Earlier we did a post titled "15 Memes That Will Make Any True Lord of the Rings Fan LOL," (with some Hobbit memes thrown in for kicks and giggles, of course). It included some of Pippin and Gandalf's finest moments, smartmouth Frodo, and whiny Legolas. Now, we revisit the series with even more hilarious memes and bad jokes. Lord of the Rings has been mocked, satired, and memed so many times, the jokes have their own country in the Internet within the LOTR Empire. I would say that some of them are deep and thoughtful, but that would be a lie. They’re ridiculous. This is a list of pure ridiculous and it only makes me fall in love with The Lord of the Rings that much more. Dive in and get ready to laugh.
15 The Classic
It wouldn't be a proper article on Lord of the Rings memes without a "Fly, you fools!" The bottom half is a beautiful bonus. I don't think I want to know what the photographer was doing to that kitten to make it look like that. Maybe they took away the extended edition as punishment for peeing outside the litter box.
Something I'd never considered until someone pointed it out to me was the exact wording Gandalf used: he said fly instead of run. Maybe he was thinking while clinging to that bridge, "Aw, nuts. I knew I should've called the eagles. They wouldn't have even had to take us all the way to Mordor, just over the damn mountains." Seems kind of harsh to call the rest of the Fellowship "fools" when he was the one who mucked up.
14 Original And Not-So-Original
It is a weird dichotomy. J. R. R. Tolkien is credited with essentially creating the entire epic fantasy genre: he made the world of Eä (of which Middle Earth is the human-inhabited part) from the ground up and filled it with half a dozen races, each with their own philosophy, government, and, of course, language. He's even got planets and constellations with their own names, like Borgil and Luinil. And the bad guys come from a place called...Mt. Doom. The dragon Smaug lives in a place called the Lonely Mountain. And the mountain range that has a bunch of mist around it is called the Misty Mountains. And then there are the Weather Hills, over by the Shire, the tops of which experience a lot of windy weather. I think it's safe to say Tolkien just wasn't great at naming mountains.
13 'The Lord of the Rings' In Nine Pictures
They forgot the panel where they're all walking. Seriously, they're on horses for only about 10% of the entire series, and that's including The Hobbit trilogy. A solid four hours of the series is just them walking. Walking to Rivendell. Walking out of Rivendell. Walking through Moria. Running from the Uruk-hai. Running after the Uruk-hai. Walking to the Black Gate, and then walking up Mt. Doom. Then walking back. With some fighting thrown in there for good measure. Also, the sheer amount of times that Frodo falls down needs way more than one panel. And the disturbing number of times he hands the ring out. He tries to give it to Gandalf, to Galadriel, and then to Aragorn, and then it just chills on his palm while he thinks about stuff.
12 Origins Of The Acorn Picture
I think we can all agree that Martin Freeman is just adorable. No matter what divides us, we can all find common ground in that fact. And if you don't find Martin Freeman adorable, get off this website. Right now.
Are they gone? Good. Now, I think it's awesome that they turned the Bilbo-Leggo into an acorn for the ending credits. Because the acorn is sacred, too. It's one of the sweetest moments in the movie, when Bilbo shows Thorin the acorn that he's going to bring home to plant in his garden. He doesn't want the gold or the glory. He didn't even want the friggin' Arkenstone; he only took that to try to convince Thorin to stop being rude. Everyone else drools all over that thing, and Bilbo's just like, "Yeah, whatever. Check out this acorn."
11 Reason #203 To Love Viggo Mortensen
If Martin Freeman is adorable, then Viggo Mortensen is a badass. I mean, who does that? I get that some injuries can be played off pretty easily during a performance, especially if you're really into a character. In The Fellowship of the Ring, there's a scene in Bilbo's house where Gandalf smacks his head on the ceiling. That was not in the script; Sir Ian McKellan did that completely by accident and continued on in character, and it was done so naturally that they kept it for the finished movie. But that's just a bump on the head. These are broken bones we're talking about. This is something that normally requires hospitalization. Also, how heavy are those helmets? If you can break two toes kicking it, then how on earth do you manage to wear one on your head for hours on end?
10 Lessons On How To Survive A Quest
I get that Frodo was chosen to carry the Ring because he was the most resilient to its power. And Sam's just stubborn. But why were Merry and Pippin allowed to go? The only reason everyone else tagged along was to guide and/or protect Frodo on his very long, very dangerous quest. And the reason he needed protecting was because there aren't any great warriors training legions of soldiers in the Shire like there are in Rohan and Gondor. Hobbits can improvise in a pinch, sure, and they're deadly with a frying pan (see: Samwise Gamgee). But they've got nothing on Aragorn, or Legolas, or Gimli. Merry and Pippin were just two more people to protect from the goblins and rescue from the Uruk-hai. I'm kind of amazed they were able to tag along from Rivendell and get survival lessons on the go.
9 Road-Raging Wizards
Okay, a cute vanity plate does not give you an excuse to drive like a jerk. But this is pretty great. If you can acknowledge the fact and admit to yourself that you are a selfish driver who cuts people off and doesn't let them pass, you might as well own it and make it a joke. That takes some of the sting out of it. I wonder if this guy has another car and has a vanity plate on that one, too. If it's one of those half-sized commuter cars barely big enough for two people, it should be named Frodo. An environmentally-friendly hybrid? There's your tree-hugging Legolas. Unless it's a large hybrid, then it's Tree-beard. And a convertible would be Gollum, because Gollum converts from his evil personality to Sméagol.
8 Queen Smaug
This is disturbing on so many levels, not the least of which is the *sassy head-flip.* That's just...I mean...damn. I'm not sure what's worse: picturing Smaug doing the head-flip, or Benedict Cumberbatch. No, wait, Smaug. Definitely Smaug. Benedict does a lot of that kind of dramatics on Sherlock so I don't need to imagine it. And then there's the fact that Smaug has a Twitter account in the first place. What does he usually tweet? "Took a nap on my gold pile again, now my neck hurts like a MF. #oops" or "Anyone interested in a BBQ, head to Lake-town ASAP." But by far the most disturbing part is the fact that I heard these lyrics being sung in Elsa's voice with the background music. This has completely ruined Frozen for me, thank you very much @actual_smaug.
7 BAMF Gimli
I think John Rhys-Davies was a Viking in a past life. No, scratch that, he's a Viking in this life. He has no problem taking out these massive stunt guys in armor with no rehearsal. Maybe that's why the fight scenes in these movies were so good. So many other movies have fights that are so clearly rehearsed it's almost painful to watch. In real life, you don't get to rehearse battles. ("Okay, so I'm going to duck for cover over here, and then I'll shoot you in the red hat..." "Aw, man.") It's spontaneous. Everything that happens is happening in the heat of the moment. So it makes sense to improvise. Also, rehearsals can be extremely tedious. If the rehearsal for a high school play can drag on to the point where time has no meaning, then I can only imagine the pain of a Blockbuster movie.
6 Aragorn, Horse-Whisperer
I agree with khaleesi: why do you want to create an alternate universe where Aragorn's the weird horse girl when you have three movies of it already? He already has the hair for it. He practically has a love affair with a horse in The Two Towers. Even in The Fellowship of the Ring, where he never rides a horse and has minimal contact with them, he still treats Bill the Pony like a BFF. Though, to be fair, Bill the Pony was pretty badass. He was super old when they got him, and everyone in Bree scoffed and said, "You paid too much for that." But did they? No. Bill made it to the Mines of Moria and survived the attack of the water monster. He made it all the way back to the Shire by himself. And at the very end of the series he helps the hobbits win the Battle of the Bywater by literally kicking the butt of his former abusive master. So, yeah, Bill is awesome, and that's why it's okay that Aragorn is the weird horse girl.
5 Swords, Orcs, and Bombs. Together At Last!
The more I hear about the behind-the-scenes stories and production of this franchise, the more I'm amazed that people didn't die. Orlando Bloom broke his ribs. Viggo Mortensen broke his toes. They did one of the biggest battle scenes in cinema in a goddamn minefield. Seriously, how are any of them still alive? Filming the series is sounding more dangerous than being a character in the series. I, for one, would rather take my chances in Mt. Doom than a hot set directed by Peter Jackson. At least in Mordor I don't have to worry about whether I'm about to accidentally step on a bomb. Oh, wait, yes I do. Because the Black Gate battle scene was filmed on a minefield. Again I ask: how are these people still alive?
4 History 101 By Professor Legolas
You've got to give it to Legolas, I wouldn't have been able to go farther than Arathorn I. And I've got a bachelor's in history! I probably would have done exactly what Frodo did here: fall asleep right in the middle. That, or try to get him to shut up like Aragorn. Although I do wonder if, should this elongated conversation have actually happened in canon, it would've been this easier for Legolas because he actually lived through most of these people's lifetimes. History lessons must be super easy for elves, because they actually remember it. "Yeah, of course I can go into a detailed lecture on Sauron's last battle in Mordor that took place three thousand years ago. I started the damn thing. I remember it like it was yesterday..."
Legolas and Gimli's friendship is one of the most amazing bromances in cinema. Their fathers hate each other's guts (see The Hobbit). They get into a massive fight when they first meet at the Council of Elrond, where Gimli flat-out says, "Never trust an elf!" It's not until Gimli meets Galadriel, and Legolas was thinking, "Oh, shit, he's going to act like a total jackass and then I'll have to kill him." But then Gimli treats her with respect, and he and Legolas realize that the other's not that terrible of a person. Then the competitions begin to see who can kill the most bad guys ("That still only counts as one!") and they promise each other to explore the best lands of the dwarves and elves. So by the end of the day, Legolas has decided, "Yeah, I'm keeping him. Try and stop me," and smuggles him into the Undying Lands. Because they're adorable that way.
2 Dang it, Aragorn!
Yeah, that was not Aragorn's best diplomatic move. During the scene, you get the feeling that everyone else in the room has an inkling about what these two are talking about. Just because none of the human soldiers are fluent in Elvish doesn't mean that they can't read body language. "Wow, these two are really pissed at each other, right before a big battle where our chances of survival aren't that great. I wonder what they're arguing about?" But then, of course, Aragorn blurts out that not only are they talking about their dismal chances in battle, but they're pretty sure that every single person in this room is going to be dead. Nice going, Aragorn. Maybe next time leave the motivational speech to Theoden.
1 THIS IS NOT A DRILL
I'm not sure whether I should be amused or terrified right now. This is an honest-to-God true story from 2013. Apparently the ring was made during the Roman Iron Age, and that the Swedish government purchased it from the woman who found it for 11,000 kronor ($1,672).
"I guess I knew right away it was special, but I had no idea just how valuable it was," said Lundin, who confessed she still felt slightly disappointed to lose the ring. "I haven’t decided what to do with the money yet, but it will definitely be something special. Maybe I’ll travel somewhere." Oh, like the fires of Mt. Doom, where you should've gone right away instead of giving it to a government that will attempt to harness its evil powers for its own protection and will then get corrupted from the inside? Good idea.