With the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey upon us, and the Lord of the Rings (LOTR) proving to be more than just a little bit successful, we thought we’d have a look and see how J.R.R. Tolkien’s stories have influenced popular culture since Peter Jackson got hold of them.
Of course there are toys, games, documentaries and a 40% surge in tourism to New Zealand. But what really gauges if something is that popular is how people talk about it on the internet and LOTR wasn’t short of a few of them with Hobbit related memes increasing by the second. So here are Roobla’s top ten Tolkien inspired memes (so far).
10. If you watch the Lord of the Rings backwards…
Simple enough, the trend of telling you what a movie storyline would be if it ran backwards started, we think, when someone did it with Jaws. Now they’re all at it.
9. Bad habit Hobbit…
Not wanting to sound too preachy, oh who cares? It’s the internet we can say what we want. Smoking is bad for you!
8. One does not simply…
This One Does Not Simply Walk into Mordor meme has to be one of the most popular, and there were thousands to choose from, but we just couldn’t resist this one with Samwise included.
7. Harry Potter who?
Yes, yes, no doubt HP fans will be annoyed at this one, but Gandalf was here first… cue the cries that Dumbledore might be older.
6. You shall not pass…
Seriously dude, WTF? It’s a swan, they can kill a man, or break his arm or splash him with water or whatever it was our mum told us once.
But then again, when you’re the Fifth Element, even Gandalf has to step aside.
4. Twilight = terrible…
Hey, we’re just the messenger; don’t have a go at us. But look, the facts speak for themselves and if Freddy Mercury Rage Pose meme is happy who are we to argue?
3. Better love story…
Ha ha, ok sorry Twilight fans, we had to add this Still a better love story than Twilight meme too. It’s just too popular and it’d be wrong to ignore its socially significant status in a list like this.
2. Philosoraptor philosophises…
This line could have been used on many memes, Bad Joke Chicken, Socially Awkward Penguin, Conspiracy Keanu to name a few but Philosoraptor wins because he’s a dinosaur and, like bow ties, Dinosaurs are cool.
1. Three movies from one tiny book..?
And finally, the whole world is sceptical about The Hobbit being stretched into three films, including Sceptical Third Wold Kid, but then if anyone can do it, Peter Jackson can… we hope.
So there we have it just a selection of memes inspired by Tolkien’s work. No doubt as the films get seen by more and more the Hobbit memes will increase so “Brace yourselves…” no, wait, that’s Game of Thrones.
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