In keeping with the fact that this week is Tolkien Week, I decided to post some stirring clips from the movies. It seemed apropos. Today’s clip is from The Two Towers and features Sam Gamgee’s moving speech to Frodo about why they couldn’t give up just yet. The Lord of the Rings, both novel and film, is full of great speeches, and this is definitely one of them.
I like it so much, I’m providing the dialogue, too, especially since the person who uploaded it to YouTube in the first place was thoughtful enough to provide it in the video description:
Frodo: I can’t do this, Sam.
Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are.
It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines, it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.