Lord Of The Rings: 20 Hilarious Memes Only True Fans Will Understand

This year, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit novel just recently celebrated its eightieth anniversary to date, and The Lord of the Rings has also celebrated over sixty years since its initial debut.

Over the years, fans have fallen in love with the literary classic, and also the film adaptations created by director Peter Jackson. Although The Return of the King film was officially released fourteen years ago, the universal themes of hope, honor, and sacrifice have made the story a timeless classic.

For years, fans have continued to celebrate The Lord of the Rings in various ways, including making a wide variety of creative memes to appeal to everyone in the fandom. We decided to take a closer look at some of the most hilarious memes, designed perfectly for those who love everything about The Lord of the Rings.

For this list, we decided to skip on certain popular memes, like They’re Taking The Hobbits To Isengard, in favor of some lesser known ones.

Whether you’re particularly partial to Andy Serkis and his dazzling array of facial expressions, or you prefer an amusing meme involving the four main hobbits, there’s bound to be a meme for you. Warning, hilarity will definitely ensue.

Read on and discover 20 Hilarious Lord Of The Rings Memes Only True Fans Will Understand

20 Gimli! … ??? ... Aragorn!

Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins Gimli Legolas Aragorn Meme

After finally completing his quest to take the One Ring to Mount Doom, Frodo almost lost all hope for survival. Thankfully, the Eagles saved the day, whisking Frodo and Sam to safety.

At the end of The Return of the King, Frodo finally wakes up in Gondor to the excitement of his companions. As each one of his friends enters the room, Frodo greets them enthusiastically by shouting their name - with one exception.

For some reason, as soon as Legolas (Orlando Bloom) steps through the doorway, Frodo seems to have forgotten his name. Blame it on a choppy editing job, or simply a minor detail that’s totally easy to ignore, this meme certainly pokes fun at this amusing scene nonetheless.

Perhaps Legolas Greenleaf’s stunning blond locks simply left Frodo at a loss for words. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time. Don’t worry, Frodo, we’ve all been there! Next time, just remember, the blonde haired Elf—the one who never runs out of arrows—his name is Legolas, okay? L-e-g-o-l...  

19 A cage

Miranda Otto as Eowyn Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn Nicholas Cage Meme

In The Two Towers, Miranda Otto, who plays the shield maiden Eowyn of Rohan, shares a short scene with Viggo Mortensen, who plays Aragorn.

Eowyn tells him that she fears "neither death nor pain", and readily shows that she's adept with a blade. When asked about what she truly fears, Eowyn admits that she's afraid of living in a cage. It's a powerful scene that sets up her triumphant moment later in the story.

But, this meme certainly took things to an entirely different level. We're not quite sure if we can watch this scene again without bursting into laughter. Props to whoever made this, we applaud your Photoshop skills and clever sense of humor.

To be honest, if we turned around and Viggo Mortensen's face had suddenly become replaced by Nicholas Cage's mug, we would definitely be afraid, too!

18 Frodo-synthesis

Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins Lord of the Rings Frodo Synthesis Meme

Calling all science nerds and Lord of the Rings geeks! We’re taking things back to Biology 101 with this particular meme. Bear with us, this one definitely tiptoes around the borderline of “utterly ridiculous” and “so bad, it’s good”.

In terms of Photoshop skills, this meme needs a little work, but with a little imagination, it could probably be perfect as a vintage science poster for the walls of a science classroom. With a bright yellow sunflower, this meme proudly displays the words, “Frodo-Synthesis” on the front, making a play on words for the scientific process of “Photosynthesis.”

The image in the middle shows actor Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins, looking excitedly off into the distance upon hearing the arrival of Gandalf to the Shire.

17 "You Ruins It!"

Gollum Meme You Ruins It Lord of the Rings

Ah, musical covers can be a sore subject matter for some. While you might get a certain rendition that’ll actually become a memorable song on its own, sometimes, just might feel disappointed. No matter how popular the cover might be, certain musical purists are bound to frustrated in the end.

This meme depicts actor Andy Serkis as Gollum with a horrified expression, reading, "Hear Cover Of Favorite Song... You RUINS It!" Warning, remember not to invite Gollum to any cover band concerts anytime soon.

We understand, everyone gets a little possessive when it comes to their favorite songs of all time. It's not that we're hating on covers, but we're pretty sure Gollum is going to have a fit if you subject him to anything remotely sounding like a cover.

16 What do the elves call their friends that live by the sea?

Lord of the Rings Elvish Friend Meme Water Mellons

Oh, Boromir. We’re actually a little bit sorry about this, given that this might be a difficult one to live down. Anyway, here goes nothing!

Featuring an elated-looking Boromir, this meme reads, “What do elves call their friends that live by the sea? Water… mellons…” 

It’s never a good sign if you have to explain the joke after it’s complete, but just in case you need a refresher, in Sindarin, the Elvish language used in the Third Age, “Mellon” is the word for friend.

Sure, maybe mere mortals in Middle-Earth might not get the joke, but for us earthlings, it’s pretty hilarious and punny. We have to admit, this Lord of the Rings meme is pretty much the equivalent of another meme, involving a certain Husky who loves science.

15 When your favorite character dies...

Originally from @lotr_official_fans on Instagram, this meme perfectly encapsulates the feels we've all been through, especially when dealing with the heartbreaking death of a beloved character.

Whether it was Glenn on The Walking Dead, Sirius Black from Harry Potter, or a slew of other fan-favorites, you'll definitely be able to relate to this one first-hand. The original image shows Frodo (Elijah Wood) looking absolutely horror-stricken in the Fellowship of the Ring.

After fighting against the evil Balrog in the Mines of Moria, Gandalf yells, "Fly, you fools!" before plummeting into the dark abyss. Frodo, overwhelmed with shock, yells out an anguished cry, and pretty much captures all of the feelings we've experienced from witnessing the death of one of our favorite characters from a television series, book or movie.

14 Gollum's struggle is real…

Gollum Struggle Is Real Threading Needle Lord of the Rings

Sometimes the best memes are so good, no words are necessary. This one definitely knows how to create some tension and anticipation, playing on the amazing skills of actor Andy Serkis as Gollum.

In the film, Gollum is displaying some serious struggle on his face, with his eyes nearly popping out of his sockets in deep concentration. We've all been there. But if you've ever experienced the struggle of trying to thread a needle, this meme certainly strikes a cord. As soon as you think you've got it, one small adjustment or move can cause the thread to miss entirely.

This is completely unrelated to anything to do with Middle-earth, or Gollum for that matter, but it's a combination of the randomness of it all which makes it all the funnier. 

13 “I Have No Memory of this Place"

Ian McKellen as Gandalf No Memory Meme

We have to admit, this meme makes us feel totally guilty, on a variety of levels. If you've ever combed the Interwebs for hours, there's a high chance that you've been in Gandalf's shoes.

The mere mention of the phrase, "You already have an account, please sign in using your login credentials" can cause a variety of reactions. If you're one of those people with a memory like Dory from Finding Nemo, you'll undoubtedly know how real this meme can be. Of course, it makes it even more hilarious, linking it back to the scene from Fellowship of the Ring where Gandalf appears stumped in Moria.

"I have no memory of this place..." Gandalf says to the Fellowship, and we have to admit, it's a pretty clever correlation when you seem to forget everything about your login (or password info!). You’re not alone, Gandalf.

12 Boromir Stark

Chances are, if you're a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings, you're also a die-hard fan of George R. R. Martin's wildly successful series, Game of Thrones. If you're all caught up with season seven, Game of Thrones fans will definitely appreciate this crossover meme featuring Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and her younger sister, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams).

While perched on top of the wall at Winterfell, Sansa says to her sister, "Remember what father used to say?" and Arya replies, "One does not simply walk into Mordor."

The next image shows both characters staring out into the distance, with the hilarious caption, "Yep. Weird man." and "I know! Like, what is Mordor?"

The phrase, of course, is referring back to Sean Bean's performance as Boromir in the Fellowship of the Ring at the council of Elrond. We've pretty sure this meme doesn't need an elaborate explanation, but in case you need a refresher, Bean also played Ned Stark on Game of Thrones.

11 Saruman Dog

In the Fellowship of the Ring, Boromir wasn't the only character who was more than a little skeptical about fighting back against Sauron and the evil forces found in Mordor. Saruman the Wise, played by the late actor Sir Christopher Lee, also mirrored similar sentiments about resistance.

When speaking to Gandalf, Saruman famously told him, "Against the power of Mordor there can be no victory..." With this meme, it looks like Saruman certainly has a run for his money with this well-groomed pooch. This dog has long straight white fur, and an enviable mane that's certainly bound to cause some jealousy in the wig department.

If they ever decide to cast a dog version of The Lord of the Rings, this puppy is a perfect match! Besides, who can possibly resist the cuteness of a dog meme every now and then?

10 Sam vs the Fidget Spinner

If you were living under a rock (no… not even Hobbit Holes were spared from the madness... or completely off the grid) this past summer, you might have been spared the torture of seeing the rise of a popular children's toy—fidget spinners.

In a hilarious twist, this meme shows Frodo in the heart of Mount Doom, poised to throw the One Ring into the flame. Erm, except in this meme, Frodo doesn't quite have the One Ring. Instead, he has an infamous fidget spinner at the end of his chain. Below, Sam (Sean Astin) is captioned with his phrase, "Destroy it!"

In this two part meme, another slide to the right shows Frodo deciding to rebel, saying "No, Sam." and appearing to use the fidget spinner for evil.

For the love of all things sacred, please, someone talk some sense into him, and destroy it once and for all!

9 Boromir Never Skips Leg Day

I agree with you Boromir.😬 #lotr #lotrmeme

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Despite having only appeared alive in one major Lord of the Rings movie, Sean Bean certainly made quite an impact during his time with Fellowship of the Ring. His phrase, "One does not simply walk into Mordor..." has been immortalized in meme form for years, with quotes ranging from literally any subject imaginable.

For this one, we're fairly certain gym rats and part-time fitness aficionados can attest, this meme is all too real. "One does not simply... retrieve items from the floor after leg day."

If you've ever experienced the pains of delayed onset muscle soreness, particularly after a challenging lower body workout, you know this meme is pretty much spot-on! Share with a gym buddy who can completely relate.

8 The Shady Hobbit

Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins Stretched Hobbit Films Meme

Ouch. Warning, if you're a diehard fan of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books, this one might sting a little bit.

Using two photos from Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins in The Fellowship of the Ring, Bilbo is explaining to Gandalf how he wants to change and yearns for something different than more time spent in the Shire. The original quote is "I feel... thin. Sort of stretched, like butter over too much bread..." Instead, this meme from TehLurdOfTehRings Facebook page reads, "Sort of stretched, like... one book adapted into three movies."

Of course, this meme is undoubtedly poking fun at the fact that The Hobbit, a roughly three hundred page novel, became stretched out into three lengthy films. Talk about a burn… But, if you’re a fan of the books, you can’t deny that this one is pretty true.

7 Smeagol discovers the internet

Gollum Discovered Internet Meme

This is one of those memes that hardly needs any added description, because it's pretty much the honest, stark truth. With the caption reading, "When I discovered the Internet..." you already know this meme is about to enter some seriously real territory.

This meme uses images of Smeagol's descent into madness, and his transformation into the creature we know of as Gollum from The Lord of The Rings series.

Day one depicts Andy Serkis looking fairly normal as a hobbit named Smeagol from the Shire, while day three shows Smeagol looking a little worse for wear. Day five certainly looks like he isn't faring any better, while a week later, you can already see some serious changes going on, especially in the forehead wrinkle department. Day ten shows that there is no going back to his former self as Smeagol, and you can begin to see the transformation into Gollum.

Hilariously enough, several users wrote an additional caption in the comments, "We even forgot our own name..." which correlates perfectly to this internet-addiction meme!

6 Hobbits can't do calculus

If math isn't quite your forte, you'll certainly be able to relate to Frodo in this amusing meme. In the earlier parts of The Fellowship of the Ring, Gandalf and Frodo are shown together in Bag End.

Focusing on an introductory scene from the Fellowship of the Ring, this meme shows the exact scene when Frodo takes a closer look at the One Ring after being placed in the fireplace. When the Elvish script starts appearing on the outside of the band, Frodo says to Gandalf, "It's some kind of Elvish. I can't read it." 

Of course, most of us can probably attest to the fact that we've felt this way too, whether it was facing a particularly challenging calculus problem, or a similar mathematical equation. Don't worry Frodo. You're definitely not alone!

5 Hobbits in the club

When You Find All Your Friends After Losing Them At The Club Hobbits Lord of the Rings Meme

Sometimes the simplest things in life are often the greatest, and the same can be said for memes. If you've ever headed out to a crowded club, only to lose your friends within a matter of seconds, you can probably relate to feeling all sorts of anxiety and panic. The same can be said for anyone with high-functioning anxiety in practically any social setting, whether it’s from attending parties, family reunions, what have you.

The exuberant joy that goes through you after finding a familiar soul is second to none, and that's why this meme definitely struck a chord.

When Frodo awakens from this comatose state in The Fellowship of the Ring, he is greeted enthusiastically by his fellow hobbits, Sam, Merry, and Pippin. The joy is all too real!

4 Isildur, Elrond, and the Ring…

Isildur Elrond One Ring Lord of the Rings Meme

Affectionately known as the "Distracted Boyfriend" meme, this one might be the new kid on the block, but it's certainly hilarious.

On one side, you've got a woman labeled as “Elrond” and the distracted man himself, noted as “Isildur”, who appears to be a bit preoccupied with his attention on the One Ring.

The original scene first appeared in director Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of The Fellowship of the Ring, which depicts Elrond urging Isildur to destroy the one ring of power. While in the heart of Mt. Doom, Elrond tells Isildur to cast the ring into the fire, but Isildur defies his wishes, and chooses to keep the ring for himself.

This might be a newer meme that has been circulating around recently, but we have to admit, it’s downright hilarious.

3 You have no power here...

Whether you're still in school, or you've put your years at university in the past, this meme can certainly induce a chuckle or two. Seeing a teacher outside of school can always be a little unnerving, particularly if you have a certain professor who's known for being strict.

In The Two Towers, Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli, and Aragorn arrive at the great hall of Rohan. Unfortunately, the members of the fellowship are greeted by the dark Grima Wormtongue, and an extremely sick Théoden. In the next scene, Gandalf helps to free Théoden from the shadowy spell. When he was trying to resist, Théoden tells Gandalf, "You have no power here... Gandalf the Grey!" while laughing hysterically.

The scene has been immortalized in meme form, and works perfectly for a situation where you might pass by a teacher in a non-academic setting.

2 "I am no bro!"

Eowyn I Am No Bro Lord of the Rings Meme

In the Return of the King, the leader of the Ringwraiths known as the Witch-king of Angmar wreaks havoc and destruction in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. A prophecy foretold by Glorfindel that the Witch-king would never be slain by a man, and on the battlefield, he is practically unfazed.

In a true empowering moment, Éowyn (Miranda Otto), takes off her helmet and reveals her true identity, before plunging her sword into the Witch-king and killing him. The prophecy was true, the Witch-king was not killed by a man, but taken down by a hobbit, Meriadoc Brandybuck, and Éowyn of Rohan.

Nazgûl: Hinder me? Thou fool. No living man may hinder me!

Éowyn: But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn I am, Eomund's daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Be gone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him.

Of course, in meme form, the author decided to paraphrase a little bit.

1 Lego is as evil as the One Ring

Fear And Doubt Over So Small A Thing Meme Lord of the Rings Lego

For our last pick, we had to include this laugh-inducing meme featuring Sean Bean as Boromir.

In the Fellowship of the Ring, the nine members of the fellowship are shown climbing a mountain, and Frodo trips unexpectedly, dropping the one ring on the ground. Boromir is the first to pick it up, becoming entranced by the ring and its irresistible power. In the film, Boromir murmurs aloud, "It is a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt over so small a thing." 

In a hilarious twist, this meme replaces the One Ring with a certain bane of any parent's existence— a bright red lego. If you've ever experienced the pain of accidentally stepping on a lego, you'll definitely be able to relate to this hilarious meme.


What are your favorite memes from The Lord of the Rings? Let us know about your favorites in the comments!

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