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One Ring To Rule Them All

What is it about these verses that send shivers down my spine?

Have I become a Lord of the Rings fanboy?

I mean, I’ve always loved the books. And I thought the movies were amazing. I’ve watched each of them 3 times.

And this verse just makes me giddy. It’s so good, so perfect, and such a great setup for the entire story.

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

I can’t think of any poem or verse, and even very few passages, that say everything you need to know like that one.

It’s seriously one of my favorite passages in all of literature.

What passage from The Lord of the Rings stands out to you the most?

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  1. “You must understand, young Hobbit, it takes a long time to say anything in Old Entish. And we never say anything unless it is worth taking a long time to say.”

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    June 19, 2014
  2. Teresa #

    It’s a great piece! I don’t have the books nearby, so I can’t quote from Gollum. But I love the musicality of Gollum’s self-talk.

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    June 19, 2014
  3. Sam #

    The one that gives me the shiver is “All that is gold does not glitter.” That entire poem is so perfect!

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    June 19, 2014
    • sally1137 #

      That’s my favorite too. I’m just tiptoeing into book 2 for the first time, and so far, Alador is one of my favorites.

      Snagged off of wikipedia (so I don’t lose my place):

      All that is gold does not glitter,
      Not all those who wander are lost;
      The old that is strong does not wither,
      Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
      From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
      A light from the shadows shall spring;
      Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
      The crownless again shall be king.

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      June 19, 2014
  4. The Road goes ever on and on
    Down from the door where it began.
    Now far ahead the Road has gone,
    And I must follow, If I can,
    Pursuing it with eager feet,
    Until it joins some larger way
    Where many paths and errands meet.
    And whither then? I cannot say.

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    June 19, 2014
  5. It has been a while since I have cracked open the books. But I always enjoy reading the opening about Hobbiton. What a wonderful place to live. Why would anyone ever want to leave?

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    June 19, 2014
  6. This passage makes me shiver too. It’s the feeling of fate that it carries, the promise of something grand and epic that has the power to change the world for good or evil. I love it too.

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    June 19, 2014
    • Yes!

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      June 19, 2014
      • Did you ever hear the song “Beleriand” by The Middle East? It manages to capture all that atmosphere contained in lotr and the simarillion. I love it!

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        June 19, 2014
  7. I feel like that passage is perfect to use to describe what the book is about. The books are about the quest for the One Ring.
    Also, I love anything Gandalf says.

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    June 19, 2014
  8. Denise #

    I’m also quite fond of “Not all who wander are lost” which I believe is said of Strider and the Rangers, though I don’t have my book nearby to check my reference. It’s become fairly cliche now, but that doesn’t diminish it’s quality.

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    June 19, 2014
  9. There’s so much to love that it’s hard to choose. I’m drawn to these ones, both by Gandalf:

    “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 clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.”

    “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.”

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    June 19, 2014
  10. I love all of the above quotes. This is another favorite of mine.

    “I wish it need not have happened in my time,’ said Frodo. ‘So do I,’ said Gandalf, ‘and 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 us.”

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    June 19, 2014
    • What sheer genius from Tolkien. This passage resonates with such truth and wisdom that we all should take heed. I had goosebumps when the film version took this phrase a step further. Simply inspirational.

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      June 19, 2014
      • I agree. It’s hard to narrow down the favorite and most inspirational passages. There are simply too many to choose from! An icon, to be sure.

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        June 19, 2014
  11. Wow. I had no idea Tolkien was such a good poet! I might have to read these books!

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    June 19, 2014
  12. My husband has read the trilogy, but I have not. These quotes are making me want to take a crack at it.

    Strangely enough, my son’s Warriors series about feuding clans of cats, written by Erin Hunter, has similar types of passages called prophecies. My son has memorized them. There is something in the elevated language that appeals to the reader.

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    June 19, 2014
  13. Oooh reading “One ring to rule them all” and “All that is gold” is giving me the shivers, I’d forgotten how they could bring an element of Tolkien’s world into my very bedroom as I read them 😛
    Thank you for reminding me how awesome these verses are!
    Toby

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    June 19, 2014
  14. I love the movies, but have never read them.

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    June 19, 2014
  15. Aragorn threw back his cloak. The elven-sheath glittered as he grasped it, and the bright blade of Andúril shone like a sudden flame as he swept it out. ‘Elendil!’ he cried. ‘I am Aragorn, son of Arathorn, and am called Elessar, the Elfstone, Dúnadan, the heir of Isildur Elendil’s son of Gondor. Here is the Sword that was Broken and is forged again! Will you aid me or thwart me? Choose swiftly!

    – Aragorn flexing.

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    June 19, 2014
  16. Reblogged this on a little wail and commented:
    The Chinese version—splendid!

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    June 20, 2014
  17. Liz #

    There’s a line that Faramir says about someday being an old man and talking of the war while sitting in the shadow of a wall that always got to me. I wish I could remember it. There was also a throwaway line in Tolkien’s introduction about how most of his contemporaries that he knew had died in WWI. It was so matter of fact and so more shocking.

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    June 20, 2014
  18. I had to click on your blog, just because it was recommended on the side saying “blogs your followers read”. I am nosy by nature and clicked on it. Oh No, another blog I will have to follow. Reading blogs is my morning pleasure. Nothing beats a “good read” and a good cup of coffee. I am afraid my mornings are getting longer and longer :-).

    Thank you for letting me follow. Enjoyed reading so far and will continue to do so!

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    June 21, 2014
  19. I love GANDALF!!!

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    June 22, 2014
  20. This ALWAYS gives me chills down my spine. Love it.

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    July 1, 2014

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