Gimli son of Glóin

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From Tolkien's novel[edit]

  • (As the Fellowship leaves Rivendell)
"Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens," said Gimli.
"Maybe," said Elrond, “but let him not vow to walk in the dark, who has not seen the nightfall."
"Yet sworn word may strengthen quaking heart," said Gimli.
"Or break it," said Elrond.
  • (In Hollin)
"Dark is the water of Kheled-zâram," said Gimli, "and cold are the springs of Kibil-nâla. My heart trembles at the thought that I may see them soon."
"These are not holes. This is the great realm and city of the Dwarrowdelf. And of old it was not darksome, but full of light and splendour, as is still remembered in our songs."
"Ever my heart rises as we draw near the mountains. There is good rock here. This country has tough bones. I felt them in my feet as we came up from the dike. Give me a year and a hundred of my kin and I would make this a place that armies would break upon like water. ...Sleep! I feel the need of it. Yet my axe is restless in my hand. Give me a row of orc-necks and room to swing and all weariness will fall from me!"
"Baruk Khazâd! Khazâd ai-mênu!" (Axes of the Dwarves! The Dwarves are upon you!) — Dwarvish battlecry, the only recorded examples of spoken Khuzdul phrase (some Khuzdul phrases occur on Balin's tomb).
"Strange are the ways of Men, Legolas! Here they have one of the marvels of the Northern World, and what do they say of it? Caves, they say! Caves! Holes to fly to in time of war, to store fodder in! My good Legolas, do you know that the caverns of Helm's Deep are vast and beautiful? There would be an endless pilgrimage of Dwarves, merely to gaze at them, if such things were known to be. Aye indeed, they would pay pure gold for a brief glance!"
"And I would give gold to be excused," said Legolas, "and double to be let out, if I strayed in!"
"You have not seen, so I forgive your jest." ... "But you speak like a fool.... when the torches are kindled and men walk on the sandy floors under the echoing domes, ah! then, Legolas, gems and crystals and veins of precious ore glint in the polished walls; and the light glows through folded marbles, shell-like, translucent as the living hands of Queen Galadriel. There are columns of white and saffron and dawn-rose, Legolas, fluted and twisted into dreamlike forms; they spring up from many-coloured floors to meet the glistening pendants of the roof: wings, ropes, curtains fine as frozen clouds; spears, banners, pinnacles of suspended palaces!… Do you cut down groves of blossoming trees in the springtime for firewood? We would tend these glades of flowering stone, not quarry them…"

From Bakshi's film[edit]

  • (Pursuing Merry and Pippin's captors)
"I cannot run all the way to Isengard!"

From Jackson's films[edit]

  • (At the Council of Elrond, lines directed to Legolas)
"I will be dead before I see the Ring in the hands of an Elf! Never trust an Elf!
  • (In the Chamber of Mazarbul in Moria as a horde of Orcs is about to break into the room)
"Let them come! There is one dwarf yet in Moria who still draws breath!!"
  • (In Moria as Legolas and Aragorn are assisting the Hobbits over a broken bridge)
"Nobody tosses a dwarf!"
Gimli: "Oh come on, we can take them!"
Aragorn: "It's a long way"
Gimli: "Toss me."
Aragorn: "What?"
Gimli: "I cannae' jump the distance, you'll have to toss me! Oh — don't tell the elf."
Aragorn: "Not a word."
  • (Pursuing Merry and Pippin's captors)
"I'm wasted on cross-country! We dwarves are natural sprinters! Very dangerous over short distances!"
  • (In Fangorn forest)
"Talking trees! What do trees have to talk about? Except for the consistency of squirrel droppings."
"Now we'll have to leave those poor hobbits here in this horrid, dark, dank, tree-infested....(the trees rumble loudly around him) Ah! I mean...charming, quite charming... forest!
  • (At Helm's Deep)
Gimli: (To Legolas, In response to not being able to see over the wall) "Ugh, you could've picked a better spot."
(To Aragorn) "Well, lad, whatever luck you live by, let's hope it lasts the night."
Legolas: "Your friends are with you, Aragorn."
Gimli: "... Let's hope they last the night..."
  • (At Helm's Deep, while orcs are approaching)
Gimli: "What's happening out there?"
Legolas: "Shall I describe it to you? Or would you like me to find you a box?
  • (After Legolas shoots an Uruk claiming that it was still moving, so he can tie Gimli's kill count; when Gimli wiggles his axe, the body twitches).
"He was twitching... because he's got my axe embedded in his nervous system!"
"You're wasting your time, Aragorn. They had no honor in life and they have none now in death."
"There's plenty for the both of us — may the best dwarf win."
"That still only counts as one!" (in reference to their "kill count" contest)
  • (Evaluating the plan to march to the Black Gate of Mordor)
"Certainty of death, small chance of success... What are we waiting for?"
  • (At the Black Gate)
Gimli: "I never thought I'd die fighting side-by-side with an Elf"
Legolas: "What about side-by-side with a friend?"
Gimli: "Aye...I could do that".