The Lord of the Rings was one of the most successful film franchises ever. It was hugely popular with fans as well as critics. Since The Two Towers is the middle movie in the trilogy, it often gets ignored somewhat in favor of talking about the beginning and the end. However, this film has a lot of iconic moments that fans of Tolkien, as well as pop culture, will recognize. This movie included the Battle of Helm’s Deep as well as many other memorable scenes.
Here are the ten best quotes from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
10 “SHALL I DESCRIBE IT TO YOU? OR WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO FIND YOU A BOX?”
The friendship between Legolas and Gimli is one of the most enduring relationships in the entire series. Since they are a dwarf and an elf, they don’t start out on very good terms. But, through the course of the films, they become really good friends and very loyal to each other. Before the Battle of Helm’s Deep beings, Gimli can’t see over the ramparts to see the encroaching army. He keeps asking Legolas to tell him what’s going on out there. In response, Legolas offers to help his friend out.
9 “THE BATTLE OF HELM’S DEEP IS OVER: THE BATTLE OF MIDDLE EARTH IS ABOUT TO BEGIN.”
After Gandalf arrives with Eomer and the Rohirrim, the tides are able to be turned and the good people defeat Saruman's army. However, while this is a huge battle with many lives lost, it’s only the beginning of the war against Sauron.
Gandalf says these wise and foreboding words that point to the fact that there are still many battles to be fought. This is a line said towards the end of the movie that gives some indication as to what is coming next.
8 “PO-TAY-TOES! BOIL ‘EM, MASH ‘EM, STICK ‘EM IN A STEW.”
While many of the best lines from the series are rather serious or reflective in some way, there are many other fans remember because they’re hilarious. Some of the most memorable lines from LOTR come from comedic moments as they are easy to quote and to put into memes. When Sam laments that he wishes he had potatoes to put in a stew, Gollum responds that he doesn’t know what theaters are. Sam is very frustrated with Gollum’s antics, and he says this funny line.
7 “SO IT BEGINS.”
Just as the Battle of Helm’s Deep is about to start and the fighting is about to break out, Theoden says this line. While it’s a serious line said in an intense manner, the internet has taken this quote and turned it into a meme. The picture of Theoden saying this line is often used for many things, and so it’s taken on a life of its own. However, in the movie, it’s a foreboding line that speaks to the carnage that’s about to take place.
6 “I THINK WE MIGHT HAVE MADE A MISTAKE LEAVING THE SHIRE, PIPPIN.”
During The Two Towers, the Fellowship has been split up into many factions. Legolas, Gimli, and Aragorn are together looking for Merry and Pippin after they get captured. Sam and Frodo are working towards Mount Doom, and Gandalf later returns from the dead to reunite with Aragorn’s group. Merry and Pippin are forced to endure things they never have before, and they definitely have to grow up a lot during this movie. Their innocence is definitely taken away somewhat as they see the realities of war.
5 “MY PRECIOUS.”
This is definitely one of the most memorable and well-known lines from The Lord of the Rings. This includes both the books and the movies. In the movies, it’s The Two Towers where Gollum really starts to say this line often. While he also says it in Fellowship of the Ring and the Return of the King, his presence is most important in The Two Towers. He becomes somewhat of a sympathetic character as he travels with Sam and Frodo as their guide.
4 “ALL OUR HOPES NOW LIE WITH TWO LITTLE HOBBITS, SOMEWHERE IN THE WILDERNESS.”
Gandalf has some of the most thoughtful and reflective lines in the entire series, and this is no different in The Two Towers. After the Battle of Helm’s Deep, he reflects on the state of the world.
He knows that the war against Sauron is just getting started, and they really only have one chance of winning that war for good. While the Fellowship is no longer there to help Frodo and Sam, they do have a lot of hope for him.
3 “FRODO WOULDN'T HAVE GOTTEN FAR WITHOUT SAM.”
This is definitely one of the most heartwarming moments in this film. Frodo and Sam and their friendship is the emotional core of the story in many ways, and we get to see their struggles on the journey. When Sam wonders to Frodo about whether they will ever make it into legendary tales that are told to children, Frodo says this line back to him. It’s a heartwarming moment that shows just how much Sam means to Frodo and how much he appreciates him.
2 “THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE.”
Aragorn’s journey from Ranger to King is also one of the most compelling elements of the LOTR series. Before the Battle of Helm’s Deep, Aragorn encounters a young boy, barely a teenager, who is preparing to fight. He is clearly scared and talks about how all the men are saying that this battle is hopeless. Aragorn gave him some encouragement including this line. What makes this quote so great is that it can also apply to many situations and is rather inspiring.
1 “THERE’S SOME GOOD IN THIS WORLD, MR. FRODO...AND IT’S WORTH FIGHTING FOR.”
Sam is definitely the character who has the most inspiring and heart-wrenching quotes in The Two Towers. This monologue that he gives is loved by many fans. He talks about all of the things that they have been through and relates their quest to other great stories full of tragedy. He ends this speech by responding to Frodo’s question, “what are we holding onto, Sam?” Luckily, Sam is able to provide some encouragement.