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The Lord of the Rings is a film trilogy consisting of three fantasy adventure films based on the three-volume book of the same name by English author J. R. R. Tolkien and were directed by Peter Jackson. Set in the fictional world of Middle-earth, the three films follow the hobbit Frodo Baggins as he and a Fellowship embark on a quest to destroy the One Ring, and thus ensure the destruction of its maker, the Dark Lord Sauron.
The Lord of the Rings originated by a book series with a similar name written by English philologist and University of Oxford professor J. R. R. Tolkien. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien’s earlier, less complex children’s fantasy novel The Hobbit, but eventually developed into a much larger work. The books were published as three separate volumes, each consisting of two books, over the course of a year from the 21st of July 1954 to October 1955. The films are The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003).
Since The Fellowship of the Ring’s release in 2001, LotR’s fanbase have created multiple memetic macros, videos, and phrases. One of the earlier memes, Figwit, a nickname given to an unnamed elf in the first movie, spawned fansites like Figwit Lives!, and Fans of Figwit. Another notable meme, an exploitable three pane macro called ‘What Do Your Elf Eyes See?’ gained popularity on Macrochan and even forums such as Facepunch.
Three exploitable phrases were also spawned from the Fellowship of the Ring: ‘One Does Not Simply Walk Into Mordor’, ‘You Have My Sword, And My Bow, And My Axe’ and ‘You Shall Not Pass’ are all lines from the first movie.