Lord Of The Rings: 10 Most Iconic Quotes From The Movies

San Diago Comic-Con revealed the full trailer for the upcoming Lord of the Rings series, The Rings of Power. This, of course, has opened back up the discussion between LotR fans about whether or not the Prime Video series, which is set to begin streaming on September 2nd, will live up to the books written by J.R.R. Tolkien or the beloved movie trilogy directed by Peter Jackson. Only time will tell, but it's safe to say that the bar for Lord of the Rings has been set very high.


Of course, Jackson's film trilogy faced similar criticism when the first installment was released, and even though the director and writers made several changes from Tolkien's original works, the movies are today regarded as classics. Even those that wouldn't categorize themselves as LotR fans are likely to be familiar with many quotes from the films. These famous lines have become iconic of the series itself, perfectly representing the heartfelt, inspiring, comical, and dramatic moments that audiences will surely be looking for in the new series.

"A Wizard Is Never Late, Frodo Baggins. Nor Is He Early."


Gandalf smoking his pipe in The Lord of the Rings

When Gandalf first arrives in the Shire at the beginning of Fellowship of the Ring, he and Frodo exchange some playful banter that establishes the relationship between the old wizard and Bilbo's nephew.

Not only was this a great moment that demonstrated Gandalf's charming levity, but it also created the contrast between the peaceful nature of the Shire and the chaotic moments that would be seen later in the film. Combined with the beautiful green forests and the charms of Hobbiton, it was the perfect start to a great movie.

"What About Second Breakfast?"


Pippin smokes Longbottom Leaf in Return of the King

While the charms of the Shire were enough to make new audiences intrigued by Hobbits, Merry and Pippin made them fall in love. In the film, the two were portrayed as mischievous and lighthearted. While this differs slightly from the Lord of the Rings books, the duo still perfectly exemplified the values of Hobbits.

In one of Pippin's most famous quotes, he asks Aragorn when they will have second breakfast. This confused Aragorn since he was used to long, arduous journeys with sparse rations. But, Hobbits are used to eating six full meals a day, so watching Pippin learn the hard truth was comical.

"One Does Not Simply Walk Into Mordor."



At the Council of Elrond in Rivendell, audiences first become acquainted with those that would soon become members of the Fellowship. Among them, of course, was Boromir, a man from Gondor who was seeking help from Elrond after being instructed to by a dream.

As the group discussed what needed to be done with the One Ring, Boromir played the devil's advocate by explaining how difficult the task really was. Of course, this became not only one of the most memorable quotes of the movie but one of the most easily recognized images since it became a popular meme.

"You Have My Sword."


Aragorn on the Lord of the Rings Cover

Audiences love a good inspirational moment, and Aragorn was great at giving them precisely that. From ruggedly bursting through a double door in slow motion to rushing into battle in Frodo's name (also in slow motion), Aragorn was the epitome of an uplifting, worthy king in Lord of the Rings.

Of course, one of Aragorn's earliest dramatic and inspiring moments was after Frodo had volunteered to bring the Ring to Mordor, and he offered his sword as a symbol of his loyalty. This prompted others to do the same (and my bow! and my ax!) and has since become a geek-community expression of offering a friend assistance.

"All You Have To Decide Is What To Do With The Time That Is Given To You."


Gandalf the Grey holding his staff with soldiers behind him in The Lord of the Rings

No one in The Lord of the Rings is as wise as Gandalf, and he offered these words of wisdom in both his Grey and White forms. However, one of his most quotable moments of insight was said after Frodo shared that he wished the war with Sauron hadn't happened during his time.

Gandalf explained that that is how everyone feels who lives through times of war and destruction, but that they must do the best they can with the life they have been given. This quote was powerful in both the book and movie since it perfectly resonates with anyone in the real world who has been through hard times, and therefore the line is immortalized through shared experience.

"You Shall Not Pass!"


Gandalf vs Balrog in Lord of the Rings

The scene between Gandalf and the Balrog is arguably better in the Lord of the Rings movie than in the book. To terrifying effect, the beast of shadow and flame was portrayed much differently than the book described.

The Balrog's massive form, combined with Gandalf's iconic exclamation, created one of the most impactful moments in film history. Even this quote was changed from the book, in which Gandalf says, "You cannot pass!" It's a very subtle difference, but something about the word "shall" just drove the line right to the soul of audiences.

"Of Course You Are, And I'm Going With You!"


Sam and Frodo at the secret council meeting at Rivendell in The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring

The relationship between Sam and Frodo in the Lord of the Rings books was incredibly intimate in a way that was much more normal in literature during J.R.R. Tolkien's time. By the time the Fellowship of the Ring movie was released in 2001, this kind of relationship between male friends was not the norm, but Jackson committed to it nonetheless.

Ultimately, it was a good thing he did. Audiences have speculated about Sam and Frodo's connection, but one thing is evident in the movies: Sam loved Frodo dearly. This made moments like Sam chasing Frodo down in a river, even though he couldn't swim, all the more impactful and perfectly representative of the LotR themes.

"My Own. My Precious."



Gollum's character in the Lord of the Rings movies allowed Peter Jackson to use cutting-edge motion capture technology to combine actor Andy Serkis' movements and facial expressions with computer-generated imagery. This was done to breathtaking effect, and Serkis' talent in voice acting drove it all home.

Gollum's unique voice was difficult for audiences not to imitate after watching the film, and even years later, "my precious" is still repeated in gargling, rasping voices in both the real world and popular media. Even those who don't identify as LotR fans are likely to know what it is from.

"I Am No Man."


Eowyn standing on the field after battle from The Lord of the Rings

Everyone loves an underdog that they can cheer for, and in LotR, that character is Éowyn. From the time that audiences meet her in the movies, she is trying to break free from the expectations that cling to her as a Lady of Rohan. Her strength was apparent, but she lacked the opportunity to prove herself and escape her "cage."

This made her moment with the Witch King perfectly impactful. The moment that Éowyn pulled off her helmet, let her hair flow, and declared that the legend surrounding the King of the Nazgul didn't apply to her, it was clear that Sauron's second in command was done for.

"I Can't Carry It For You, But I Can Carry You!"


Sam carries Frodo up the slopes of Mount Doom in The Lord of the Rings

It has been argued since the Lord of the Rings books that the true hero of the series is Samwise Gamgee. Frodo may have been carrying the burden, but he would never have made it anywhere near Mordor if Sam hadn't forced him to let him come along.

Then, once they were so close to their goal, Sam provided the boost that ensured that Frodo made it that final mile. Of course, when he did this, it had to be accompanied by a line that, while cheesy, perfectly summed up why the Hobbit was such a great character. Between the line, the smoky mountain, and the exhausted demeanor of both characters, this line was bound to become iconic of both the series and the unique relationship between Middle-earth's most famous hobbits.

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