2. “It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.”

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

4. “Many that live deserve death, and some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them?”

5. “I will not say, ‘Do not weep,’ for not all tears are an evil.”

6. “Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?”

7. “So do I, and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide.”

8. “Well, here at last, dear friends, on the shores of the Sea, comes the end of our fellowship in Middle-earth. Go in peace!”

9. “This is a serious journey, not a hobbit walking-party.”

10. “This is your realm, and the heart of the greater realm that shall be.”

11. “Do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement, for even the very wise cannot see all ends.”

12. “There are many powers in this world, for good or for evil. Some are greater than I am. And against some, I have not yet been tested.”

13. “Evidently, we look so much alike that your desire to make an incurable dent in my hat must be excused.”

14. “He may become like a glass filled with a clear light for to see that can.”

15. “Courage will now be your best defense against the storm that is at hand—that and such hope as I bring.”

16. “I think there’s more to this hobbit than meets the eye.”

17. “Far, far below the deepest delvings of the dwarves, the world is gnawed by nameless things.”

18. “Do not then stumble at the end of the road.”

19. “All good stories deserve embellishment.”

20. “Send these foul beasts into the abyss.”

21. “Death is just another path—one we all must take.”

22. “It’s the deep breath before the plunge.”

23. “Be silent. Keep your forked tongue behind your teeth. I did not pass through fire and death to bandy crooked words with a witless worm.”

24. “The burned hand teaches best. After that, advice about fire goes to the heart.”

25. “Fool of a Took! Throw yourself in next time and rid us of your stupidity!”

26. “There can be only one Lord of the Rings—only one who can bend them to his will, and he does not share power!”

27. “This foe is beyond any of you.”

28. “That wound will never fully heal. He will carry it the rest of his life.”

29. “It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the success of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till.”

30. “The world is not in your books and maps. It is out there.”

31. “It is the small things—everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay; simple acts of kindness.”

32. “Who knows? Have patience. Go where you must go, and hope!”

33. “A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early; he arrives precisely when he means to.”

34. “It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations if you live near him.”

35. “The road goes ever on and on—down from the door where it began, now far ahead the road has gone; and I must follow if I can.”

36. “There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure.”

37. “If more of us valued food, and cheer, and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

38. “You’ll have a tale or two to tell when you come back.”

39. “You must yourself. Trust your own strengths.”

40. “You can learn all there is to know about their ways in a month, and yet after a hundred years, they can still surprise you.”

41. “I suppose you think that was terribly clever?”

42. “If in doubt, always follow your nose.”

43. “It will be very good for you, and most amusing for me.”

44. “If we are to be successful, this will need to be handled with tact, and respect, and no small degree of charm; which is why you will leave the talking to me.”

45. “Many are the strange chances of the world, and help often shall come from the hands of the weak when the wise falter.”

46. “Do not take me for some conjurer of cheap tricks! I am not trying to rob you! I’m trying to help you. All your long years we’ve been friends. Trust me as you once did. Let it go.”

47. “His grief he will not forget; but it will not darken his heart, it will teach him wisdom.”


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