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. Because they were holding on to something.
FRODO: What are we holding on to, Sam?
SAM: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.
[The actual speech from the movie can be found here. It's a lot more emotional, so I'd encourage you to watch it first before reading the post.]
I love Sam's Speech. It's one of my favorite scenes in Lord of the Rings (save for the Battle of Pelennor Fields). Something about darkness, light, stories—they meld together and create something utterly compelling to me. And Sam's speech—in the middle of the destruction of Osgiliath—expresses this perfectly.
Amidst this speech are some great points. The speech is chock full of meaning, and it is especially meaningful for writers. I agree with Sam wholeheartedly: the best stories (like Lord of the Rings) are full of darkness. Danger. The characters had a choice to go back, but they didn't. And they held on to something.
But since I don't have time to write a full-blown post about the wonders of this speech (and believe me, I could write one), I thought I'd ask you a question, dear reader. What do you see in this speech? What moves you? What do you think you can take from these words and apply in your writing? What kind of stuff do you see regarding great stories?
Take a few lessons from Sam. He knows what he's talking about.
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