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Doomed Lord of the Rings Memes

It’s finally here. The moment you’ve been waiting for. We’re tackling The Lord of the Rings, through memes. Partly because The Two Towers was published 65 years ago today, and partly because it’s long overdue. Is it what Tolkien would have wanted? Hard to say. Very hard to say. But he’s ubiquitous enough we think his good standing will survive.

I Just Report Facts

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I would pay good money to see some sort of modern language retelling of The Lord of the Rings. Sure, it would be truly terrible, and probably sacrilege of exalted texts, but I would still absolutely love it. Aragorn saying lit. Legolas saying bro. Gandelf hopefully saying yeet. I don’t know where that one would go, I just know I want it. I really really want it. And look at it this way. Tolkien was a linguist, and linguists love the way language changes and evolves, so Tolkien would love Gollum calling the ring bae. He’d love it. No I don’t take constructive criticism.


Bet You Didn’t See That Coming

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Who saw this coming? Not audiences, I imagine. Certainly not the Nazgûl. This is my girl right here. Sure, the core fellowship is all dudes – there could be more female LOTR characters, anyone can see it? But the ones we get? Incredible. Badass. Absolutely iconic. How do we find a man who wasn’t born of a mother, the entirety of middle earth asks, scratching their foolish heads. Just give Éowyn a sword. In fact, just give every woman a sowrd, and not only will the king of Angmar die, I think a lot of things will get better. Just saying!


Google Middle Earth

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Who’s more iconic than Legolas? The queen herself, Leslie Knope. What other show would have the guts? Look at Legolas, standing there like there’s a whole film crew right behind him. Parks and Rec wasn’t having any of that. Don’t get me wrong – I think Legolas is cool. I just also think he’s trying so, so hard. I also like the idea of a google earth van just minding its own business, rolling by in the background of the story. It’s kind of Monty Python.


It’s the Law

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This could probably be described as failing to show up to your own party. All these people came out to see you, Sauron! Put the kettle on, and come greet them! I also love the fifteen minute rule. I’ve never seen someone invoke it in earnest, but the jokes are constant. I also love that leaving is legal. You know it’s always legal to leave class, right guys? Like… your professor might get mad, but there’s no…. law…. I’m just saying!


Let Me Pass!

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So let me get this straight. I can’t make an account, because I already have one. And I can’t get my password reset, because you don’t recognize my email. You know what I don’t recognize? This entire website. Where am I? What did I do to deserve this? How many more times do I need to prove I’m not a robot? What crimes, I ask you, have I committed? Admittedly I’m slightly younger than Gandalf (just slightly), but does that mean I remember my password? No, it does not.

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Our Favorite Tolkien & Lewis Apocrypha

Tolkien and Lewis were both in residence at Oxford for many years, studying and teaching both. They were also close friends, even though they disagreed on almost everything. Sure, they had a shared interest in language, and in what we now call fantasy, but they disagreed on religion, and on the tones of their books. There are also a lot of stories about their friendship, few confirmed, but all amazing. Here are our favorites!


1. The Lamppost


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There’s a story that says Lewis specifically put the lamppost in Narnia because Tolkien said a good fantasy story would never have one. The sheer pettiness. What an icon. No fantasy story would have a lamppost? Well this one does! Please, TELL Lewis what his story can have. There’s no slowing him down. A lesson in spite we should really all take to heart.



2. Religion


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Tolkien was, as well as being a linguist and historian, quite Catholic, and Lewis found his philosophical suggestions appealing, becoming religious himself. Tolkien didn’t get what he wanted, though, because though Lewis became more religious, he was Protestant, and Tolkien didn’t at all appreciate how much religion was in Lewis’ books. Kinda played himself.


3. The Draft


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Apparently when Lewis first read his draft of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe to Tolkien and a croup of friends, Tolkien hated it. He thought it was terrible and combined too many mythologies. He wanted more consistent world building, and I don’t have a good source for this, but I’ve heard he even told Lewis to stop writing.




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Five Book Opinions from Cats

We all have some hot book takes, and what’s better than a good take? A hot take from a cat. Sure, they’re funny, but they’re also relateable. Well, some of them. Hopefully not #3. Any opinion from a cat is a quality opinion, and here are a few about your favorite books.



1. When you love nothing

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I hope you like more than two things, but if you’re gonna keep the list short, books are certainly top pics. Kind of makes you wonder which tow, doesn’t it? Relatable when all you want is to jump into fiction to escape your real world problems. Rest in peace, Tardar Sauce.



2. We’re still not over it

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MASTER gave Dobby a SOCK. Seen here, a tabby kitten cosplaying her favorite Harry Potter character. Her ears might not be big enough, but 13/10 for effort, and she’s certainly mastered the huge eyes. Does Dobby ever bite the sock? Time for a reread. RIP Dobby. Yikes.



3. Don’t touch my things

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I know the ring makes you really protective, but do you get the sense Smeagle had siblings? “Mom said it’s my turn on the one ring!” – Smeagle, probably. Regardless, he’s attached, and this cat has captured his covetous energy perfectly.



4. Finely aged memes

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Sure, this meme format is basically antique, but memes age like fine wine. Besides, it’s hard to argue. I was an Aslan stan as a child, and can say that this is a good impersonation, if the scale might make it less convincing in person. I definitely want to pat the fluff.



5. Misleading book titles

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Finally it seemed like there was some literature he could really appreciate, so imagine the disappointment of getting two thirds through the book, and realizing it’s never going to be about bird hunting. Top ten anime betrayals of all time.




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Summer Flings – 5 Fantasy Standalones

As the summer draws to a close, here’s a list of the five best fantasy books you just have to read before autumn arrives! All these books aren’t set in the summer, but they’re still the perfect thing to pick up, no strings attached! Whether you like paranormal, high fantasy, or light horror, you’ll find the perfect book to read in the sun (without falling asleep).



Uprooted – Naomi Novik


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If you’re not reading Novik yet, then you’re missing out! This is the perfect standalone to get you started. Set on the outskirts of a terrifyingly magical forest, this book has a dragon (arguably), an unexpected heroine, plenty of violence, and even more magic. If you want a glorious modern story with the feel of a classic fantasy, you’re going to love this book. It’s also got sense, heart, and writing that’ll make you wonder why anyone else even tries.


The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Holly Black


The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

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Black writes a lot of different moods, so if you read fantasy you’ve probably encountered her. The Coldest Girl is and isn’t like anything else. Whether you’re over vampires or completely obsessed, give this book a try. A strong, sensible heroine who never the less gets drawn into danger and horror she thought she’d escaped, this book has both the elegance and horror of the genre, the obsession and the disinterest, as well as characters who step off the page.


Deep Secret – Danna Wynne Jones


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Jones is also outrageously prolific. Even if you haven’t read any of her work, you’ve probably seen the Miyazaki adaptation of one of her novels, Howl’s Moving Castle. This is something slightly different, but with Jones’ dry humor, sense of tangible magic, and deeply flawed characters you’ll still absolutely love. Royal succession, a secret magical society, and a digital curse make this book a classic, even if you may not know all the retro computer terms.



The Replacement – Brenna Yovanoff


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You probably don’t know Yovanoff, but you might want to. This book is a little gruesome, but only in the way some old fairy tales are. Sometimes children in Gentry are taken, and Mackie Doyle is what was left. Exploring sacrifice, familial love, and what it means to be different, this is an unusual book that’s worth your consideration. The protagonist is complex, and teeters between selfishness and alarming selflessness. My advice? Read it with the lights on.



The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien


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It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Lord of the Rings fan or haven’t even seen any of the movies, The Hobbit is self-contained novel that stands on its own. This book is sweet, engaging, frighting, and funny. If you like modern fantasy, here’s it’s start. If you love Tolkien, you know this is a great read and reread,  and if you never got into Tolkien and were too afraid to ask, this is a great place to start. Plus, they put the most gorgeous covers on this book now.



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A ‘Lord of the Rings’ MMO Is Coming from Amazon!




The Lord of the Rings franchise is coming back into the spotlight thanks to a new television series being developed by Amazon. But that isn’t the only Tolkien project that the streaming service is developing.

Amazon Game Studios announced that they will be making a Lord of the Rings video game that will exist separately from the upcoming series. The game will be a massive multiplayer online role-playing game that will be free to play. It will be developed by the same team that made popular games like Destiny and Warframe.

The news about a new LOTR game comes at a time when video games centered around the Tolkien universe already exist. In addition to the Middle Earth series of games, a LOTR mmorpg titled The Lord of the Rings Online is still receiving updates to this day after being released in 2007. It is unclear how Amazon’s new game will impact the already existing ones.


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Amazon Game Studios didn’t go in length about what features the game will have, but they did talk up the developers in a statement:


“Tolkien’s Middle-earth is one of the richest fictional worlds in history, and it gives our team of experienced MMO developers — from the same studio developing New World — tremendous opportunity to play and create.”


Are you excited for the new Lord of the Rings game?




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