The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Quotes

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King



The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.


    Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy




    English, Quenya, Old English, Sindarin

Quotes from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Aragorn: Hold your ground, hold your ground! Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you *stand, Men of the West!*

Gimli: Never thought I'd die fighting side by side with an Elf.

Legolas: What about side by side with a friend?

Gimli: Aye. I could do that.

Sam: [Both are overcome by exhaustion] Do you remember the Shire, Mr. Frodo? It'll be spring soon. And the orchards will be in blossom. And the birds will be nesting in the hazel thicket. And they'll be sowing the summer barley in the lower fields... and eating the first of the strawberries with cream. Do you remember the taste of strawberries?

Frodo: No, Sam. I can't recall the taste of food... nor the sound of water... nor the touch of grass. I'm... naked in the dark, with nothing, no veil... between me... and the wheel of fire! I can see him... with my waking eyes!

Sam: Then let us be rid of it... once and for all! Come on, Mr. Frodo. I can't carry it for you... but I can carry you!

Gimli: Certainty of death. Small chance of success. What are we waiting for?

Aragorn: [to Frodo, Sam, Pippin, and Merry] My friends. You bow to no one.

[He kneels, and the entire kingdom follows suit, kneeling to the Hobbits]

Gandalf: I will not say "Do not weep", for not all tears are an evil.

[after Legolas single-handedly takes out an Oliphant and its drivers]

Gimli: That still only counts as one.

Witch King: [taking Eowyn by the throat] You fool. No man can kill me. Die now.

[Merry stabs the Witch King from behind; the Witch King shrieks and falls to his knees. Eowyn rises and pulls off her helm, her hair falls down over her shoulder]

Eowyn: I am no man.

[she thrusts her sword into the Witch King's helm and twists; he shrieks and implodes]

Sam: I can't carry it for you, but I can carry you.

Denethor: Can you sing, Master Hobbit?

Pippin: Well... yes. At least, well enough for my own people. But we have no songs for great halls and... evil times.

Denethor: And why should your songs be unfit for my hall? Come, sing me a song.


Pippin: [sings] Home is behind, the world ahead... And there are many paths to tread. Through shadow, to the edge of night, until the stars are all alight... Mist and shadow, cloud and shade, all shall fade... all... shall... fade...

Gandalf: Fool of a Took!

Gimli: Well, this is a thing unheard of. An Elf would go underground, where a Dwarf dare not. Oh, I'd never hear the end of it.

Frodo: [after destroying the Ring] I can see the Shire. The Brandywine River. Bag End. The Lights in the Party Tree.

Sam: Rosie Cotton dancing. She had ribbons in her hair. If ever I were to marry someone, it would have been her. It would have been her.

[sits down and begins to cry]

Frodo: [leans over and hugs him] I'm glad to be with you, Samwise Gamgee, here at the end of all things.

Aragorn: I summon you to fulfill your oath.

King of the Dead: None but the king of Gondor may command me.

[Swings sword; Aragorn blocks him with the sword Anduril]

King of the Dead: That blade was broken!

[Aragorn takes him by the throat]

Aragorn: It has been remade.

[Aragorn releases the King of the Dead; pause]

Aragorn: Fight for us... and regain your honor.

[as he kills the three Orcs guarding Frodo]

Sam: That's for Frodo! And for the Shire! *And that's for my old Gaffer!*

[in a drinking game]

Gimli: It's the Dwarves that go swimming with little, hairy woman.

[he burps]

Legolas: I feel something. A slight tingle in my fingers. I think it's affecting me.

Gimli: What did I say? He can't hold his liquor.

[Gimli passes out]

Legolas: [to Eomer who is watching] Game over.

Arwen: From the ashes, a fire shall be woken. A light from the shadow shall spring. Renewed shall be blade that was broken. The crownless again shall be king.

Theoden: I know your face... Eowyn. My eyes darken.

Eowyn: No. No. I'm going to save you.

Theoden: You already did... Eowyn. My body is broken. You have to let me go. I go to my fathers, in whose mighty company I shall not now feel ashamed. Eowyn...


Pippin: Is there any hope, Gandalf, for Frodo and Sam?

Gandalf: There never was much hope. Just a fool's hope.

Aragorn: The Beacons of Minas Tirith! The Beacons are lit! Gondor calls for aid.

Theoden: And Rohan will answer. Muster the Rohirrim. Assemble the army at Dunharrow. As many men as can be found. You have two days. On the third, we ride for Gondor... and war.

Merry: Are you going to leave me?

Pippin: No, Merry. I'm going to look after you.

Eowyn: I will kill you if you touch him!

Witch King: Do not come between the Nazgul and his prey.

Smeagol: Clever Hobbits, to climb so high!

[jumps on them, pins Frodo to the ground and grips him by the throat]

Smeagol: Mustn't go that way! Mustn't hurt the Precious!

Frodo: You swore! You swore on the Precious!

Smeagol: [mocking] Oo-hoo-hoo-hoo...


Smeagol: Smeagol lied.

Aragorn: For Frodo.

[He charges out towards the remaining army of Morder alone. Merry and Pippin raise their swords and yell then charge. The rest of the soldiers do the same and soon overtake Merry and Pippin]

[last lines]

Sam: Well, I'm back.

Sam: [reading the book's title] There and Back Again: A Hobbit's Tale by Bilbo Baggins, and The Lord of the Rings by Frodo Baggins. You finished it.

Frodo: Not quite. There's room for a little more.

Pippin: [singing to Denethor as Faramir leads the charge] Home is behind, the world ahead... and there are many paths to tread... Through shadow... To the edge of night... Until the stars are all alight... Mist and shadow, cloud and shade... All shall fade... all... shall... fade.

Legolas: The way is shut. It was made by those who are dead, and the dead keep it. The way is shut.

Eomer: You should not encourage him.

Eowyn: You should not doubt him.

Eomer: I do not doubt his heart, only the reach of his arm.

King of the Dead: The dead do not suffer the living to pass.

Aragorn: You will suffer me.

[extended version, the Houses of Healing]

Eowyn: The city has fallen silent. There is no warmth left in the sun.

Faramir: [approaching her] It is only the damp of the first spring rain.

[Eowyn looks up at him]

Faramir: I do not believe this darkness will endure.

Gandalf: [to Pippin] Now, listen carefully. Lord Denethor is Boromir's father. To give him news of his beloved son's death would be most unwise. And do not mention Frodo, or the Ring. And say nothing of Aragorn either. In fact, it's better if you don't speak at all, Peregrin Took.

Aragorn: I have wished you joy since first I saw you.

Eowyn: Ride with me.

Merry: [smiles] My lady!

Gandalf: Faramir!

[Running after Faramir]

Gandalf: Faramir! Your father's will has turned to madness. Do not throw away your life so rashly.

Faramir: Where does my allegiance lie if not here? This is the city of the men of Numenor. I would gladly give my life to defend her beauty, her memory... her wisdom...

Gandalf: Your father loves you, Faramir. He will remember it before the end.

Eomer: Now is the hour! Riders of Rohan! Oaths you have taken, now fulfill them all, to lord and land!

[Aragorn is crowned King]

Aragorn: This day does not belong to one man but to all. Let us together rebuild this world that we may share in the days of peace.

Gimli: There's plenty for the both of us, may the best Dwarf win.

[Aragorn readies to take the Paths of the Dead. He leads his horse towards the entrance and passes by Gimli, who stops him]

Gimli: Where do you think you're going?

Aragorn: Not this time, Gimli. This time you must stay.

[Legolas walks up to them, leading his horse]

Legolas: Have you learned nothing of the stubbornness of Dwarves?

Gimli: You may as well accept it. We're going with you, laddy.

Sam: I don't think there will be a return journey, Mr. Frodo.

Gandalf: The board is set... the pieces are moving

Gamling: He leaves because there is no hope.

Theoden: He leaves because he must.

Gamling: Too few have come. We cannot defeat the armies of Mordor.

Theoden: No. We cannot. But we will meet them in battle nonetheless.

Gandalf: We come to it, at last. The great battle of our time.

Pippin: [kneeling] I offer you my service, such as it is, in payment of this debt.

Denethor: This is my first command to you. How did you escape, and my son did not, so mighty a man as he was?

Pippin: The mightiest man may be slain by one arrow... and Boromir was pierced by many.

Gandalf: Get up. My Lord, there will be a time to greive for Boromir, but it is not now. War is coming. The enemy is on your doorstep. As steward, you are charged with the defense of this city. Where are Gondor's armies? You still have friends. You are not alone in this fight. Send word to Theoden of Rohan. Light the Beacons.

Gandalf: Now come the days of the King!


Gandalf: May they be blessed.

Pippin: It's so quiet.

Gandalf: It's the deep breath before the plunge.

Pippin: I don't want to be in a battle. But waiting on the edge of one I can't escape is even worse.

Sam: Give me your hand. Take my hand. Don't you let go. Don't let go... *Reach!*

King of the Dead: Release us.

Gimli: Bad idea. Very handy in a tight spot, these lads, despite the fact they're dead.

Theoden: I have left instruction. The people are to follow your rule in my stead. Take up my seat in the Golden Hall. Long may you defend Edoras if the battle goes ill.

Eowyn: What other duty would you have me do?

Theoden: Duty? No... I would have you smile again, not grieve for those whose time has come. You shall live to see these days renewed. No more despair.

Eowyn: Why are you doing this? The war lies to the East. You cannot leave on the eve of battle.


Eowyn: You cannot abandon the men.

Aragorn: Eowyn...

Eowyn: We need you here.

Aragorn: Why have you come?

Eowyn: Do you not know?

Aragorn: It is but a shadow and a thought that you love. I cannot give you what you seek.

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