Who said it?: The Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the final chapter in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Return of the King. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was written by JRR Tolkien and was successfully adapted to the big screen by Peter Jackson.
The quote comes near the end of both the film and the book. The party had completed their quest to destroy the One Ring. Aragorn (played by Viggo Mortensen), the rightful heir of Isildur and is crowned the first High King of the Reunited Kingdom. After his coronation ceremony, Aragorn walks over to the hobbits Frodo, Samwise, Merry and Pippin, who all were more than instrumental in the group’s quest. The four hobbits bow to Aragorn. This is when the new High King delivers the quote before bowing to the four.
Geek wisdom: Even if you’ve elevated to a higher place, never forget your friends. They are the ones who helped you get to where you are and you would not be in your position if it weren’t for them. Always acknowledge them.
4 thoughts on ““My friends, you bow to no one.””
Love your site and writing, but this line and scene are not in the book. I bought my Ballantine Books boxed set of the first USA paperback edition when it came out in 1965 and just went through the last three chapters of ROTK. Aragorn’s parting is a grand scene and would have been good in the film, but there’s no bowing to hobbits or this line.
He didn’t say those lines but he did bow down to take their hand, then led them to the throne where he asked the people present to praise them.