‘Lord of the Rings’ turns 20: Celebrate with the best memes
Do you feel old yet? If not, we’re here to help: Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson’s mammoth adaptation of JRR Tolkein’s epic fantasy trilogy, turns twenty at the end of this year. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was released in theaters in December 2001, marking the first time audiences would pack theaters to see hobbits, wizards, and elves on the silver screen.
However, it wouldn’t be the last. Fellowship and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, released in theaters the month before, would launch a fantasy craze in Hollywood, launching us into the age of the franchise film and spawning several great (and completely horrible) epic fantasy blockbusters throughout the 2000s.
Taking the Hobbits to Isengard-gard-gard-gard
We’re sorry, not sorry – we have to start with this. The viral video that launched 1,000 Lord of the Rings memes. So this technically isn’t a meme, as in an image widely shared on social media, but if you were in the know in the mid-2000s, you still can’t get this song out of your head! It was shared so much on AOL & MySpace (remember them?), it’s earned honorary meme status in our book.
One does not simply . . .
One does not simply walk into Mordor. One also does not simply . . . .
Get through the semester without a thing.
Survive COVID-19 without toilet paper
Rehash this meme with crossovers
Rehash this meme with meta-commentary
We could go on and on . . . .
And my axe
Are you a real Lord of the Rings geek if you don’t finish your friends’ statements about what you have with “and my axe”?
And my axe remix
Of course, we also have Legolas’s bow. . . and visual puns featuring Axe Body Spray.
Storming Area 51
Of course, this line gets used when we’re busting into a secret government facility to prove aliens exist!
Every semester . . .
Gandalf is there to remind us what happens if we don’t study.
The power of the Jedi mind trick
The ways of The Force are no match for a wizard . . . or are they?
You have no power here!
We know what’s up
We don’t even need to post the texts or let you know if we’re being sincere or sarcastic!
What about second X?
Everyone in the Midwest is groaning. Yes, we know the second winter is a thing! And third winter, and fourth winter . . . then construction. Ope!
Should’ve been memed more.
When a cute otter ends up looking like Gollum.