Everything I ever needed to know I learned fromThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – Book 5 

(Compiled by Jamsco)

The mightiest man may be slain by one arrow. ··· Once again it is shown that looks may belie the man. ··· Here do I swear fealty and service to the Lord and Steward of the realm, to speak and to be silent, to do and to let be, to come and to go, in need or plenty, in peace or war, in living or dying, from this hour henceforth until my lord release me, or death take me or the world end. ··· And this do I hear, Steward of the King, and I will not forget it, nor fail to reward that which is given: fealty with love, valor with honor, oath-breaking with vengeance. ··· Pride would be folly that disdained help and counsel at need. ··· Generous deeds should not be checked by cold counsel. ··· They say that me who go warring afield look ever to the next hope of food and of drink. ··· At the table small men may do the greater deeds, we say. ··· Strange accents do not mar fair speech. ··· It is over-late to send for aid when you are already besieged. ··· There are still other fastnesses and secret ways of escape into the mountains. Hope and memory shall live still in some hidden valley where the grass is green. ··· Twenty-nine! Why you are quite old. ··· Always my days have seemed to me too short to achieve my desire. ··· The enemy is not so mighty yet that he is above fear; nay, doubt ever gnaws him. ··· The hasty stroke oft goes astray. ··· Few may spend their life as they will with honor ··· Speak not words of omen. ··· Where will wants not, a way opens, so we say. ··· In desperate hours gentleness may be repaid with death. ··· Let us remember that a betrayer might betray himself and do good that he does not intend. ··· Dead men are not friends to living men, and give them no gifts. ··· Good fortune go with you for tidings and for guidance. ··· Need brooks no delay, yet late is better than never. ··· May you live beyond this day in days of blessedness. ··· Too late is worse than never. ··· Great heart will not be denied. ··· Even in the heart of our stronghold the Enemy has power to strike us. ··· Work of the enemy! Such deeds he loves: friends at war with friends; loyalty divided in confusion of hearts. ··· Authority is not given to you to order the hour of your death. ··· It’s not always a misfortune being overlooked. ··· Who would lie idle when the king has returned? ··· Few other griefs among this world have more bitterness and shame for a man’s heart than to behold the love of a lady so fair and brave that cannot be returned. ··· It is best to love first what you are fitted to love, I suppose. You must start somewhere and have some roots. ··· For thus it is spoken: Oft hope is born when all is forlorn. ··· Follow what may, great deeds are not lessened in worth. ··· It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succor of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clear earth to till.

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