollum

“Mordor. The one place in Middle-Earth we don’t want to see any closer. And it’s the one place we’re trying to get to. It’s just where we can’t get. Let’s face it, Mr. Frodo, we’re lost.”
– Sam

“I thought up an ending for my book. ‘And he lives happily ever after, till the end of his days.'”
– Bilbo

“You are the luckiest, the canniest, and the most reckless man I ever knew. Bless you, laddie.”
– Gimli

“I’m glad to be with you, Samwise Gamgee…here at the end of all things.”
– Frodo

The Lord of the Rings, in both its book and movie format, continues to be a classic and loved by fans worldwide. At Hark, we’re excited to provide fans access to their favorite quotes from the movie.

Those are our top 20 quotes from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. What are your favorites? We’d love to hear which ones you think we missed?
– By Leslie Martinka

Leslie Martinka is the Marketing Manager at Hark. is the world’s largest platform for pop culture quotes and images.

What are your top quotes from Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy? Share in the comments, message board and on Facebook! Discuss on our “Lord of the Rings” message board dedicated exclusively to discussions concerning Peter Jackson’s films!


  1. Minna

    Oh, and how could I forget to mention this one!! Elrond’s speech to Arwen in TTT; Elrond’s voice is so slow and expressive, wow!

    If Sauron is defeated and Aragorn made king and all that you hope for
    comes true he will still have to taste the bitterness of mortality. Whether by the sword or the slow decay of time, Aragorn will die.
    there will be no comfort for you, no comfort to ease the pain of his
    passing. He will come to death an image of the splendor of the kings of
    Men in glory undimmed before the breaking of the world.
    But you, my
    you will linger on in darkness and in doubt as nightfall in
    winter that comes without a star. Here you will dwell bound to your
    grief under the fading trees until all the world is changed and the long
    years of your life are utterly spent.

  2. Aragonia

    ” There is always hope.” 

  3. Kayhan 1406

    Put aside the ranger , become who you were born to be…..elrond to aragorn

  4. Stijn de Laat

    Mordor Gandalf, is it left or right?

  5. Smaugthedragonhobbit

    “He used often to say there was only one Road; that it was like a great river: it’s springs were at every doorstep and every path was it’s 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 Baggins.

  6. Lucy Caine

    “We will get there, because we have to.” – Sam Gamgee

    “We cannot get out. We cannot get out. They have taken the Bridge and the second hall […] they are coming.” – Gandalf at Balin’s grave

  7. Getting such incredible chills just reading this!

  8. Pluto

    “How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on when in your heart you begin to understand, there is no going back?” -Frodo

  9. gimlirulezz!!!

    Gimli:so much for the courtesy of the elves, SPEAK A LANGUAGE WE CAN ALL UNDERSTAND!

    Haldir:we have not had dealings with dwarves since the dark days.

    Gimli:well you know what this dwarf says to that, iesh kaquee ai durug null!

    Aragorn:now that was not so courteous.

    in lothlorien … lotr extended edition

  10. Chisquin

    You are a ring bearer Frodo, to bear a ring of power is to be alone
    ~ Galadriel
    400 lifes of men I have walked this earth, and know I have no time~Gandalf

  11. Iris Moonstone

    The best speech(No. 2) whole verison: Sam:I know, by rights we shouldn’t even be here. Just hold on. It’s like in the great stories Mr Frodo, the ones that really matter. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes, you don’t even want to know the ending, because how can the end be happy? How can the world go back to the way it was when so much BAD had happened? But in the end, it’s just a passing thing, this darkness, and even darkness must pass. And a new day will come, and when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those are the stroies that really matter, that mean something, even if you were to small to understand why. But I thinnk Mr Frodo, I know now. Folk in those stories, they had lots of chances to turn back, only they didn’t. They kept going, because they were holding on to something.
    Frodo: What are we holding on to Sam?
    Sam:(walks over and picks up Frodo) There’s some good in this world, Mr Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.

  12. Hari

    Many that live deserve death, and many that die deserve life- can you give it to them? then do not be so hasty in dealing out death as a judgement, for even the wise cannot see all ends

  13. Radbug

    Curse you, you little maggot! I’ll squeeze your eyes out, like I did to Radbug just now!

  14. prashant

    deep breadth before the plunge – by gandalf

  15. Will

    Death is but the next great adventure, a path that we must all take – Gandalf the White.

    (When Gandalf and Pippin where talking in Minas Tirith whilst Morder where asualting the city, it was when the orcs where attempting to batter down either the 2nd or 3rd levels gate.

  16. disqus_HFvhUcmZ10

    [breaking of the fellowship] Frodo: I wish the Ring had never come to me, I wish none of this had happened.

    Gandalf [in Frodo’s memory]: so do all who live to see such times but that is not for you to decide.. all you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you.

    Legolas: Hurry! frodo and sam have reached the eastern shore. [looks at aragorn] .. you mean not to follow them

    Aragorn: Frodo’s fate is no longer in our hands.

    Gimli: Then it has all been in vain. the fellowship has failed.

    Aragorn: Not if we hold true to each other.

    ^tears in my eyes every friggin time. one of the greatest endings to a movie ever imo

  17. rualatngua

    Frodo: I can’t do this, Sam.
    Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it
    ‘s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
    Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
    Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.

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