That which they defend

War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend: the city of the Men of Númenor; and I would have her loved for her memory, her ancientry, her beauty, and her present wisdom.

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Being the older and the hardier

Alas that ever he went on that errand! I should have been chosen by my father and the elders, but he put himself forward, as being the older and the hardier (both true), and he would not be stayed.

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Not even a kind mistress

‚For myself,‘ said Faramir, I would see the White Tree in flower again in the courts of the kings, and the Silver Crown return, and Minas Tirith in peace: Minas Anor again as of old, full of light, high and fair, beautiful as a queen among other queens : not a mistress of many slaves, nay, not even a kind mistress of willing slaves.

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Free from doubt

„It is a pity that our friends lie in between,“ said Gimli. „If no land divided Isengard and Mordor, then they could fight while we watched and waited.“

„The victor would emerge stronger than either, and free from doubt.“ said Gandalf.

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