Written by cycleguy on January 28th, 2014



What’s funny is I had never read a word of Tolkien’s books. I read the Chronicles of Narnia and fell in love with the characters and stories. But Lord of the Rings? No interest whatsoever. When Fellowship of the Ring came out and Tami started talking about it and how her friend was in love with Legolas, my first thought was “Who in the world is Legolas?” (One of the LEGO family of people maybe?). Then Two Towers came on the big screen. No desire to watch. Finally, The Return of the King played. Still missed it. Granted, these are not Jo’s types of movies so there was no real “hankering” to see them. Then one day I was visiting someone and he had Fellowship sitting on a table. I asked him if I might borrow it. I watched it that night and the next day was at his house picking up the second one. He didn’t have a copy of “King” so I had to settle for waiting.  Christmas came shortly after that and I received the Director’s Cuts as gifts. Holy mackerel I hit pay dirt! I couldn’t wait to watch them all, especially King since I had not seen it. Since then I have watched them numerous times. The movies are loaded with memorable quotes. I’d like to give you a couple of those quotes to think about:

Arwen as she kneels beside the fading Frodo on the banks of the Anduin: “What grace has been given to me, let it pass to him.  Let him be spared. Save him.”


Saruman: “Embrace the power of the ring, or embrace your own destruction.”

Gandalf: “There is only one Lord of the ring- only one-and he does not share power.”

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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. It’s not for them to decide. All we have to do is to decide what to do with the time that is given us.”

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You know?  I could insult your intelligence by making application for each of them.  But I believe you are capable of doing that.  I’d like to ask a couple of simple questions: Which one is your favorite and what does it say to you?  Is there another quote from LOTR which you like better? Which of the trilogy is your favorite? Why? 


24 Comments so far ↓

  1. Daniel says:

    I have never read Tolkien (a close friend of C.S. Lewis) and I never saw the movies. I might be the last of my kind.

  2. Caleb Suko says:

    “There is only one Lord of the ring- only one-and he does not share power.” That’s pretty powerful. I haven’t watched the movies closely enough to remember exactly where that is found but I think I can see why Gandalf is saying that and the application to the Christian life is powerful.

    • cycleguy says:

      After Frodo was spared at Rivendell Gandalf is recounting why he did not show up at the “Pony.” I liked the power in the words.

  3. I like the one about there only being one Lord of the ring. I have only seen the movies once, so I’m not sure which one would be my favorite.

  4. David says:

    I read the Hobbit and the Fellowship of the Ring trilogy many years ago and really enjoyed them.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the Fellowship trilogy movies as well. Haven’t seen the first installment of the new Hobbit movie yet, I understand they will be making a 3-quell of the Hobbit as well.

    While I agree with Larry and Caleb on the “only one Lord of the Ring …” quote, I would love to have the heart of grace you can see in behind Arwen’s quote …

    • cycleguy says:

      They are making a 3-quell of the Hobbit as well David. I will probably wait to see them as one. But, your thoughts on Arwen are right on the money. I want to have that kind of heart as well.

  5. floyd says:

    I have to admit I’ve never read an entire C.S. Lewis book, a short part of The Screw Tape Letters. I’ve watched the first couple of the movies, but mostly because of the kids. I hate to be a party pooper, but it just feels like the same story over and over. Maybe it’s too realistic… like the battle of life daily? Pretty sure it’s probably my issue!

    I’ll try to pay attention to the overall lessons the next time I get stuck watching one! (that had to hurt!)

    • cycleguy says:

      The only books of Lewis I have read all the way through have been fiction. And some of those lost me (bored me). Life is a battle for sure.

  6. Ed says:

    I somehow wasn’t that big a fan of LOTR, though I do remember watching the animated version quite a few years ago in my youth. I did watch the newest movies, but somehow couldn’t get into the story line for some reason. Looks like I am going to have to watch them again. I did see The Hobbit for sale, but the description on the box sounded too much like the previous movies. Narnia seemed to catch my attention more than Rings..but only because of the eventual presense of Aslan.

    • cycleguy says:

      I think it would help to see the LOTR first and then see the Hobbit since the latter is a prequel. but that is my preference. And Aslan was more of a presence since he represented Christ. A case could be made for Gandalf being like one as well.

  7. Never read the books, but I have seen all the movies. Very entertaining. I think at this point in my life, I can relate more with the last quote because I keep coming to a similar conclusion within myself: you don’t decide what comes, you decide to do something with what is given you (good or bad). Thanks Bill. 🙂

  8. Kari Scare says:

    There are a lot of quotes I enjoy from LOTR, but one of my favorites is Bilbo @ his birthday party: “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”

    I’ve read the book twice, so has my oldest son, and we enjoy watching the movies (the extended editions, of course) together. There are so many good life lessons and morals in the story.

    • cycleguy says:

      You are your son are people after my own heart Kari. That quote by Bilbo is hilarious given he can’t stand some of the Baggins’ and tried to avoid them. Oh, def the extended versions. How about a marathon?

      • Kari Scare says:

        While my LOTR marathons have taken place over multiple days, I have watched the entire series easily 10 times. My oldest son did talk our youth pastor into watching the whole series in one day – all 11 hours – over Christmas break once. Our YP had never seen the extended version, so he was all for it. They plan to do the same when the Hobbit movies come out on DVD.

        • cycleguy says:

          I love it! Give me plenty of Diet Dr Pepper and some snacks (healthy of course 🙂 ) and a comfortable chair and I’m on it. I think I would like your son, especially since Jo has no desire to experience the magic of LOTR.

          • Kari Scare says:

            Just know his interest extends to Star Wars, Marvel, DC & beyond. He loves series, especially. And, we read the books before whenever possible. Oh, and he’s not into healthy snacks. He is 15.

  9. Eileen says:

    I fell in love with LOTR via my hubby. He’s been a huge fan since he was a kid. I was like you, I was into the Narnia books as a kid. So many beautiful messages in both stories!

  10. jeff says:

    It seems curious to me how believers and fantasy authors find so much in common.

    • Kari Scare says:

      Perhaps “fantasy” is more accurate than we realize. Perhaps “reality” isn’t as accurate as we think, as our eyes tell us. Reading The Revelation, I’m inclined to believe there’s more than what “reality” is telling me.