“Never thought I would die fighting side by side with an elf”
“What about side by side with a friend?”
“Aye, I could do that”
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!
I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.
“The enemy? His sense of duty was no less than yours, I deem. You wonder what his name is, where he came from. And if he was really evil at heart. What lies or threats led him on this long march from home. If he would not rather have stayed there in peace. War will make corpses of us all.”
Frodo: “I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.”
Gandalf: “So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world, Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring, in which case you also were meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought.”
Dom: Well, here’s an interesting thing to talk about. You’ve got Gandalf and Aragorn and Legolas and Gimli and Théoden and Éomer defending a castle, defending a fortress, trying as hard as they can to stop the flow of Uruk-hai, but Merry and Pippin destroy Saruman’s castle with the help of the Ents, you know?
Billy: Yeah, yeah.
Dom: And then…
Billy: Ultimately, what was the most important for the course of the war.
Dom: For Middle-earth. And then you see that the marauding Uruk-hai that do escape from the people defending Helm’s Deep are then killed by the forest that we have managed to get onto our side, you know?
Dom: So, I think maybe The Two Towers should’ve been called ‘The Adventures of Merry and Pippin’.
Billy: We shall rename it. -
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“He deserves death.”
“Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. I have not much hope that Gollum can be cured before he dies, but there is a chance of it. And he is bound up with the fate of the Ring. My heart tells me that he has some part to play yet, or good or Ill, before the end; and when that comes, the pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many - yours not least.”– Frodo and Gandalf discussing the fate of the betrayer Gollum (Lord of the Rings)