As Sean Astin told Yahoo, the speech was actually a direct response to the 9/11 attacks. The first film was released in December of 2001, and The Two Towers proved unfortunately titled when it was released the following year. So the writers went back to the book, found J.R.R. Tolkien’s beautiful words, and added that scene to the film. That is part of what makes the speech so incredible. Of course Samwise is speaking to the struggle in Middle Earth, but the words have resonance far beyond that fantasy world. In case you’ve forgotten, watch the speech below.