Characters from Lord of The Rings


Caution is one thing and wavering is another.

If by life or death I can save you, I will.

All that is gold does not glitter.

My cuts, short or long, don't go wrong.

It is not my fate to sit in peace.

Yet we would not have it otherwise. If simple folk are free from care and fear, simple they will be, and we must be secret to keep them so. This has been the task of my kindred, while the years have lengthened and the grass has grown.

Let the guide go first while you have one.

Come! We have a long road, and much to do.

Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear; nor are they one thing among Elves and Dwarves and another among Men.

We may not shoot an old man, at unawares and unchallenged, whatever fear or doubt be upon us.

One who cannot cast away a treasure at need is in fetters.

Always my days have seemed too short to achieve my desire.

I go on a path appointed.

The deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.

To waver is to fall.


Such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.


The Men of the Mark do not lie, therefore they are not easily deceived.


I would not snare even an orc with a falsehood.

The praise of the praiseworthy is above all rewards.

We are truth-speakers, we men of Gondor. We boast seldom, and then perform, or die in the attempt.


I will take the ring, though I do not know the way.


For the fate of Lothlórien you are not answerable, but only for the doing of your own task.

Sleep in peace! Do not trouble your hearts overmuch with the though of the road tonight. Maybe the paths that you each shall tread are already laid before your feet, though you do not see them.


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.

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.

He who breaks a thing to find out what it is, has left the path of wisdom.

It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.

And it is not our part here to take thought only for a season, or for a few lives of Men, or for a passing age of the world.

The treacherous are ever distrustful.

The wise speak only of what they know,

That was lies our hope, where sits our greatest fear.

Let him go at once, wherever he chooses. By his choice you shall judge him.

To crooked eyes, truth may wear a wry face.

Perilous to us all are the devices of an art deeper than we possess ourselves.


The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourseves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.

courage is found in unlikely places


Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.


[When] in doubt, a man of worth will trust to his own wisdom.


Few can foresee whither their road will lead them, till they come to its end.


Short cuts make long delays


Handsome is as handsome does.

It's the job that's never started as takes longest to finish.

After last night I feel different. I seem to see ahead, in a kind of way. I know we are going to take a very long road, into darkness; but I know I can't turn back. [.] I have something to do before the end, and it lies ahead, not in the shire. I must see it through, sir, if you understand me.


Faithful heart may have forward tongue.

Tom Bombadil

Clothes are but little loss, if you escape from drowning.

Be bold, but wary! Keep up your merry hearts, and ride to meet your fortune!


It is easier to shout "stop!" than to do it.

Things will go as they will; and there is no need to hurry to meet them.

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