Poems and Tales of Middle-Earth:
Minas Tirith
(illustration by John Howe)
Minas Tirith
(illustration by Alan Lee)
The Lord of the Rings
Part III. The Return of the King

Quotes from Tolkien's Novel
Minas Tirith: Ernil i Pheriannath
.  "Yet in the wizard's face he saw at first only lines of care and sorrow; though as he looked more intently he perceived that under all there was a great joy: a fountain of mirth enough to set a kingdom laughing, were it to gush forth."
.  " 'Still the Lord of Gondor learned more from you than you may have guessed.
   [...]'He is not as other men of this time, Pippin, and whatever be his descent from father to son, by some chance the blood of Westernesse runs nearly true in him; as it does in his other son, Faramir, and yet did not in Boromir whom he loved best. He has long sight. He can perceive, if he bends his will thither, much of what is passing in the minds of men, even of those that dwell far off. It is difficult to deceive him, and dangerous to try.
   Remember that! For you are now sworn to his service. I do not know what put it into your head, or your heart, to do that. But it was well done. I did not hinder it, for generous deed should not be checked by cold counsel.
   [...]'Well, no need to brood on what tomorrow will bring. For one thing, tomorrow will be certain to bring worse than today, for many days to come. And there is nothing more that I can do to help it."
.  " 'Er well,' said Pippin, 'if I may venture to say so, rather a burning question in my mind at present is, well, what about breakfast and all that? I mean, what are the meal-times, if you understand me, and where is the dining-room, if there is one?' "
.  " 'There go the last of the wains that bear away to refuge the aged, the children, and the women that must go with them. [...] It is a sad necessity.' He [Beregond] sighed. 'Few, maybe, of those now sundered will meet again."
.  " 'So near to Mordor?' said Beregond quietly. 'Yes, there it lies. We seldom name it; but we have dwelt ever in sight of that shadow: sometimes it seems fainter and more distant; sometimes nearer and darker. [...] And the Lord Denethor [...] will at times search even the mind of the Enemy, wrestling with him. And so it is that he is old, worn before his time. [...] This is a great war long-planned, and we are but one piece in it, whatever pride may say."
.  " 'All the same, I wish it was over for good or ill,' said Pippin. 'I am no warrior at all and dislike any thought of battle; but waiting on the edge of one that I can't escape is worst of all. [...] A pawn did Gandalf say? Perhaps; but one the wrong chessboard.' "
.  " 'Which question shall I answer first?' said Pippin. '[...] I am but four feet, and not likely to grow any more, save sideways.' "
.  " 'The Darkness has begun. There will be no dawn." [Gandalf]
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