The Return of the King
Important Quotations Explained
cannot enter here. . . . Go back to the abyss prepared for you!
Go back! Fall into the nothingness that awaits you and your Master.
would have things as they were in all the days of my life . . .
and in the days of my longfathers before me: to be the Lord of this
City in peace, and leave my chair to a son after me, who would be
his own master and no wizard’s pupil. But if doom denies this to
me, then I will have naught: neither life diminished, nor love halved,
nor honour abated.”
that hour of trial it was the love of his master that helped most
to hold him firm; but also deep down in him lived still unconquered
his plain hobbit-sense: he knew in the core of his heart that he
was not large enough to bear such a burden, even if such visions
were not a mere cheat to betray him.
do you remember Gandalf’s words: Even Gollum may have something
yet to do? But for him, Sam, I could not have destroyed the Ring.
The Quest would have been in vain, even at the bitter end. So let
us forgive him! For the Quest is achieved, and now all is over.
I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam.”
I have been too deeply hurt, Sam. I tried to save the Shire, and
it has been saved, but not for me. It must often be so, Sam, when
things are in danger: someone has to give them up, lose them, so
that others may keep them.”
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