While The Lord of the Rings series might be better known as a story because of the popularity of the movies, The Hobbit is what started it all. Generations of fans have enjoyed the story of Bilbo’s adventure with Thorin and Company, and it was this story that laid the foundation of everything that would happen in The Lord of the Rings.
While the book is loved by many, the trilogy of movies expanded on the book and included information from appendices of the LOTR series, too. The story of Bilbo is one that is full of a lot of excitement and inspiration, and we’ve collected a list of the ten most inspiring quotes from all three of the films.
10 “I’M GOING ON AN ADVENTURE!”
This is definitely one of the most iconic and easy to quote lines from the first Hobbit film, An Unexpected Journey. While Bilbo is hesitant at first to agree to go on the adventure with the dwarves, his courageous and curious side gets the better of him.
When he decides to join the company he is already running late, and he has to run as quickly as he can to meet up with them. This line that he says while on the run is definitely fun to quote and a good line to say when you’re about to go on your own adventure.
9 “LOYALTY, HONOR, A WILLING HEART. I CAN ASK NO MORE THAN THAT.”
This line is one that Thorin says to Balin towards the beginning of the first film. While there is obviously concern that their small company of dwarves won’t be enough to be able to return to the mountain and defeat Smaug, Thorin says that he would rather have this small ragtag group than an entire army. The reason for this is that these dwarves showed their loyalty to him by answering his call for help. This is a great quote because it illustrates Thorin’s heart and what kind of leader he tries to be.
8 “I AM FIRE. I AM...DEATH.”
This line is definitely quite an intense one, and it’s also one that many fans of the films were quoting a lot after they came out. Smaug says this line at the end of The Desolation of Smaug, the second film in the trilogy. When Smaug is released upon Laketown, it definitely doesn’t bode well for the inhabitants. However, this quote is a pretty awesome thing for a dragon to say. And, it’s pretty easy to apply in a very dramatic way if you’re looking for inspiration to overcome something difficult in your own life.
7 “DO YOU MEAN TO WISH ME A GOOD MORNING, OR DO YOU MEAN THAT IT IS A GOOD MORNING WHETHER I WANT IT OR NOT?”
The Gandalf of The Hobbit books is quite different than the Gandalf that audiences came to know and love in Lord of the Rings. The movie version of The Hobbit attempts to merge these two versions together for continuity, but luckily it keeps some of the humor and mystery of a younger Gandalf. This entire quote is one from the books, and it shows that Gandalf can be a bit difficult to deal with at times. It’s also quite funny, and it’s definitely a delight to see how Bilbo reacts to this line of questioning.
6 “THE WORLD IS NOT IN YOUR BOOKS AND MAPS. IT IS OUT THERE.”
This quote is one that isn’t from the book, but it does capture the spirit of the book in many ways. Gandalf says this line to Bilbo in the first film, and it’s definitely an inspiring line as it can be applied to many real-world situations.
While enjoying life behind books or screens can be appealing, this line calls people to experience the real-world and push outside of their comfort zones just like Bilbo did. Of course, he also deals with a lot of trouble, but he learned a lot along the way.
5 “SUCH IS THE NATURE OF EVIL. IN TIME ALL FOUL THINGS COME FORTH.”
This is another quote from The Desolation of Smaug, but this line is said by elven King Thranduil. While most of the most known and inspiring lines from the trilogy come from Bilbo and Gandalf, the supporting characters in the series are definitely compelling. This line says a lot about Thranduil and who he is as a ruler. He says this line as he and Legolas are interrogating an orc, and it speaks to the trials that the elves are about to face.
4 “IF MORE PEOPLE VALUED HOME ABOVE GOD, THIS WORLD WOULD BE A MERRIER PLACE.”
This is another quote said by Thorin Oakenshield. This is quite an inspiring quote, and it is also very in line with many of the themes and messages of the book. While the quest to defeat Smaug and reclaim the Lonely Mountain might be a quest for gold, there is something to be said for people who value other things more than money. Thorin says this to Bilbo as he lays dying, and it’s quite the emotional moment between them that shows Thorin’s, as well as Bilbo's journey.
3 SORRY, I DON’T WANT ANY ADVENTURES, THANK YOU. NOT TODAY. GOOD MORNING!”
When Gandalf first goes up to Bilbo when he is sitting outside of Bag End, he isn’t too keen on the adventure that Gandalf is proposing. The idea of being the burglar for a group of dwarves doesn’t really appeal to him, and he tries to send Gandalf away.
He gets flustered and can’t quit talking as he moves to go inside. This is definitely a hilarious and well-known moment from the series.
2 “IT IS THE SMALL THINGS, EVERYDAY DEEDS OF ORDINARY FOLK THAT KEEPS THE DARKNESS AT BAY. SIMPLE ACTS OF LOVE AND KINDNESS.”
Of all the quotes from The Hobbit trilogy, this one is often talked about as being the most inspiring. It’s easy to see why given that it’s all about the ways that all people can do good in the world. This quote speaks to many of the themes in the franchise such as the fact that even small, not so powerful people can change the world.
1 “TRUE COURAGE IS NOT KNOWING HOW TO TAKE A LIFE, BUT WHEN TO SPARE IT.”
This is another one of Gandalf’s quotes. Unsurprisingly, he has many of the most inspiring quotes from the franchise likely because of his role as a wise, old wizard. Gandalf says this line to Bilbo after Bilbo first acquires Sting from the Troll Hoard. It’s definitely wise advice that impacts the story as Bilbo spares Gollum’s life.