Lord of the Rings Fans: Best Ways to Anger Them?

Here’s everything about the best ways to anger Lord of the Rings Fans:

The easiest way to anger a fan of Lord of the Rings is to insult the author, J. R. R. Tolkien.

You can also set them off by confusing Lord of the Rings with other fantasy series.

Other sure methods include pointing out plot holes, ridiculing favorite characters, and arguing whether the books or movies are better.

So if you want to learn all about what really makes Lord of the Rings fans annoyed, then you’re in the right place.

Let’s jump right in!

Lord of the Rings Fans: Best Ways to Anger Them? (10 Ways)

What’s the Deal With The Lord of the Rings?

The One Ring from Lord of the Rings

Before we can talk about The Lord of the Rings fans and what makes them angry, a little bit of background information is going to prove necessary.

You need to have at least some idea as to what we’re talking about in order for the situation to make sense.

So, let’s talk about The Lord of the Rings.

Before I really dive in, allow me to issue a spoiler warning.

The Lord of the Rings has been around for nearly a hundred years.

Despite that, you might not know the story.

In order to explain some of the things that make fans angry, I’ll have to get into the plot.

That means spoilers do lie ahead.

Proceed at your own risk.

With that covered, The Lord of the Rings is a book trilogy that was written by J. R. R. Tolkien and originally published in 1954.

Much later, Peter Jackson directed a film trilogy adapted from the original books.

The first of the movies was released in 2001, and the trilogy was a massive box-office success.

Both the original books and the Jackson adaptation were massively successful and garnered huge fanbases.

There have been other adaptations, but I’m going to ignore them today.

The Jackson movies were simply bigger.

The books and movies largely cover the same events.

There are some discrepancies, but in many cases, fans of the movies are also fans of the books, and vice versa.

So, we’ll be talking about both interchangeably.

There will be a few moments when I have to distinguish between the two, but in general, we’re talking about Tolkien’s writing and Jackson’s filmmaking.

One more thing before we move on.

I have to make a little confession.

I have read the original books, and I’ve seen the movies.

For the sake of full disclosure, I’m not a fan of the original books.

The movies were entertaining, but I feel like the third movie was a bit bloated and boring.

That’s where I’m coming from, but my opinions on fiction shouldn’t really determine how you feel about anything.

Why Are We Angering Lord of the Rings Fans?

Fan wearing Thranduil Elven king  costume from LOTR posing for camera at a cosplay event

I’m really not here to draw blood.

I don’t want to see fans of The Lord of the Rings fighting tooth and nail with other groups.

That’s not really the point here.

Instead, we can take a lighthearted approach.

I can talk about things you might want to avoid saying if you’re on a first date with a massive Tolkien fan.

Or, we can talk about silly ways to tease our friends who love the series.

My goal is to keep this in good fun.

With that in mind, here’s how you can really annoy or even anger fans of The Lord of the Rings.

How Do You Anger a Lord of the Rings Fan? (10 Ways)

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That’s enough preparation and backstory and everything else.

We’re here to make fun of The Lord of the Rings, right?

Ok. Maybe not.

Still, if you’re wondering about things that anger fans of the series, regardless of motivation, the rest of this article is devoted to answering your question directly.

I’ve compiled a list of the things that will probably get the most rise out of fans of The Lord of the Rings.

Some of these are sillier and less serious.

Others really might make someone angry, so proceed with caution.

#1 Confuse The Lord of the Rings With Other Series

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This is a pretty general way to annoy fans of any series, but with The Lord of the Rings, it feels like there are more opportunities.

In a general sense, Tolkien is credited with inventing the fantasy genre.

Many things that are common in fantasy stories today were explored for the first time in the original Tolkien books (including The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit).

Since an entire genre of fiction has more or less emerged and built on top of Tolkien’s work, you’ll find many fantasy stories that have similar elements. 

While it’s always frustrating for a fan to have their series confused with other works, it can be even more frustrating for Tolkien fans.

In most cases, if you confuse other fantasy stories with The Lord of the Rings, you’re basically confusing the original fantasy work with derivative copies.

#2 Insult Tolkien

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Tolkien was a smart person.

That’s hard to deny.

He created an entire language just for fun.

Then, he created the world around The Lord of the Rings just as an excuse to have fun with his made-up language.

It might come across as weird to some, but there’s no denying an element of brilliance in all of that.

An insult to Tokien’s intelligence is arguably unwarranted, and picking on Tolkien in general is a good way to earn ire from his modern fans.

Tolkien was an imperfect person and author, but fans of his work can be a bit rabid in their enthusiasm.

#3 Point Out Plot Holes in Lord of the Rings

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Look. Fictional stories have plot holes.

It’s inevitable.

No matter how thorough or careful an author tries to be, a fictional story isn’t actually real.

Because of that, at some point, it’s going to fail to hold up to real scrutiny.

When you add fantasy elements like hobbits and orcs and elves, along with magic and fake history and everything else in this series, there are going to be illogical moments.

There’s no getting around it, and The Lord of the Rings has a few plot holes.

When you point those out, it frustrates a lot of fans of the series, and there is one plot hole in particular that will make them angrier than any other.

At the very end of the series, the characters all ride giant eagles to escape the enemy.

The eagles were able to fly deep into enemy territory without a problem, which brings up an obvious question.

Why didn’t they just ride the eagles to destroy the ring in the first place?

If you bring this up with a die-hard fan, they’ll explain a lot of different things to you (often in frustration because this comes up so often).

Ultimately, there is only one answer.

It’s a plot hole.

That’s the end of it.

#4 Say the Lord of the Rings Movies Were Better Than the Books

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The Lord of the Rings was a book series long, long before it became a movie (or a bunch of movies).

As such, the series built up a large following of bibliophiles, and the general consensus for a movie adaptation is that the book is better than the movie.

Whether or not you agree with that sentiment (much less whether or not you like the series at all), if you comment on how the movies were better than the books, many fans will contest your statement.

Sure, it can be in good fun, but you can also run into genuine anger and resentment with this issue.

#5 Say the Lord of the Rings Books Were Better Than the Movies

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Despite everything I just said, this is a rare series where you’ll actually see an inverse of the common sentiment.

The truth is that Peter Jackson’s movie trilogy introduced a huge number of people to The Lord of the Rings for the first time.

Additionally, Jackson was a fan of the original books and put extraordinary effort into doing them justice in his big-screen adaptations.

The Lord of the Rings movies are often heralded as masterpieces of film, and visually, they hold up to this day.

On top of that, Tolkien didn’t exactly write The Lord of the Rings to be a gripping tale.

He wrote it to explore a world through narrative, and at times, that comes across as slow and a little boring.

Because of all of this, you’ll actually find a large contingent that prefers the movies to the books (myself included).

Some among them might argue with you if you suggest that the movies are in any way inferior to the books.

#6 Talk Like Gollum

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This is a completely different concept.

If you’re not familiar with Gollum, he’s the strange creature that lusts after the ring throughout the series.

At times, he is an ally to the heroes and acts as a guide.

At other times, he is an antagonist who puts them in peril.

In the end, Gollum accidentally saves the day when his efforts to steal the ring ultimately cause it to fall into the fires that can destroy it.

All of that said, Gollum had a peculiar speech pattern—which is delivered exceptionally well in the movies.

If you talk like Gollum, you’ll probably be met with smiles and nods of approval . . . at first.

Commit to the bit long enough, and even the most ardent fans of the series will get tired of it.

It might take a few years, but you’ll wear them down.

#7 Make You Shall Not Pass Jokes

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Surely, you have heard the phrase “You Shall Not Pass!”

It is a quote from The Fellowship of the Ring (the first story in the trilogy).

It became particularly famous because of the movies, and it presents an endless opportunity to make jokes at the expense of The Lord of the Rings.

In the story, Gandalf (the wizard) tries to protect the rest of the group from a giant monster.

There’s a narrow bridge.

After everyone is across the bridge, Gandalf turns back to face the monster.

He yells the famous line, and he manages to protect the group.

If you want to use this to annoy a fan of The Lord of the Rings, simply block their access to something innocuous (like a refrigerator) and yell the line.

If you do it enough, you’ll annoy any fan of the series.

Come to think of it, they don’t even need to be a fan of the series.

You can probably annoy anyone on earth like this.

#8 Accuse Tolkien of Plagiarism

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I mentioned this before, but I’ll reiterate it for emphasis.

Tolkien more or less invented the modern concept of fantasy.

Sure, the ideas of trolls and elves predate his work, but he was really the first to build a fantasy world in fiction, and he had many original takes on fantasy ideas.

The truth is, if you’ve ever enjoyed a fantasy story, it probably borrowed at least something from Tolkien’s mind.

When Tolkien’s stories seem familiar, it’s usually because he was copied, not the other way around.

Most fans of his know this too.

So, an easy way to anger them is to suggest that he was the copier and that some other piece of fantasy is the true original.

Whether you do this tongue-in-cheek or sincerely, you’re likely to get an earful from any committed Tolkein fan.

#9 Speak in Fake Elvish

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Remember when I said that Tolkien invented a whole language?

That language is Elvish, and it’s present throughout The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

And, when I say Tolkien invented it, I mean he made an entire language.

It’s not just the handful of phrases you’ll see in the books.

It’s an entire, formalized language, and people learn and speak it.

In fact, there are more people alive today who can speak proper Elvish than Sumerian. 

Needless to say, if you start speaking made-up, fake Elvish to a fan of the series, you can very quickly annoy them.

Granted, for this to work, they’ll have to be die-hard enough that they actually know Elvish.

But in that case, fake Elvish is an endless mine of frustration and annoyance.

#10 Ridicule Samwise

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Ok. I have to explain some of the stories here for this one to make any sense.

Samwise Gamgee (often called Sam for short) is one of the primary characters in The Lord of the Rings.

He is a Hobbit and gardener to Frodo (the Hobbit who actually carries the ring to its destruction).

He is more or less Frodo’s best friend on the long journey, and he is wholly dedicated to helping Frodo.

It’s easy to say that Sam personifies loyalty and dedication.

At the very end of the trilogy, Frodo and Sam have made it to Mt. Doom, the volcano where they can destroy the ring.

Frodo’s strength fails.

Sam, in a moment of triumph, exclaims that if he can’t carry the ring for Frodo then he will just carry Frodo.

And, he does that.

He carries Frodo up the mountain and to a spot where they can toss the ring into the magma and destroy it.

It’s a display of friendship, loyalty, and heroism, and it comes after Sam has endured a terrible amount over the course of the journey.

As you can imagine, a lot of fans of the series love Sam for this moment (and his general demeanor).

Despite that, Sam gets ridiculed a lot.

Much of it stems from his portrayal in the movies, where he’s a bit of a beta male, always deferring to Frodo.

All of this said, if you pick on Samwise, his true fans will rise to his defense.

You might not get away unscathed.