The Tolkien Quote Database
Quotes from The Return of the King
"Well, here at last, dear friends, on the shores of the sea comes the end of our fellowship in middle-earth. Go in peace! I will not say: do not weep for not all tears are an evil."
Gandalf
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Grey Havens, The Return of the King
"Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate
And though I oft have passed them by
The day will come at last when I
Shall take the hidden paths that run
West of the Moon and East of the Sun."
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Grey Havens, The Return of the King
"But do you remember Gandalf's words: Even Gollum may have something yet to do? But for him, Sam, I could not have destroyed the Ring. The Quest would have been in vain, even at the bitter end. So let us forgive him! For the Quest is achieved and now all is over. I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam."
Frodo
J.R.R. Tolkien, Mount Doom, The Return of the King
"That is a fair lord and a great captain of men. If Gondor has such men still in these days of fading, great must have been its glory in the days of its rising."
Legolas about Prince Imrahil
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Last Debate, The Return of the King
"I have come," he said. "But I do not choose now to do what I came to do. I will not do this deed. The Ring is mine!" And suddenly, as he set it on his finger, he vanished from Sam's sight."
Frodo
J.R.R. Tolkien, Mount Doom, The Return of the King
"Come not between the Nazgűl and his prey! Or he will not slay thee in thy turn. He will bear thee away to the houses of lamentation, beyond all darkness, where thy flesh shall be devoured, and thy shriveled mind be left naked to the Lidless Eye."
The Witch-King of Angmar to Éowyn
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Battle of the Pelennor Fields, The Return of the King
"The Black Rider flung back his hood, and behold! he had a kingly crown; and yet upon no head visible was it set. The red fires shone between it and the mantled shoulders vast and dark. From a mouth unseen there came a deadly laughter.
'Old fool!' he said. 'Old fool! This is my hour. Do you not know Death when you see it? Die now and curse in vain!' And with that he lifted high his sword and flames ran down the blade."
Gandalf’s encounter with The Witch-King of Angmar
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Siege of Gondor, The Return of the King
"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 that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule."
Gandalf
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Last Debate, The Return of the King
"Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised."
Aragorn
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Passing of the Grey Company, The Return of the King