• Arielle Wolfe-Fritz

Things We Know About American Culture From These 10 'Lord of the Rings' Memes

by Arielle Wolfe Fritz, September 18th, 2020

Americans love to laugh, that much is certain. We make jokes at our own expense and poke fun at all the things. Lord of The Rings memes are particularly adept at bringing humor to just about every arena of life, including interpersonal relationships, politics, physicality, alcohol, and even, well, going to the bathroom. *eye roll*

It's The Simple Things.

One would think that with all of the technological advancements that we have seen in the last decade alone, we would have grown up a bit as a society.

Sometimes you just have to be able to laugh at the simplest things in order to make it through some of the worst times.

Lord of The Rings Memology

Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings film adaptations are some of the most loved films in America today. Countless memes have been created by fans of these films and fans of comedy in general. These memes are so easily understood by people who dearly love these films and laughable even to those who have the audacity to dislike them.

They bring a little bit of Middle Earth and a bit of much-needed humor into our hectic American lives.

In hindsight, they give a little bit of insight into what American culture actually is and they make us feel as though we are not alone in our daily fight to just make it through with some semblance of sanity. We all face small, uncomfortable struggles every day and most of us will experience what all or most of these memes portray at some point in our lives.

This is what it means to be an American. Facing our battles with a good meme about it.

1 - Smile, It's just a pandemic.

Oh boy, the lovely Corona. This pandemic has gone on long enough, hasn't it? Well, apparently not. Wearing a face mask is just a part of daily life now as most business owners now have policies in place that state that anyone who enters their establishment must be wearing some sort of covering over their mouth and nostrils in order to protect the other patrons and employees on the premises.

According to the CDC,[1] wearing these masks is the safest course of action at the time in an effort to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus while keeping the economy running, but this precaution does not come without its social disadvantages.

For instance, how do you know if a meme is funny or not if you can't tell if the person who is reading it is smiling or not?!

2 - Grocery Day.

These days, people are becoming aware of the harmful effects of one-time use plastic bags that we precariously load our precious produce in. Large, reusable bags are now available to transport your goods into your home but it still does not make that final and arduous task of hauling in your spoils any more efficient or pleasing.

We all gotta do it, so we might as well have a good laugh about it.

3 - Politically unstable.

We all know that guy. You know the one, the dude who after a couple of drinks just can't help himself. He starts slurring about Trump and Biden and about how Obama was or wasn't the best president of our generation.

It is part of our constitutional rights as Americans to have a voice and an opinion about what is going on in our government and, in fact, it is crucial to be educated on the goings on within our political office. Knowledge compels us to vote effectively and decide for ourselves what candidate will be best suited to run our country.

But some Americans, just take it too far. Do us all a favor Larry, put down the beer, and let's talk about LOTR instead, or anything else as a matter of fact.

4 - Toilet humor.

When you gotta go you gotta go. At no point in the day are Americans without their precious smartphones and when duty calls, this is no exception.

When confined to the porcelain throne, we open up our devices and indulge in social media, pointless, time sucking games, or take these moments of alone time to text our friends and loved ones who would probably be better off not knowing where you are texting from.

If they did, who would they be to judge? They do it too, and apparently Gandalf is guilty of this as well. But, have you ever had to endure these moments without your phone in hand? Well, let's just say that that is how nature intended it. But why then does it feel so unnatural?

5 - Storage is full.

In the past decade alone, a multitude of phones have been released, upgraded, and released again in the states. Each new model, boasting to be the best yet.

The latest models are equipped with an array of special, never before used features, professional quality cameras, groundbreaking touchscreens, facial recognition software and plenty of storage space to fill with all of those precious photos of children, scenic nature photographs and, yep, hundreds of LOTR memes to annoy our friends with.

We know, deep down they smile inside when they open up that text from you with an image from one of the most beloved movie adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkiens Lord of the Rings Trilogy, stamped with a witty comment sure to brighten your day.

6 - Not so casual fan.

There are fans, and then there are super fans. Most Americans casually enjoy a good afternoon of watching the theatrical version of one of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films.

Some, enjoy a good 12-hour binge of the 3 extended editions of the Lord of the Rings films, complete with behind the scenes footage and interviews with the cast and crew. Others, read and re-read Tolkien's literary works and dedicate countless hours to learning Quenya and indulge in online forums discussing Tolkien's, to put it lightly, 'difficult to read' collection of mytho-poetic works, The Silmarillion.