10 Best Quotes From ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy

10 Best Quotes From ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy


Over a decade after it first premiered, The Hobbit quotes are still referenced regularly in pop culture, which is a testament to just how influential the trilogy is. The first season of The Rings of Power also premiered earlier this year, depicting new aspects from J. R. R. Tolkien’s expansive fantastical world, and the show also renewed interest in other adaptations like The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. As more details about The Rings of Power season 2 spark discussions online, it’s the perfect time to delve back into the iconic trilogies that defined an entire generation.

Director Peter Jackson’s prequel trilogy follows Bilbo Baggins’ perilous adventure through Middle-earth to reach the Lonely Mountain, which is guarded and claimed by the dragon Smaug. The best quotes from The Hobbit movies capture important events and reflect characters’ views and transformations over the course of the trilogy.

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10 “Death! That is what you will bring upon us!”

Bard the Bowman, ‘The Desolation of Smaug’ (2013)

While everyone in Laketown is too happy to accept the offer from Thorin, Bard is the only one who points out that if the Dwarves “waken that beast,” “it will destroy” everything. Nobody seems too intimidated by Bard’s reminder of what “dragon fire and ruin” can do to their already struggling town, despite their history with Smaug.

Bard is a character with a storied past in Laketown, as his father Girion’s failure to kill Smaug still haunts him. He is more willing to remember than most exactly how deadly Smaug is, which is why he’s quick to try to remind the citizens to think back to the death and destruction they once experienced. If more people had listened to Bard’s ominous and desperate warning, perhaps things would have turned out differently for Laketown.

9 “I kill where I wish, when I wish. My armor is iron – no blade can pierce me!”

Smaug, ‘The Desolation of Smaug’ (2013)

The dragon Smaug looking down at someone in The Hobbit

The dragon Smaug may be dangerous, but he’s also arrogant and seems to love to hear himself talk. This is precisely why Bilbo manages to survive for so long in his presence. At one point, the villain refutes Bilbo’s assertion about the living King Under the Mountain, as Smaug recalls how he “took his throne” and “ate his people.”

He proceeds to brag about how he can murder whenever and wherever, as it’s impossible to kill him. The irritating quote underscores the dragon Smaug’s boastful personality, which he soon learns will be part of his downfall. Smaug isn’t as invincible as he thinks he is, and all it takes is one weak scale.

8 “Such is the nature of evil. Out there, in the vast ignorance of the world, it festers and spreads.”

Thranduil, ‘The Desolation Of Smaug’ (2013)

Thranduil Hobbit

The powerful Elven King Thranduil is known for being too cautious and is almost always hesitant to get involved in affairs that don’t affect him. This is clear in his monologue about “the nature of evil” and how it’s “a shadow that grows in the dark.” He adds, before interrogating an Orc, that “in time, all foul things come forth.”

Thranduil’s well-written speech reflects the indifference he’s quick to display to anyone outside of the Woodland Realm. Despite knowing there is evil out there, he takes it as part of the natural order of things that shouldn’t concern him. This may have helped him protect his people for a long time, but it also led to their isolation and cruel indifference.

7 “Are we not part of this world? Tell me, Mellon, when did we let evil become stronger than us?”

Tauriel, ‘The Desolation of Smaug’ (2013)

Evangeline Lily as Tauriel in The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies

A tense confrontation between Tauriel and Legolas takes place when they disagree about pursuing an Orc pack leaving their borders. Tauriel insists that “it is” their “fight” because “it will not end here.” She tells Legolas that “with every victory, this evil will grow” before asking a biting question about being “part of this world.”

Tauriel hates the way Thranduil isolates the Wood-elves despite knowing they could do so much to help those around them. Her argument emphasizes the way she plays a significant role in persuading Legolas to see the error in his father’s ways. Unlike Thranduil, Tauriel is empathetic and knows that the Elves’ actions can affect the future of everyone in the world.

6 “If more people valued home above gold, this world would be a merrier place.”

Thorin Oakenshield, ‘The Battle of the Five Armies’ (2014)

Thorin II Oakenshield in The Hobbit.

In a heartbreaking final exchange between Bilbo and the best among the Dwarves in The Hobbit, Thorin, the Mountain King tells the protagonist to “go back to” his “books,” “armchair,” and “trees.” He adds, with a hint of forlorn understanding, that “if more people valued home above gold” like Bilbo, the world would be a better place.

Thorin’s tear-jerking last words are an introspective comment about how he himself failed to see beyond the hoard of gold and treasure they found. Things could have been different for Thorin and the Dwarves had he not been a victim of the same thing that doomed his father. Thorin realized too late that he had prioritized the wrong things, which cost him his life in the end.

5 “I am fire. I am death.”

Smaug, ‘The Desolation of Smaug’ (2013)

Smaug Close Up

Just when it seems like the Dwarves may finally be gaining the upper hand in their battle against Smaug, the dragon rises from their pool of gold. Promising “revenge,” Smaug flies towards Laketown with only retaliation, “fire,” and “death” in mind.

The iconic quote leaves fans with a cliffhanger, one which is only resolved after a year of waiting. Smaug is clearly angered and humiliated by the Dwarves’ attacks, which drive him to that enraged state. The only way he can reclaim his overconfidence and soothe his ego is to kill as many people as he can in Laketown – it’s the kind of logic that proves how pathetic and villainous Smaug can be.

4 “True courage is about knowing not when to take a life, but when to spare one.”

Gandalf the Grey, ‘An Unexpected Journey’ (2012)

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In The Hobbit, Gandalf shows the same kind of impressive intelligence he has in LotR. The way he gives advice to Bilbo isn’t unlike how he talks to Frodo. One important lesson Bilbo learns from Gandalf is how crucial it is to know “when to spare” “a life,” as the Wizard made sure to teach him when the Hobbit got his own weapon.

This great quote by Gandalf is a layered one, as its relevance is far-reaching throughout the LotR films. Bilbo would eventually use these words of wisdom when he’s deciding whether he should kill Gollum. It’s another plot point that’s connected to Frodo’s own journey, as Gollum is instrumental in destroying the Ring.

3 “I’m not a warrior, I’m a Hobbit.”

Bilbo Baggins, ‘The Battle of the Five Armies’ (2014)

Bilbo Baggins with Sting and the Ring The Hobbit

The very same “vest” that’s “made of silver steel” (or Mithril) that Bilbo passes on to Frodo, is one that the older Hobbit receives from Thorin. Bilbo is initially hesitant to accept it, saying he looks “absurd” before pointing out that he’s “not a warrior,” but “a Hobbit.”

It’s a quote that underscores how Bilbo hasn’t come to fully accept how strong he can be. What’s more, it’s a common sentiment that Hobbits like Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin eventually have about their own paths. Just like Bilbo though, these bold adventurers eventually find that they’re more capable than they think.

2 “I’m Going on an Adventure!”

Bilbo Baggins, ‘An Unexpected Journey’ (2012)

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Bilbo is already an important part of the original trilogy, but he becomes an even more memorable character through The Hobbit. His incredible journey takes a lot of courage to take those first steps out of the Shire, which is when he declares that he’s “going on an adventure.”

The gleeful line underscores the way Bilbo’s excitement replaces his fear of the unknown. Waking up with the Dwarves and Gandalf gone only provided a momentary comfort before it turned into a nagging feeling that he was missing out. That one big risk and brilliant decision would go on to change not just Bilbo’s life, but the fate of the Middle-earth.

1 “It is the small things, everyday deeds of ordinary folk, that keeps the darkness at bay.”

Gandalf the Grey, ‘An Unexpected Journey’ (2012)

Ian McKellan as Gandalf the Grey from 'The Hobbit'
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When Galadriel asks Gandalf why he would choose “the Halfling,” he has a telling response that’s also among the best quotes from The Hobbit. He explains that while “Saruman believes that it is only great power that can hold evil in check,” he believes it’s “the small things.” He also adds that “perhaps it is because” he’s “afraid and” Bilbo gives him “courage.”

Aside from being a wise reply, Gandalf’s inspiring line hints at the way he eventually relies on another Hobbit, Frodo, for an even greater task. His description of Saruman is also a painfully accurate reminder that their differences will cause a significant rift in their relationship.

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