Even twenty years later, The Lord of the Rings features some of the most iconic and spectacular battles in cinematic history. Whether they are encouraging one another or challenging the fearsome foes before them, the characters in The Lord of the Rings deliver inspiring and iconic battle cries and rallying speeches throughout the trilogy.
Here are our top 10 battle cries in The Lord of the Rings!
10. “Let them come! There is one Dwarf yet in Moria who still draws breath!” – Gimli
In the depths of Moria, Gimli weeps over his cousin Balin’s stone casket. His grief is interrupted by an onslaught of Orcs with a cave troll in tow. As Aragorn, Boromir, and Legolas bar the gates, Gimli climbs on top of Balin’s tomb. Channeling his anguish into anger, he expresses his readiness for the challenge. He tells the Fellowship, “Let them come! There is one Dwarf yet in Moria who still draws breath!”
9. “Not alone. Rohirrim! To the King!” – Éomer
True to his word, Gandalf arrives at Helm’s Deep as the sun rises on the fifth day. In an act of love for his uncle and loyalty to his country, Éomer returns with him. Gandalf surveys the battle before him, remarking, “Théoden King stands alone.” Éomer replies, “Not alone.”
Rallying his men, he cries, “Rohirrim! To the King!” The cavalry charges as the sun blazes behind them, overwhelming Saruman’s forces and helping win the battle of Helm’s Deep.
8. “Let him go, you filth! Let him go! You will not touch him again!” – Sam
Realizing that Gollum had framed Sam to get Frodo alone, Sam climbs back up the stairs and through Cirith Ungol to find Shelob wrapping Frodo up in her web. Bearing Sting and the Phial of Galadriel, Sam challenges the eight-legged horror, saying “Let him go, you filth! Let him go! You will not touch him again!” In an act of profound courage and love, Sam manages to wound Shelob and protect Frodo from further harm.
7. “Let this be the hour when we draw swords together. Fell deeds awake. Now for wrath! Now for ruin! And a red dawn!” – Théoden
Théoden almost gives into despair as the Rohirrim that remain bar the gates of the keep at Helm’s Deep. Aragorn reminds him that his men were still defending Helm’s Deep and had died in defense of it. He then encourages Théoden to ride out with him and face the Uruk-hai. Inspired by Aragorn, Théoden agrees.
He tells Aragorn, “Let this be the hour when we draw swords together.” Rallying the remaining soldiers behind him, he cries, “Fell deeds awake. Now for wrath! Now for ruin! And a red dawn!” As the horn of Helm Hammerhand sounds, the men charge into the fray in defense and honor of Rohan and its people.
6. “Sons of Gondor! Of Rohan! My brothers. I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of Men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the Age of Men comes crashing down, but it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!” – Aragorn
In an attempt to create a diversion for Frodo and Sam, the remnants of the Fellowship, along with men from Gondor and Rohan, march to the borders of Mordor. As the Black Gate opens and the host of Mordor marches forth, Aragorn rallies the soldiers with this inspiring speech.
He sees everyone present as his equals, and tells them that although one day the darkest of outcomes may prevail, that it would not come to pass that day. Heartened by the future king’s words, they unsheathe their swords in unison and prepare to face the challenge before them.
5. “If you want him, come and claim him.” – Arwen
With the Nazgûl in feverish pursuit, Arwen bears a wounded Frodo on her horse Asfaloth across the Ford of Bruinen. Turning her steed, she fixes her determined gaze across the river at the nine hooded figures. Their horses hesitate at the opposite edge of the river. One of the wraiths demands that Arwen turn Frodo over to them, hissing, “Give up the halfling, She-Elf.” Drawing her sword, she challenges Sauron’s most fearsome servants, saying, “If you want him, come and claim him.” The nine Ringwraiths attempt to cross the river as Arwen summons a flood to wash them away.
4. “You shall not pass!” – Gandalf
Having safely guided the Fellowship through the perils of Moria, Gandalf had a single foe left to vanquish in the Dwarvish halls: the Balrog of Morgoth. Standing on the Bridge of Khazad-dûm, Gandalf blocks the Balrog’s attempts to cross. The wizard and fiery beast trade blows, and shouting at the top of his lungs, Gandalf cries, “You shall not pass!” He drives his staff into the bridge, leading it to break as the Balrog plummets into the darkness below.
3. “I am no man.” – Éowyn
After riding into the Battle of the Pelennor Fields disguised as a male soldier, Éowyn witnesses the Witch-king and his fellbeast preparing to kill Théoden after an initial attack. She plants herself between her uncle and Sauron’s most fearsome servant, chopping the head off the beast. She successfully dodges the Witch-king’s attacks, but eventually finds herself in his clutches.
He tells a struggling Éowyn that no man can kill him. Merry stabs the wraith behind the knee, causing him to drop Éowyn and fall to his knees. Removing her helmet, she tells the Witch-king, “I am no man.” Stabbing him through the center of his helm, she defeats the lead Nazgûl and allows her uncle to pass on peacefully.
2. “Arise, arise, Riders of Théoden! Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be splintered, a sword-day, a red day, ere the sun rises! Ride now! Ride now! Ride! Ride for ruin and the world’s ending! Death! Death! Death! Forth Eorlingas!” – Théoden
As dawn breaks over the Pelennor Fields outside of Minas Tirith, the Rohirrim arrive to provide aid to the overrun city. Théoden gives orders to his lieutenants and addresses his men. Prior to marching to Gondor’s aid, Théoden acknowledged that they were outnumbered by Sauron’s forces, but that they would “meet them in battle nonetheless.” Rallying them as the sun rises and the music swells, they respond to his speech, shouting, “Death!” back at their king before charging into the battle in one of the most beloved scenes in the entire trilogy.
1. “For Frodo.” – Aragorn
Following their victory at Minas Tirith, the remaining Fellowship members and a host of Gondorian and Rohirrim men march to the Black Gate of Mordor to provide a diversion for Frodo and Sam. Despite being told by the Mouth of Sauron that Frodo had been tortured and killed, Aragorn tells the remaining members of the Fellowship that he refused to believe it.
With his comparatively small forces surrounded by the hordes of Mordor, Aragorn turns to his friends, tears in his eyes, and softly says, “For Frodo.” He charges ahead into the unfavorable odds with his companions close behind in a moment that truly captures what the story is all about: love, loyalty, courage, and brotherhood.
Whether it is a Hobbit facing a giant Spider or a king rallying his men to face terrifying foes, the characters in The Lord of the Rings demonstrate incredible courage and love toward one another both in the words they speak before battles and the actions that follow.
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