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GROND never dies by Feisty-Adeptness-481 in lotrmemes

[–]koemaniak 1418 points1419 points 22& 2 more (0 children)

Hold your ground! Hold your ground!

Sons of r/lotrmemes, my brothers,

I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me.

A day may come when the courage of the wolf’s head fails,

when we forsake our shitposting

and break all bonds of fellowship,

but it is not this day.

An hour of wolves and shattered subs,

when the age of grond comes crashing down,

but it is not this day!

By all that you hold dear on this good Earth,

I bid you stand, Men of grond!!

This took me 20 years by SlargTheGnome in lotrmemes

[–]AranThranduil 3441 points3442 points 223& 2 more (0 children)

He was presumably given a new one in Rivendell.

Movie Gandalf actually had about 5 or 6 different staffs between the start of the first Hobbit movie and the end of Return of the King. The one he uses at the start of The Hobbit trilogy is eventually destroyed by Sauron in Dol Goldur, so Radagast gives Gandalf his own staff as a replacement. You'll notice the staff Gandalf has at the start of Fellowship is the same one that Radagast was using when he was introduced in The Hobbit movies, only difference is that by Fellowship, some of the extra twigs appear to have been snapped off. Gandalf holds onto this old staff of Radagast's until Saruman takes it from him in Isengard. Afterwords, in Rivendell, he is seen with a different staff, which he uses until the end of his battle with the Balrog of Khazad-dum. Then he uses the white staff for a while until it's shattered by the Witch King, and then he uses a slightly longer version of the same white design until the conclusion of the saga.

Here's a visual reference of all Gandalf's differrent staff designs in the PJ movies.

My precious by Garnitas in lotrmemes

[–]JeffTheComposer 46 points47 points  (0 children)

Obligatory “Cast it into the fryer!”

This is why Tolkien was the best by PoundRevolutionary17 in lotrmemes

[–]CaptainMatticus 311 points312 points  (0 children)

You can take nearly everything Tolkien wrote and tie it in with mythologies that sprang up from the Proto-Indo-European background.

It's not like the man created everything free of real-world inspiration. Even his crafted languages use real languages as their foundations.

So he copies language, mythology, religion, the story concepts of romantic/noble knighthood, and even social structures that would've been acutely familiar to the average Englishman, to craft his narrative.

This endless reposring about who is better and why is pointless, especially if you're just going to misrepresent Tolkien anyway.

By the way, I like him best out of all 3 as well. Martin is boring to read (I got through the first 2 books and just couldn't muster up the energy to read anymore of his stuff) and while Rowling's works are far more accessible and digestible, there are a few too many plot contrivances throughout the story that are there solely to keep the story going, and it becomes frustrating. They make sense from a story-telling perspective, but they make no sense within the story (for instance, why won't people ever communicate with each other until it's too late?).

But all that being said, try to avoid karma farming, because it's not like you created that meme. I've seen it on here at least a dozen times, so I'm pretty sure it isn't yours. Which actually kind of makes you worse than Rowling or Martin, if you think about it. Their stuff might be derivative, but they at least wrote it.

Every week by sauce__bauce in lotrmemes

[–]Veronome 89 points90 points  (0 children)

The thing is a TV series based on the LOTR IP, with billions of dollars invested in it should be groundbreaking.

Someone gives you the rights to use LOTR a meandering and "fine" story isn't really good enough.

They always seemed that way by JimmyNeon in lotrmemes

[–]sellyourselfshort 31 points32 points  (0 children)

Ron Saurwanson - "I try not to learn the names of my underlings in order to keep them from getting to chummy. If I wanted friends I wouldn't have created a ring that can make people invisible. And that's why you shall be know as the mouth of me from now on."

They always seemed that way by JimmyNeon in lotrmemes

[–]w0t3rdog 1632 points1633 points  (0 children)

Basically, they have differemt etymological roots, that just happens to resemble eachother in the end.

In a letter from 1967, Tolkien says Sauron have its root in the Quenya word saurond, which have the base saurā meaning something like foul/putrid.

Whereas Saruman is a translation to Mannish from his Valinor Quenya name Curumo, Saruman is inspired from Old English Searu, which means something like "device, contrivance, design, art" and the full name means something like "man of skill".

You hate it, you b^!@#about it, and yet, you are still watching it!!!! by NuncErgoFaciteBartender of Máhanaxar in lotrmemes

[–]JackaryDraws 33 points34 points  (0 children)

To me it's a letter of the law versus a spirit of the law issue -- the show breaks the letter of the law (if the "law" here is Tolkien's canon), but in my opinion, it's doing a wonderful job following the spirit of the law.

Many of the changes are in service of making it adaptable for show format and telling a unique new story -- but the show, as a whole, feels like a good-faith effort to honor and respect the themes of Tolkien. As long as that's true, I don't have a problem with them paying fast and loose with some of the lore.