Mithrandir – The Gandalf Fanlisting
These are quotes from the three Lord of the Rings movies, not from the book.
The Fellowship of the Ring
– A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins, nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.
– There are many magic rings in this world, Bilbo Baggins, and NONE of them should be used lightly.
– Do not take me for some conjurer of cheap tricks! I am NOT trying to rob you… I’m trying to help you.
– Don’t… tempt me, Frodo! I dare not take it. Not even to keep it safe. Understand, Frodo, I would use this ring from a desire to do good, but through me, it would wield a power too great and terrible to imagine.
– There is only one Lord of the Ring, only one who bends it to his will, and he does not share power!
– Pity? It was pity that stayed Bilbo’s hand. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them, Frodo? Do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. Even the very wise cannot see all ends. My heart tells me that Gollum has some part to play yet, for good or evil, before this is over. The pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many.
– 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 were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought…
– Fool of a Took! Throw yourself in next time and rid us of your stupidity!
– I am a servant of the Secret Fire,
Wielder of the flame of Anor.
Dark fire will not avail you, Flame of Udûn.
Go back to the shadow!
You shall not pass!
– Fly, you fools!
The Two Towers
– Through fire and water. From the lowest dungeon to the highest peak, I fought him, the Balrog of Morgoth. Until at last, I threw down my enemy and smote his ruin upon the mountainside. Darkness took me. And I strayed out of thought and time. Stars wheeled overhead and every day was as long as a life-age of the earth. But it was not the end. I felt life in me again.
I’ve been sent back until my task is done.
– And I come back to you now at the turn of the tide.
– The Grey Pilgrim… that’s what they used to call me. Three hundred lives of men I’ve walked this earth and now I have no time. Good luck. My search will not be in vain. Look to my coming at first light on the fifth day. At dawn, look to the East.
– Sauron’s wrath will be terrible, his retribution swift. The battle for Helm’s Deep is over. The battle for Middle-earth is about to begin. All our hopes now lie with two little Hobbits, somewhere in the wilderness.
The Return of the King
– There was no lie in Pippin’s eyes. A fool, but an honest fool he remains.
– We’ve been strangely fortunate. Pippin saw in the palantír a glimpse of the enemy’s plan. Sauron moves to strike the city of Minas Tirith. His defeat at Helm’s Deep showed our enemy one thing. He knows the heir of Elendil has come forth. Men are not as weak as he supposed. There is courage still, strength enough to perhaps challenge him. Sauron fears this. He will not risk the peoples of Middle-earth uniting under one banner. He will raze Minas Tirith to the ground before he sees a king return to the throne of Men. If the beacons of Gondor are lit, Rohan must be ready for war.
– You must come to Minas Tirith by another road. Follow the river and look to the black ships. Understand this: Things are now in motion that cannot be undone.
– I ride for Minas Tirith… And I won’t be going alone.
– Of all the inquisitive Hobbits, Peregrin Took, you are the worst.
– Three days’ ride, as the Nazgul flies. And you’d better hope we don’t have one of those on our tail.
– Run, Shadowfax. Show us the meaning of haste.
– Yes, the White Tree of Gondor. The Tree of the king. Lord Denethor, however, is not king. He is a Steward only, a caretaker of the throne. Now listen carefully. Lord Denethor is Boromir’s father. To give him news of his beloved son’s death would be most unwise. And do not mention Frodo – or the ring. And say nothing of Aragorn either.
In fact, it’s better if you don’t speak at all, Peregrin Took.
– I come with tidings in this dark hour, and with counsel.
– My lord, there will be a time to grieve for Boromir… But it is not now. War is coming. The enemy is on your doorstep. As steward, you are charged with the defense of this city. Where are Gondor’s armies? You still have friends. You are not alone in this fight. Send word to Théoden of Rohan. Light the beacons.
– Authority is not given to you to deny the return of the king, steward.
– You’re in the service of the steward now. You’re going to have to do as you’re told, Peregrin Took, guard of the Citadel.
– It’s the deep breath before the plunge.
– There never was much hope. Just a fool’s hope.
– Our enemy is ready. His full strength’s gathered. Not only Orcs, but Men as well. Legions of Haradrim from the south, mercenaries from the coast. All will answer Mordor’s call. This will be the end of Gondor as we know it. Here the hammer stroke will fall hardest. If the river is taken, if the garrison at Osgiliath falls, the last defense of this city will be gone.
[Pippin: But we have the White Wizard. That’s got to count for something.]
– Sauron has yet to reveal his deadliest servant, the one who will lead Mordor’s armies in war. The one they say no living man can kill. The Witch-king of Angmar. You’ve met him before. He stabbed Frodo on Weathertop. He is the lord of the Nazgûl, the greatest of the Nine. Minas Morgul is his lair.
– We come to it at last. The great battle of our time.
– The board is set. The pieces are moving.
– Peregrin Took, my lad, there is a task now to be done. Another opportunity for one of the Shire-folk to prove their great worth. You must not fail me.
– Hope is kindled.
– Courage is the best defense that you have now.
– Prepare for battle! Hurry, men! To the wall! Defend the wall! Return to your posts! Send these foul beasts into the abyss. Hold them back! Do not give into fear. Stand to your posts! Fight! Not to the towers! Aim for the trolls! Kill the trolls! Bring them down! Fight them back!
– Guard of the Citadel, indeed.
– You are soldiers of Gondor. No matter what comes through that gate, you will stand your ground.
– Fight! Fight to the last man! Fight for your lives!
– Stay this madness! […] So passes Denethor, son of Ecthelion.
[Pippin: I didn’t think it would end this way.]
Gandalf: End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path… One that we all must take. The grey rain curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass. And then you see it.
[Pippin: What, Gandalf? See what?]
Gandalf: White shores… And beyond. A far green country, under a swift sunrise.
[Pippin: Well… That isn’t so bad.]
Gandalf: No. No, it isn’t.
Gandalf: Frodo has passed beyond my sight. The darkness is deepening.
[Aragorn: If Sauron had the Ring, we would know it.]
Gandalf: It’s only a matter of time. He has suffered a defeat, yes, but behind the walls of Mordor our enemy is regrouping.
[Gimli: Let him stay there. Let him rot! Why should we care?]
Gandalf: Because 10,000 Orcs now stand between Frodo and Mount Doom. I’ve sent him to his death.
– Sauron will suspect a trap. He will not take the bait.
– Now come to pass the days of the king. May they be blessed.
– Farewell, my brave Hobbits. My work is now finished. Here at last, on the shores of the sea… Comes the end of our Fellowship. I will not say, “Do not weep”, for not all tears are an evil.