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The Return of the King: Top Ten Quotes

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  1. "Too often have I heard of duty," she cried. "But am I not of the House of Eorl, a shield maiden and not a dry-nurse? I have waited on faltering feet long enough. Since they falter no longer, it seems, may I not now spend my life as I will?" (Book V, Chapter 2)
  2. Such was the dark Dunharrow, the work of long-forgotten men. Their name was lost and no song or legend remembered it. For what purpose they had made this place, as a town or secret temple or a tomb of kings, none in Rohan could say. Here they laboured in the Dark Years. and now they had vanished, and only the old Pukel-men were left, still sitting at the turnings of the road. (Book V, Chapter 3)
  3. "Let us remember that a traitor may betray himself and do good that he does not intend. It can be so sometimes." (Book V, Chapter 4)
  4. "Hinder me? Thou fool. No living man may hinder me!" Then Merry heard the strangest of all sounds in that hour the strangest. It seemed that Dernhelm laughed, and the clear voice was like the ring of steel. "But no living man am I!" (Book V, Chapter 6)
  5. "Work of the Enemy!" said Gandalf. "Such deeds he loves: friend at war with friend; loyalty divided in confusion of hearts." (Book V, Chapter 7)
  6. "The Shadow that bred [the orcs] can only mock, it cannot make: not real new things of its own. I don't think it gave life to the orcs, it only ruined them and twisted them." (Book VI, Chapter 1)
  7. "A great Shadow has departed," said Gandalf, and then he laughed, and the sound was like music, or like water in a parched land; and has he listened the thought came to Sam that he had not heard laughter, the pure sound of merriment, for days upon days without count. It fell upon his ears like the echo of all the joys he had ever known. (Book VI, Chapter 4)
  8. But when Aragorn arose all that beheld him gazed in silence, for it seemed to them that he was revealed to them now for the first time. Tall as the sea-kings of old, he stood above all that were near: ancient of days he seemed and yet in the flower of manhood; and wisdom sat upon his brow, and strength and healing were in his hands, and a light was about him. (Book VI, Chapter 5)
  9. "It is useless to meet revenge with revenge; it will heal nothing." (Book VI, Chapter 8)
  10. "You cannot be always torn in two. You will have to be one and whole, for many years. I tried to save the Shire, and it has been saved, but not for me." (Book VI, Chapter 9)



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