two-panel image macro of bilbo baggins saying "after all, why not? why shouldn't I keep it?" in the film lord of the rings: the fellowship of the ring.

After All, Why Not? Why Shouldn't I Keep It?

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"After All, Why Not? Why Shouldn't I Keep It?" is a memorable quote uttered by the character Bilbo Baggins in the 2001 fantasy film The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Online, many use shots from the film of Bilbo saying the line in an image macro scene about everyday objects that people borrow but rarely return.

Origin

On December 19th, 2001, New Line Cinema released the film The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.[1] In the film, Bilbo Baggins (portrayed by Ian Holm) must relinquish ownership of a dangerous and all-powerful magic ring to his nephew Frodo (portrayed by Elijah Woods). Before handing it over to the intermediary, the wizard Gandalf the Grey (portrayed by Sir Ian McKellen), he says to the ring, "After all, why not? Why shouldn't I keep it?"

On December 16th, 2013, YouTuber Brian Herman shared a clip of the scene. The post received more than 14,000 views in less than eight years (shown below).



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Using the scene as a two-panel image macro meme began during the mid-2010s. In these memes, people will either add another panel that features a different object for Bilbo to keep or they replace the ring with an image of a different object. For example, on May 15th, 2014, Imgur [2] user David43 posted a three-panel image that includes a picture of a pen and the caption, "This is how I feel at the end of a day on which I used a borrowed pen." The post received more than 6,700 views and 5,000 upvotes in less than seven years (shown below, left).

The next decade saw continued usage of the format, including several examples that were shared by thousands of people. On April 24th, 2018, Redditor Teegi shared a version about upvotes on Reddit in the /r/lotrmemes[3] subreddit. The post received more than 12,000 points (94% upvoted) in less than three years (shown below, center).

Others used the image a reaction image. The following year, on May 5th, 2019, Twitter [4] user @isawken posted the image with the caption, "6 year old me after finding a cool rock on the ground." The tweet received more than 13,000 likes and 3,000 retweets in less than two years (shown below, center).


This is how i feel at the end of a day on which i used a borrowed pen: After all... why not? Why shouldn't I keep it? 1.0k After all... Why not? 999 Why shouldn't I keep it ken (fool) 00 @isawken 6 year old me after finding a cool rock on the ground After all... why not? Why shouldn't I keep it? 8:54 AM · May 5, 2019 · Twitter for iPhone

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After all.. why not? Why shouldn't I keep it? Landlords when it's time for them to give you your deposit back After all... why not? Why shouldn'tI keep it? After all...why not? Why shouldn't I keep it?

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