Tuesday, March 20, 2007


Okay, so Peterson has tagged me to share five of my favorite quotes on any topic. Hopefully this isn't too much of a cheat, but all of mine come from The Lord of the Rings (book and/or movie versions). So while they're thematically linked, I don't have a simple label to apply to them aside from their source...

"I will take it. I will take the Ring to Mordor... though I do not know the way."

-Frodo, The Fellowship of the Ring

"I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened."

"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. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought."

-Frodo and Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Ring

"Even the smallest person can change the course of the future."

-Galadriel, The Fellowship of the Ring

"Go back, Sam! I’m going to Mordor alone."

"Of course you are, and I’m coming with you!"

-Frodo and Sam, The Fellowship of the Ring

"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."

"What are we holding on to, Sam?"

"That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... and it's worth fighting for."

-Sam and Frodo, The Two Towers

So there you have it. I guess I'm supposed to tag some people now - so I hereby pass the baton to Christine, JJ and Eric


Peterson Toscano said...

NICE, very nice. Good choices. Now I want to watch those movies again.

JohnAGJ said...

Excellent choices! LOTR is one of the best literary works ever written and the movies are among my favorites. You forgot one though...

Frodo: It's a pity Bilbo didn't kill him when he had the chance.

Gandalf: Pity? It was pity that stayed Bilbo's hand. Many that live deserve death. Some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them, Frodo? Do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. Even the very wise cannot see all ends. My heart tells me that Gollum has some part to play yet, for good or ill before this is over. The pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many.

Eugene said...

Thanks. I did consider that quote, but decided against it since I'd used it fairly recently in another post.

Anonymous said...

This was amusing to me because I enjoy your writing here so much, but I do not, do not like the Lord of the Rings! At all. I won't dwell on that because my point is not to trash it; I like that I'm reading and it all seems thoughtful and clear until I get to the bits about Lord of the Rings and I just think, oh no...

Continue the good work

JJ said...

I have answered the call of the tag...

Eugene said...

Chester - I promise not to hold it against you.

JJ - Thanks!

Christine Bakke said...

I still need to do this - don't let me forget! :)