Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has quoted the fantasy epic 'Lord of the Rings' in his latest speech to the people of Ireland.
While speaking of the restrictions around the country beginning to ease over the coming weeks, Leo Varadkar quoted 'Lord of the Rings', using a quote that many will know from the send entry in the fantasy series. He said: "So, this afternoon let me end with words of hope, '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'll shine out the clearer.'
"Thanks to your hard work, your choices, and your perseverance, that new day is approaching."
The quote is lifted directly from 'Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers' when Samwise Gamgee is speaking with Frodo Baggins. His Hobbit friend is attempted to give up hope at a very pivotal moment in the plot, but Sam urges him to keep going.
The quote from Samwise is: "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."
Here's the moment in question from the movie.
This isn't the first time our Taoiseach has used a quote from a popular movie reference, either. If you'll remember a couple of months ago, Varadkar also used a quote from Arnold Schwarzenegger's sci-fi thriller 'The Terminator'.
Here's how Twitter has been reacting to the Samwise Gamgee quote.
Absolutely no one:
Leo Varadkar writing his phase 2 speech: ....and then I’ll hit them with a quote from Samwise Gamgee in Lord of the Rings ?✌️?
— ray (@_RachelHester) June 5, 2020
And he soothed the nations psyche with lines from Terminator, Dermot Kennedy, Cicero and Lord of the Rings. it was the style at the time pic.twitter.com/ScTnvrpCWt
— louche (@louchenightout) June 5, 2020
Leo Varadkar just quoted a wise man: "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". That wise man is Samwise Gamgee from Lord of the Rings#samwisefortaoiseach pic.twitter.com/ED9aYGYXuJ
— Glen Murphy (@MurphyGlenJR) June 5, 2020
— Kayleigh ? (@kayleee_c) June 5, 2020
Any man that uses a lord of the rings quote in a speech is cool with me. #Leothehobbit
— Jam es Kehoe (@Jaspe_Kehoe) June 5, 2020
Are we surprised at Varadkar quoting “Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” at the end of his speech? He closed his March address quoting “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”
Assuming we’re going with stirring/inspirational quotes from blockbuster sequels, how long until we get to...? pic.twitter.com/U8cxNf5s69
— Darren Mooney (@Darren_Mooney) June 5, 2020
— Abbie Mc (@beyondalltowers) June 5, 2020