Amazon’s mega project, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, is just about to come out. Now, I was a huge skeptic and disliked the idea of the show being made from the get-go, but now, after several trailers and plot reveals – I just can’t wait to watch the show.
The show isn’t out just yet, but there’s already tons of material to check out to help you and me understand in which direction the show will be going. Without further ado, here are the 24 best The Rings of Power quotes we could find so far. Enjoy!
“My brother gave his life hunting the enemy. His task is now mine.”
Let’s get this thing right off the bat. We know Lady Galadriel wasn’t a soldier in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, so it was weird to see the character (portrayed by Morfydd Clark) in a suit of armor. This quote explains why the Elven Queen chose to fight on the battlefield in The Rings of Power.
“Ours was no chance meeting. Not fate. Nor destiny. Ours was the work of something greater.”
Galadriel explains how the characters all came together to fight the rising evil. It was no accident that the Elves, Dwarves, and Men came together – it was the only way to defeat the darkness.
“Everyone – each of us – needs to decide who we shall be.”
The quote was given by Queen Regent Miriel, trying to get her people to fight, not flee. They get to decide whether they will surrender and fall or fight until the last drop of blood and sweat.
“I’m not the hero you seek.”
This quote comes from Halbrand, a character we don’t know a lot about, except that he was created for the purposes of the show. But, him saying, “I’m not the hero you seek,” somehow makes me think he’ll be the hero we seek.
“Whatever it is you did – be free of it.”
This was Galadriel’s advice for Halbrand, who she found stranded at sea during a storm. He obviously had huge regrets and remorse for something in his past, though we don’t yet know what it was.
“Choose not the path of fear, but that of faith.”
This sounds exactly like something Galadriel would say. Fighting an almighty evil is scary, but one can beat it only if one truly believes it.
“One thing we can do better than any creature in all Middle-earth – we stay true to each other, with our hearts even bigger than our feet.”
Harfoot Hobbits will play a big role in the series, and this quote from one of them sums up their essence perfectly. They are not the biggest, strongest, or wisest – but they have the biggest hearts.
“You have fought long enough, Galadriel. Put up your sword.”
Elrond is not the one to engage in combat and advises Galadriel to rest and stop fighting, to which she responds: “Without it, what am I to be?” Those words clearly resonate with Elrond later, as he was the one on the battlefield during the Siege of Barad-Dur when Sauron first lost the One Ring.
“We thought the war, at last, was ended. We thought our joys would be unending. We thought our light would never dim.”
The quote coming from Galadriel again shows how sure the Elves, Men, and other habitats of Middle-earth were that the battle against evil was finally over. Little did they know, the worst was yet to come.
“The skies are strange.”
This simple quote came from a Harfoot Hobbit named Sadoc Burrows, who was the first to notice something falling from the sky. It marked the arrival of a character only known as The Stranger – and the beginning of darker times rising again.
“It is here, Galadriel. The moment we feared.”
We don’t get much context, other than Lady Galadriel realizing the war was far from over – and that the Dark Lord was only beginning his ascent.
“Evil does not sleep. It waits.”
This particular quote gave me chills because it kind of took me back to the original Lord of the Rings trilogy. Sauron didn’t sleep or disappear – he waited for the perfect moment to rise again, and that’s exactly what will happen in The Rings of Power.
“The enemy is still out there. The question now – is where.”
Another quote from Galadriel, who realizes the war is not over, as Elrond believed at first. She knows the enemy is not gone – but waiting, as explained in the previous quote.
“He has no one name, but many.”
Sauron, the Dark Lord, Morgoth’s disciple, Annatar… the Stranger? I’m convinced that the character we now know as the Stranger will turn out to be Sauron in disguise.
“If the evil rising is left unchecked, it will take us all.”
Dwarves might not be fond of Elves, and vice-versa, nor were the early Harfoot Hobbits fond of Men – but they will all need to work together to fend off the rising evil. If they don’t, the evil won’t pick who to destroy – it will take them all.
“Find the light, and the shadow will not find you.”
This quote reminded me so much of the moment when Frodo received the Phial of Galadriel in the original LOTR movie trilogy. Back then, she said: “ It will shine still brighter when night is about you. May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.” Goosebumps, right?
“There can be no trust between hammer and rock. Eventually, one or the other must surely break.”
Prince Durin IV delivers this quote that can be interpreted as an allegory of the relationship between Dwarves and Elves. Sure, they work together towards a common goal, but in reality, there’s no real trust here.
“You have been told many lies of Middle-earth.”
We don’t know who said this, nor what lies they are referring to, but I honestly can’t wait to find out what secrets the show will uncover.
“There was a time when the world was so young, there had not yet been a sunrise. But even then, there was light.”
If you have read Tolkien before, you will recognize the light they are referring to as the Two Trees of Valinor. Personally, it is my favorite part of Tolkien’s entire world and its history. Although the Trees were destroyed thousands of years before the events of this series, I hope we’ll see and hear a lot more about that part of Middle-earth (and Valinor) history.
“Elves have forests to protect. Dwarves – their mines. Men – their fields of grain. But we Harfoots have each other. We’re safe.”
This was a lovely but naive quote coming from a newly-created character – one of the Harfoot Hobbits who believed the war and the evil wouldn’t reach them. Of course, they were so wrong.
“You have not seen what I have seen.”
Galadriel tries to convince Elrond that the war is far from over, but he refuses to believe her, as he only responds – “I have seen my share.”
“Darkness will march over the face of the Earth. It will be the end not just of our people, but all peoples.”
High King Gil-galad saw what was coming and knew how grave the danger of the rising evil was. Through the despair, though, he continued to fight and was one of the last ones standing against the Dark Lord and his might.
“The past is dead. We either move forward, or we die with it.”
This was a quote from Elendil the Tall, similar to what Galadriel said to Halbrand; if you dwell on the past, you cannot fight for the future. If you dwell on the past, there can be no future.
“Haven’t you ever wondered what else is out there? There are wonders in this world beyond our wandering. I can feel it.”
Two young Harfoots talk about the vast world beyond their home – and they embark on an adventure that puts them on a collision course with The Stranger.