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Tolkien's works in popular media

From Tolkien Gateway

Over the years, many visual and verbal references have been made to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. While some of them predated Peter Jackson's film trilogy, most of them are references to the movie (especially in the movie's portrayal of Gollum).


A Song of Ice and Fire

  • Dareon, a recruit of the Night's Watch and a singer, could be a reference to Daeron, the minstrel of Doriath from The Silmarillion, though the e and the r are swapped.
  • Morghul, a young dragon bound to Jaehaera Targaryen and the word for death in High Valyrian, could be a reference to Morgul, the word for black arts, sorcery, and necromancy within the legendarium.
  • Leobald Tallhart's youngest son is named Beren, most likely as a light nod to Beren.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

  • In chapter 25 "The education of a magician", Mr. Norrel explains the bad idea of infusing magical power into physical objects in order to preserve it: "Rings have long been considered peculiarly suitable for this sort of magic by virtue of their small size. A man may keep a ring continually upon his finger for years, without exciting the smallest comment —which would not be the case if he showed the same attachment to a book or a pebble— and yet there is scarcely a magician in history who, having once committed some of his skill and power to a magic ring, did not somehow lose that ring and was put to a world of trouble to get it back again".

Boy in a White Room

  • The main character's alleged father builds him a digital version of Middle-earth he can explore freely. He notably takes pity on Orcs he is about to attack, as he sees them living normal lives in a village of their own.



17 Again

  • Ned Gold (Thomas Lennon), best friend of the protagonist 17 year-old Mike O'Donnell (Zac Efron), courts Jane Masterson (Melora Hardin), the high school principal who shares a mutual interest in The Lord of the Rings. They even discuss the return of Gandalf the Grey as Gandalf the White in The Two Towers and converse in elvish.

American Wedding

  • Cadence, the sister of the bride, asks best man Stifler to see the wedding ring. When he refuses, she calls him "Frodo".

The Avengers

Bones and All


  • The Pin and Brendan briefly discuss Tolkien's writing style.

Bring It on Again


Clerks II

  • Randal dislikes The Lord of the Rings - stating there is only one trilogy, and one Return - Star Wars and The Return of the Jedi, respectively. He summarizes the movies as three movies of only walking and mentions the many endings of The Return of the King.

Date Movie

  • Frodo, Sam, and Gandalf try to pawn off the One Ring, with Gandalf pleading that the Ring could "destroy all evil". Ignoring him, Frodo accepts fifty dollars; they then beat up Gandalf and run off to "get some wine coolers... and hookers!". Tom Lenk plays Frodo, Tom Fitzpatrick Gandalf and Scott Bridges is Sam.


  • Vanessa calls the heavy bearded mercenary "fat Gandalf".[1]


  • Upon encountering someone named "Peter Jackson", Collie Entragian (Ron Perlman) mentions he liked The Lord of the Rings.

Donnie Darko

  • Drew Barrymore, portraying a literature teacher, writes 'cellar door' on the board. Jake Gyllenhall, portraying Donnie Darko (the main character), asks 'what is that supposed to mean?' She explains: "This famous linguist once said that of all the phrases in the English language, of all the endless combinations of words in all of history, that Cellar Door is the most beautiful." In the DVD commentary, director Richard Kelly vaguely attributes this remark to Edgar Allan Poe.

Drillbit Taylor

  • Emmitt, who is very small, is not very fond of being called a Hobbit.


  • Alex comments that a stool that is too small for him was designed for a Hobbit.

Epic Movie

  • Leading up to the final battle, Legolas and Gimli can be seen at the Gnarnian camp.

Futurama: Bender's Game

  • In this tv-movie, Bender comes up with the world "Cornwood", and the entire plot then shifts to The Lord of the Rings.
  • The map of Cornwood is actually one of Gondor and Mordor mirrored, where Mount Doom is replaced by the "Geysers of Gygax".
  • A toilet-bowl version of Minas Tirith is called "Wipe Castle"; it even has a mad leader.
  • Main characters Fry and Leela are renamed Frydo and Leegola.
  • Professor Farnsworth becomes the Great Wizard Greyfarn.
  • Amy Wong is Gynacaladriel, queen of the Nympho's
  • The object that needs to be destroyed ("in the Geysers of Gygax from whence it came") is an anti-backwards crystal. It has the shape of a D&D-die, and is therefore called "the Die of Power". A heavily Gollum-like Frydo refers to it as "my duodecalicious" (referring to its twelve sides).
  • The Die doubles as a palantír.
  • The character Mom has been renamed to Momon, mirroring Sauron.
  • The Argonath are one heroic statue and a stack of garden gnomes. A rickety bridge hangs in between them.
  • A walking tree, named Treedledum, appears. He ends up as firewood.
  • Moria is portrayed as "the Cave of Hopelessness". The gang is attacked by Morks there.

The Heartbreak Kid

  • Eddie refers to a couple of kids as "homophobic hobbits".

The House That Dripped Blood

Imaginationland: The Movie

  • This South Park three part episode turned movie features several homages to The Lord of the Rings.:
  • Episode Two, "The Drying Of The Balls", opens with an aerial shot of mountains, followed by the titles in "Ringbearer" font, similar to the opening of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. The music accompanying the scene is based on the film's soundtrack.
  • There's an Ent among the good characters.
  • Sauron and the Balrog are one of the evil imaginations.
  • One of the orcs resembles those from the Rankin/Bass productions.
  • Castle Sunshine is an exact replica of Rivendell as featured in the movie trilogy.
  • Gandalf is a member of the Council of Nine, along with Jesus, Aslan, Popeye, Wonder Woman, Luke Skywalker, Zeus, Morpheus (from The Matrix) and the Tooth Fairy.
  • During the Battle of Castle Sunshine, several visual references are made to Peter Jackson's Battle of Helm's Deep.


  • Elinor Loredan claims she has been to many places. After listing several real cities, she mentions Middle-earth, distant planets and Shangri-la.


  • Juno compares Paulie Bleeker's mother to Samwise Gamgee: "Bleeker's mom was possibly attractive once, but now she looks like a Hobbit. You know, the fat one, that was in 'The Goonies." The last part is a reference to Sean Astin, who made his big break in the 1985 movie The Goonies.

Judge John Deed

  • In season 3, episode 1 (Health Hazard), Judge John Deed (actor Martin Shaw) asks a child what book he is reading, and the boy responds: "Lord of the Rings" and the Judge says "Really? That is impressive for seven. What book you are?" boy said: "Two Towers" and the Judge "Wow! I was eleven before I read the first book".

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

  • Harry Lockhart, played by Robert Downey Jr., says: "Don't worry, I saw Lord of the Rings. I'm not going to end this 17 times." This is a reference to the many plot points that were tied up at the end of the third film.

Kronk's New Groove

  • In one scene where Kronk gives a naked Rudy one of Yzma's Scam Youth Potions, he imitates the posture of Gollum, even saying "My Precious!".

The Lego Movie

  • Emmet, Wyldstyle, Vitruvius and Batman are travelling to Cloud Cuckoo Land. To get there they have to go through a fantasy-themed land called "Middle Zealand", a reference to New Zealand and Middle-earth where The Lord of the Rings film trilogy was filmed.

The Lizzie McGuire Movie

  • During the trip to Rome, Ms. Ungermeyer refers to her students as Halflings.

The Lovely Bones

  • When Susie is looking at Ray Singh from the bookstore, a poster for the 1973 Ballantine edition (with Peter S. Beagle's introduction) is featured predominantly in the store's display. The Lovely Bones was directed by Peter Jackson.

The Martian

Miss Cast Away and the Island Girls

  • At the end of the film, Mike asks Julie to marry him. The moment she puts on the ring, she is transported into another world, where a voice commands her to "remove the Ring, precious".


  • Maggie dislikes the stereotype that all drama club geeks have "all 10 hours of Lord of the Rings on DVD".

The Net

  • One of the IRC participants Angela chats with has the nickname Gandalf.


  • One character is named "Boromir", unusual for a setting in 10th century Scandinavia.

Rise of the Guardians

  • Tolkien fans have suggested that the portrayal of the headquarters of Santa Claus in the film is reminiscent of Tolkien's illustration of the same in Letters from Father Christmas, to the point of likely being a direct reference.[2]

Run Ronnie Run

  • Jeff Goldblum mentions hobbits in passing.

The Sandlot 2

  • The movie starts with an opening narration modelled after Galadriel's opening monologue in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.


Shrek 2

  • Fiona's wedding ring lands on her finger as it had on Frodo's in the Prancing Pony in The Fellowship of the Ring. In fiery red letters, "I love you" then appears on it.
  • In the DVD menu, one of the subtitles for the movie, as suggested by Donkey, is "Shrek 2: The Fellowship of the Donkeys".
  • In the scene right after Fiona drinks the tea her father gives her, you see the camera pan over a torture chamber where Shrek, Donkey, and Puss are being held captive. The outside of this fortress looks like Barad-dur, the chamber where Gollum was tortured in the first movie of LOTR.

Six Degrees of Separation

  • As part of his con that he is a literature student, Paul mentions a dislike for The Lord of the Rings and other fantasy. Ironically, one of the wealthy and conned people is played by Ian McKellen.

The Smurfs

  • Gargamel is found a prisoner in a New York prison facility. A moth flies into his cell and he asks it to bring a swarm of Eagles, reminiscing the scene from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring where Gandalf is trapped on the summit of Orthanc. The next day, instead of the Eagles, the moth brings a swarm of flies that carry Gargamel out.

Superhero Movie

  • One of the social cliques mentioned is the "Frodo's", kids dressed as Hobbits.

Taxi (2004)

  • Features a Gollum-like "My Precious".


  • Kevin mentions erotic themes in the movie trilogy; the phallic nature of Barad-dûr and the vagina-shaped Eye of Sauron, as well as the perceived homosexuality of Frodo and Sam.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Television Series

The Amazing World of Gumball

  • The episode "The Helmet", which resolves around a hat with magical abilities, takes several cues from Peter Jackson's movies. Gumball's obsessive behaviour mirrors Gollum's, and Darwin and Anais' destruction of the hat by throwing it in a garbage compactor is based on Sam and Frodo's scene at the Sammath Naur.

American Dad!

  • "Dungeons and Wagons" features a World of Warcraft-like game. The "heroes" fight a troll in a cave, which turns to stone after being exposed to sunlight. One of the characters is a wizard named Flandag - Gandalf backwards. Hayley appears as a character called "Morwen Nerdbane".
  • In "All About Steve", an obsessed terrorist dresses as Frodo.
  • In the episode "Escape from Pearl Bailey", as the four nerds struggle to escape from the jocks and cheerleaders, Debbie yells "You shall not pass", before blocking the road of the jocks with a goth dance.
  • "Black Mystery Month", a Da Vinci Code-homage, ends with President Jimmy Carter falling in lava, and a backpack with evidence with him. He grasps for it much how Gollum grasped for it in the film.
  • In "Return of the Bling", Roger reveals that he had used performance-enhancing steroids and the 1980 Olympics and won a gold medal. Stan and Steve attempt to return the medal to the IOC because it was illegitimately won, but Roger follows them onto a plane and hijacks it in order to stop them. Throughout the episode, Roger begins referring to the medal as "his precious" and has also taken on the appearance of Gollum due to his hair and costume burning in the plane crash. At the end of the episode, Roger grabs the medal from Stan and ends up falling into the Olympic Torch (which consists of fake flames.) After that he bites off Stan's finger because that's what Gollum did in the actual Lord of the Rings.


  • In "The Magic Bullet", Jasmine considers herself verbose, and then compares it to the prologue of The Fellowship of the Ring.
  • In "Damage", Andrew compares Spike's resurrection and gained strength to Gandalf's transformation into Gandalf the White after the death of the Balrog.


  • In episode 3, "Diversity Hire", one of the missions mentioned by the team is "Operation Frodo". It turned out to be just blowing up a weapons truck; reviewing footage, one technician remarks the bad guys should have been wearing "Bilbo's coat of Dwarven mithril". The technician wants to go on to explain his pun, but is cut short.
  • A recurrent character, Bilbo, is a Tolkien enthusiast and makes Lord of the Rings-related puns whenever possible.
  • At the end of Season 9, set in an alternate 1938, the protagonists come to the feet of the Tarako mountain and make allusions to the Back Door of Erebor and the thrush; when they enter the gallery, they wonder if Smaug will show up; they refer to The Hobbit as it was a famous cultural phenomenon the previous year, known by all, except Noah, who has been stranded on the island for four years and therefore doesn't know the book.
    The end of that episode involves a fight above a lava vein over a powerful native idol; eventually the idol falls into the lava as well as the villain and the protagonist, reminiscent of the One Ring and Gollum.
  • In the episode "Cubert" of Season 10, the protagonists find a mysterious cube in space, and one wonders if it's made of mithril.

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes

  • In the season two episode "Acts of Vengeance", Thor, Odin and Heimdall investigate the Dwarf realm Nidavellir after Surtur destroyed it. One of the cave's defences resembles the Bridge of Khazad-dûm.

Babylon 5

  • The first of the First Ones is called Lorien.
  • The God of the Underworld is called Morgoth.
  • In the episode "The Geometry of Shadows", Elric says "There is an old saying: "Do not try the patience of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger", Gildor Inglorion's warning to Frodo Baggins.

Being Erica

  • The premise of "Being Erica" is as follows: Erica gets "sent back" by her therapist to relive all the awful moments of her past and set them straight. Episode 2.06, "Shhh...Don't Tell" features Fiona, an old classmate of Erica. She is sitting in the school hallway reading the black cover paperback edition of The Two Towers. Erica tries to open up a conversation about the book and "the movies" - but because the flashback is set before the movies, Fiona asks her if she means the Bakshi version instead. The flashback is set in Erica's final year in high school, in the 1980's; about 2 decades before the black cover paperbacks were published.

The Big Bang Theory

  • Leonard dresses as Frodo in "The Middle Earth Paradigm".
  • In "The Financial Permeability", Leonard tries to tag along. As a (bad) argument, he says that Frodo only succeded because Sam, Pippin and Merry went with him.
  • Sheldon has a Sideshow Gollum statue on his desk in episode 3.11, "The Maternal Congruence".
  • In "Precious Fragmentation", the gang finds the ring and have a contest as to who gets to keep the One Ring. Leonard even utters "My Precious" [Gollum style]

Black Books

  • Bernard frequently refers to bumbling assistant Manny Bianco as "Lord of the Rings", "Gandalf" and several other bearded characters, in reference to Manny's unkempt appearance.


  • In "The Man in the Morgue", Seeley Booth dismisses voodoo as "and then we just toss the ring into the molten river, and blah blah blah"; a reference to the end of the One Ring.

Breaking Bad

  • In the episode "Phoenix", Jesse and Jane are contemplating the need to leave the United States after a drug deal gone bad. Jesse, who is high at the time, suggests New Zealand, because that's where they made Lord of the Rings. He then totally loses it by suggesting Jane can paint the local castles and he can become a bush pilot.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

  • In "Gone", Warren creates an invisibility ray. He nearly zaps Jonathan with it, who gets angry. Warren tells him off with "Cheer up, Frodo."


  • In the episode "Burple Nurples", Chowder makes treats too vile that the only place where Mung Daal can destroy them is "Mount Fondoom", a giant fondue pan-shaped volcano.
  • In the episode "The Sleep Eater", Schnitzel and Mung Daal guard a fridge from a sleep eating Chowder. When confronted by a giant hairy version of Chowder, Mung Daal yells "You Shall Not Pass!", and causes the ground to shudder with a giant fork. Chowder simply bends the fork and eats Mung Daal and Schnitzel.* In the episode "The Garage Sale", Chowder freaks out when he discovers much of his stuff is being sold and becomes obsessed over keeping them. At one point, he clutches his cooking pot and rubs it while calling it 'His precious' before coughing his name similar to Gollum.

The Colbert Report

Danny Phantom

  • In the season finale/TV film "Reality Trip", a fan at a convention yells "You shall not pass".

Dead Ringers

Dexter's Laboratory

  • In the episode "D&DD" (a "Dungeons and Dragons"-themed episode), Dexter is forced to play "Hodo, the Furry-footed Burrower", a Hobbit parody.

Doctor Who

  • In "Last of the Time Lords", The Master refers to a speedily aged Tenth Doctor as "Gandalf".


  • Echo failed a test on medieval literature because she didn't know what "Mid-Evil" was - she mistakes Middle-English with Middle-earth by saying "like Hobbits?".

Drawn Together

  • In the episode "The One Wherein There Is A Big Twist", Clara puts on an invisibility ring.
  • The ring returns in "The Other Cousin", where Foxxy hangs over the edge of a cliff, much like Frodo in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and asks Clara to give her her hand. Clara refuses, and takes the ring instead. Though the visual reference is to The Lord of the Rings, the lines are taken from Aladdin.
  • In "A Very Special Drawn Together Afterschool Special", it is revealed that the parents of Xandir live in a Bag End-like house.

Duck Dodgers

  • The fantasy-episode "M.M.O.R.P.D." features, among other fantasy characters, "Scamwise of the Wee People" (voiced by Wikipedia:S. Scott Bullock). Duck Dodgers refers to all the Cadet's friends as "Fellowship of the Dinks", and on their way to fulfil their quest, they encounter a walking talking tree.


  • In "The Impossible Summit of Mount Neverrest", Louie calls the eponymous mountain "Mount Certain Doom".

Evil Con Carne

  • In "No No Nanook", Hector Con Carne and his gang (on a dog sled) try to escape the Mounted Police by going through an ice cave. There, Gollum leads Frodo down the path, referring to him as "precious" and "master" before attacking him to get the Ring. At that point, Con Carne's sled runs them over and flattens them. They get up, and in bandages, continue their way. Only now, they are run over by the mounties. Gollum uses "Schlemiegel" and "Halfling" rather than "Smeagol" and "Hobbit". Billy West provided his voice; Frodo does not have any lines.


  • In Orlando Bloom's episode, he mentions his rise in popularity that came with his part as Legolas, though most of the rest of the episode deals with Pirates of the Caribbean and a supposed dislike of Johnny Depp.
  • In Ian McKellen's episode, Andy is cast in a play opposite McKellen. His role as Gandalf is mentioned several times, as well as New Zealand and Peter Jackson.

Fairly OddParents

  • In "Wishology", Timmy's second wish "trilogy wish" is The Lord of the Rings. Timmy and Wanda become Frodo and Sam, Cosmo becomes Gollum, and Poof an Elf. The One Ring says "Made in New Zealand".

Family Guy

  • In the episode "Sibling Rivalry", Stewie pushes the kid on the ground and says "Cry, cry like Sauron when he lost his contacts." The scene then shifts to a cutaway showing the Eye of Sauron frantically searching for his lost contact.
  • In the episode "I Take Thee Quagmire", Quagmire falls in love with Joan, the maid. It's his first idea of how love could be, they hold hands as Aragorn and Arwen did in the first film. Joan then speaks faux-Elvish (untranslatable: "Day univen hablendeth hal univen led hansed de-un, Quagmandir"), translated in the subtitles as a paraphrase of Arwen's words in that scene. Quagmire then answers "Denedain raydun habbledeth Mithrandir veon hellmisano", translated as his trademark phrase "Giggity". See on YouTube.
  • In "Petergeist", Chris is thrown from his bedroom window into the clutches of a living tree. The scene eventually parodies the epic confrontation between Gandalf and Durin's Bane when Herbert the Creepy Old Pedophile shows up to save Chris. After uttering the line "You shall not pass!", he breaks open the ground with his walker and fights off the tree, until they fall in a pond.
  • In "Baby Not on Board", Chris and his boss discuss the movies. Among the things mentioned is the age-old "Why didn't the Eagles fly the Ring to Mount Doom?".
  • In the opening sequence of "Road to the Multiverse", Brian is dressed as Frodo, and Stewie as Gollum.
  • In "Tiegs for Two", the lighting of the Beacons-scene is recreated, with very similar music.
  • In "The Dating Game", Quagmire discovers Tinder and becomes addicted to it, which transforms him into Gollum. Quagmire calls the Sun "Yellow Face", like Gollum does in The Two Towers.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

  • In the episode "The Star-Spangled Man", Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson argue about the kind of enemies they fight. Wilson claims they always fight one of the "big three"; androids, aliens and wizards. Barnes jokes if they are fighting Gandalf and boasts that he read The Hobbit when it first came out in 1937.

Father of the Pride

  • Hunter is a fan of The Lord of the Rings.

The Flash

  • In the episode "Welcome to Earth-2", Cisco wears a Mordor t-shirt.

Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends

  • The episode "Duchess of Wails" features a version of the Battle of Helm's Deep, in which the main characters Mac and Bloo attempt to storm Duchess back into Foster's Home. However, those inside refuse to take the obnoxious Duchess back, and fight out a battle. Several elements from Peter Jackson's adaptation are covered, including ladders, battering rams, quotes, and even a character sliding down a wall on a shield.
  • In the episode "Partying is Such Sweet Soiree", a sugar-rushed Mac calls an item of sugar "My Precious", and hisses at sugar free gum.


  • In the season 4 episode "The One Where They're Going to Party!", Ross and Chandler speak about a university friend, called Paul "Gandalf" Ganderson, the Party Wizard. When Joey asks why they call him Gandalf they reply "Didn't you read The Lord of the Rings in high-school?" to which they get "No, I had sex in high-school".
  • In episode 2.19, "The One Where Eddie Won't Go", Monica gets annoyed when Rachel calls her new favourite book, "Be Your Own Wind Keeper", "a little like The Hobbit."

Gilmore Girls

  • The Lord of the Rings is referenced in the episodes "Keg! Max!", "Scene in a Mall", "Swan Song" and "So... Let's Talk", among others.
  • There is a Middle-earth-themed party in "The Hobbit, the Sofa, and Digger Stiles". At the party, a distressed girl (dressed as a Hobbit), asks why only boy hobbits went on the quest to Mount Doom. Lorelai then calms the girl by saying the girl hobbits did an even more dangerous thing - a Brazilian bikini wax.
  • In the episode "Here Comes the Son", two of Sasha's dogs are called Frodo and Legolas.
  • In "Raincoats and Recipes", Lorelai thinks Aragorn would make a good husband.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series

  • In "Love is a Battlefield", after being told by a Manhunter that "no man escapes the Manhunters", Queen Aga'po replies with "I am no man" before taking the Manhunter down.

Grey's Anatomy

  • In "What Is It About Men", one of the guests at a comic convention is dressed as a hobbit.

The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy

  • The episode "Beasts and Barbarians", an overall homage to Dungeons and Dragons, has a Gollum-like creature that riddles with Mandy: "What's black and blue and red all over?", so which Mandy answers "You if you don't give me that Ring, pronto!". The Ring can be used to rule an evil army.
  • The episode "Here Thar Be Dwarves" spoofs the Council of Elrond, and the Elf headquarters is basically Isengard with a large tree rather than a tower.
  • "Complete and Udder Chaos" features several references to the films.
  • In "The Secret Decoder Ring", Billy thinks he is invisible after putting on a decoder ring.


  • The episode 6.17, "Knight Fall", plays partly at a Renaissance fair. House sarcastically refers to it as "Middle-earth" (despite it being a normal fair, not a fantasy one). He refers to Remy Hadley as "Frodo" (who then wonders whether she has short legs or hairy feet) and Chris Taub as "Gollum". Robert Chase has no clue who Frodo is.

Instant Star

  • In "Oh Well, Whatever, Nevermind", Tommy calls Jamie Gollum; Jamie corrects him that his actual nickname is Gandalf.


  • In "Heaven Just Got a Little Bit Smoother", Ravi calls his unrequited crush Peyton "my precious", after which Liv expresses the hope he will not throw her in Mount Doom.
  • In "Wag the Tongue Slowly", Ravi plays Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.
  • "Twenty-Sided, Die" is a Dungeons & Dragons-themed episode, with some references to The Lord of the Rings. Second breakfast is mentioned in sexual foreplay, and Liv refers to her group of friends as "Fellowship of the Dorks".
  • In "My Really Fair Lady", Liv, played by New Zealand actress Rose McIver, pretends to be a New Zealand actress to distract a security guard. She claims she was an Elf extra in the movies.
  • In "Thug Death", Liv describes Ravi's legbreaker-brain inspired personality swings as "the Gollum/Sméagol scene in Two Towers".

The IT Crowd

  • In "The Speech", Douglas calls himself the boss, "Head Honcho. El Numero Uno. Mr. Big. The Godfather. Lord of the Rings. The Bourne... Identity. Er... Taxi Driver. Jaws."
  • In "Jen The Fredo", Moss mishears Roy saying 'Fredo' and instead hears 'Frodo'. His response: "He took the ring to Mordor!"

Just Shoot Me!

The King of Queens

  • In "Shear Torture", Spence (Patton Oswalt) wants to visit Fantasy Fest '05, his friends ridicule him for it. In response, he calls his three pudgy, middle-aged friends "Hobbits".

Legends of Tomorrow

  • A fictionalized version of Tolkien appears in "Fellowship of the Spear", where he is played by Jack Turner. He is a second lieutenant at the Battle of the Somme. The team of main characters seeks him out in 1916 because he wrote a treatise called The Burden of the Purest Heart and they think he can help them destroy the Spear of Destiny. Tolkien uses his knowledge of "Proto-Celtic" to help them locate the grave of Gawain and the blood of Christ, but are forced to flee and he remains behind.
  • Turner as Tolkien appears again in the episode "Aruba", when the Legends travel back to the events of the earlier episode in order to avert subsequent events, surprising Tolkien who sees the present and future counterparts of the Legends together.
  • In the episode "Guest Starring John Noble" the characters are watching The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King when they notice that Denethor's voice is similar to the voice of the villain Mallus (voiced by John Noble); they travel back in New Zealand of 1999, during the filming of the Lord of the Rings trilogy where they meet Noble (played by himself) and provide him with fake scripts (making him complain "You can't do that, mate! It's Tolkien, it's Lord of the Rings!")


  • "Allegory of Love" deals with a fantasy author on the Oxford campus. Tolkien's work (along with Williams' and Lewis') is mentioned several times by Professor Deering (played by James Fox), though he incorrectly pronounces the /ie/ in "Tolkien" as two individual letters. Several other fantasy sites of Oxford are also featured: Wikipedia:Addison's Walk, Blackwell's book store, and The Eagle and Child. The fantasy author, Dorian Chase, is part of a group of writers dubbed "The New Inklings". Hathaway concludes the episode with Hugo Dyson's remark "No more Elves!", paraphrased as "Not more flipping Elves - though he didn't say flipping".

Lizzie McGuire

  • In "Clue-Less", socially awkward Larry Tudgeman tells Veruca he believes he's born in the wrong time period - he would be better at home in the Third Age of Middle-earth.


  • In "Further Instructions", Charlie (Dominic Monaghan) remarks that he heard trees are great conversationalists; this was a deliberate reference to Monaghan's role as Merry opposite Treebeard.

Magnum P.I.

  • In a flashback to the Vietnam War in the episode "Two Birds of a Feather", a signals officer uses the callsigns "Frodo" and "Gandalf".

Married with Children

  • In "God Help Ye Merry Bundymen", Al and Griff are fired on Christmas day. Al then becomes an "Elfineer" - the driver of a toy train for children. Upon seeing him in the ridiculous outfit, Griff remarks that he's one ugly Hobbit.

Midsomer Murders

  • In "Judgement Day" (co-starring a pre-trilogy Orlando Bloom) Barnaby and Troy visit a house called "Lothlorian" (sic). DCI Barnaby mentions that it's from The Lord of the Rings by "J.R." Tolkien. DS Troy admits to not reading it, and never finishing The Hobbit because he doesn't like Dwarves and "Fairies".

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir

  • In "Gorizilla", loyal fan Wayhem tries to keep the titular monster away from Adrien Agreste by shouting "You shall not pass!", to no avail.

My Hero

  • Crazy neighbour Tyler often claims he has fantasy characters, like Gandalf and Frodo, in his apartment.

My Name Is Earl

  • In "Something to Live For", Earl compares a girl to an Uruk.

My Parents Are Aliens

  • In the episode "The Wedding", Josh refers to a wedding ring as "My precious".


  • In episode 4.14, "Security Door", Matthew Brock sings of "Frodo, the paranoid gnome".

The O.C.

  • In "The Day After Tomorrow", Marissa and Summer compare Seth's behaviour to Gollum's. They didn't read the books, but were somewhat forced to watch the movie. They only remembered it as "gay guys on the mountain".

The Office (US series)

  • In "The Alliance", it is revealed that Dwight Schrute's passwords are "Frodo" and "Gollum".
  • In "Business Ethics", Jim has a bet with Dwight, in which Dwight can't take personal breaks or have conversations about anything other than work. To taunt him, Jim and Andy start "discussing" Battlestar Galactica, saying everything wrong on purpose. Summarizing the plot, Jim says: "It's about this guy, Dumbledore Calrissian, who's got to take The Ring back to Mordor."

One Tree Hill

  • In "Pictures of You", Lucas does a Gollum impression.

Codename: Kids Next Door

  • The episode "Operation K.N.O.T." features "Froggy McDougal", a Gollum-lookalike. Froggy is voiced by Dave Wittenberg.

Peep Show

  • In the episode "Chairman Mark", Mark complains about how complicated it is to travel to an industrial estate in Lutterworth remarking it is like getting into Mordor.


  • Shorty the Dwarf frequently yells "You have my axe!".


  • In "Cold Season", Emily puts down Teddy by saying she built him up too much in his head - like she did with The Hobbit. Teddy strives not to be a disappointment by saying "I am not the Hobbit movies".

Red vs. Blue

  • In the season 13 finale, "The End", Doc/O'Malley says "Fly, you fools!" while holding off enemy troops.

Robot Chicken

The Sarah Silverman Program

  • The first episode of the second season, "Bored of the Rings", takes the often used spoof name, but does not contain any references to The Lord of the Rings; instead, the subplot is about Dungeons and Dragons and the complete lack of reality of its players.

Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated

  • In "Wrath of the Krampus", Sheriff Stone compares himself with a "smelly wizard from Center Earth" after he is mystically made older by the episode's villain.
  • In "Aliens Among Us", the flashback shows the Irish thief O'Flaherty breaking into a hobbit-hole.


  • In the episode "My Old Man", Elliott does a Gollum-impression.
  • In "Our Meeting with J.D.", J.D. gives Howie the nickname "Gollum".

Sex and the City

  • In "Splat!", food critic Martin Grable is pejoratively referred to as a Hobbit.

The Simpsons

  • In the episode "Dude, Where's My Ranch", a Gollum-parody called "Cleanie" appears. He is voiced by Andy Serkis.
  • The episode "Rome-Old and Julie-Eh" spoofs the Battle of Pelennor Fields, the Battle of the Hornburg and also contains dialogue from Dáin Ironfoot's encounter with the messenger of Sauron.
  • The Comic Book Guy's comic store has competition from stores called Mylar Baggins in North Haverbrook and Frodo's in Shelbyville.
  • In The Simpsons Game (a video game spin-off of the series), Homer exclaims "My precious!" upon receiving a much desired keycard. The game also features Mobbits, Hobbit parodies.
  • In the episode "That '90s Show", Comic Book Guy tells people The Lord of the Rings can not be made into film. The episode is set in the nineties, but created in 2008.
  • In episode 3 of season 20, "Double, Double, Boy in Trouble", Simon Woosterfield's horse is called Shadowfax.
  • In the episode "Moms I'd Like to Forget", the comic book guy begins his tale with the starting lines of the Silmarillion, quoting the names of Arda and Morgoth.
  • In the episode "Four Regrettings and a Funeral", the couch gag is a parody of The Hobbit film trilogy.

The Sopranos

  • In the episode "Whoever Did This?", Justin Cifaretto is badly injured during a bow and arrow game with a friend, who were reportedly reenacting scenes from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Justin's hospitalization leads to a fight between Justin's father, capo Ralph Cifaretto, and don Tony Soprano, which the former does not survive.

South Park

  • "Nurse Gollum" is a nurse with a conjoined twin fetus on her head.
  • The episode The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers is a completely Tolkien-themed episode.
  • In the episode "Go God Go", the otters prepare for war in a similar fashion as the Rohirrim in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
  • In "Make Love, Not Warcraft", a statuette of Durin's Bane can be seen.
  • The episode 6.14, "The Death Camp of Tolerance" features several references, both to Peter Jackson's films and to The Hobbit (1977 film).
In order to get fired for being gay (and sue the school for millions), Mr. Garrisson stuffs Lemmiwinks the gerbil up his assistant's ass. The gerbil's voyage inside the assistant is accompanied by a variation of "The Greatest Adventure":

A great adventure
Is waiting for you ahead
Hurry onward Lemmiwinks
Or you will soon be dead
The journey before you
May be long and filled with woe
But you must escape the gay man's ass
So your tale can be told.

The song goes on any time Lemmiwinks' journey is told. When the assistant takes a pepto pill, it falls down his throat and plunges into the stomach like Gandalf and the Balrog did in The Two Towers. In the stomach, Lemmiwinks meets the katatafish, who will only let him pass the oesophagus if he solves a riddle. What the riddle is is never shown.

Spaceballs: The Animated Series

  • The episode "Lord of the Onion Rings" spoofs The Lord of the Rings.
  • The titular onion ring was baked in a giant deep fryer, modelled after Barad-dûr. It's in a land called Lardor.
  • Barf (dressed as a hobbit) waits nearby, resting against a tree with a strain of grass in his mouth. When hero Lone Starr arrives, he welcomes him with "You're late".
  • In order to sniff out the Onion Ring (its special power is that its scent can knock out armies), villains President Skroob and Dark Helmet use a replica of Barad-Dûr that has a pink nose rather than a red eye.
  • After putting the Ring in the microwave, Lone Starr tells Barf to touch it - but it's still hot.
  • Though set inside rather than on a patio, the "Council of Yogurt" is clearly modelled after the Council of Elrond. Barf, the "hobbit", volunteers, but only because the rest chickens out. The rest decide to tag along, and Yogurt calls them "The Fellowship of the Onion Ring".
  • Yogurt, a Yoda parody, gives everyone "indecipherable code names". Barf becomes "Barf Baggins". Lone Starr becomes "Lone Starragorn", and princess Vespa "Vesperwen". Yogurt does not give himself a name, but puts on a pointy hat anyway.
  • Skroob then refers to Lone Starragorn as "Lone Starrathorn's heir"
  • Yogurt and "Dark Heluman" discuss the latter's fall from grace.
  • Dot Matrix, a robot, serves as "Galadriot Matrix". Her mirror is filled with oil.
  • On a moonlit hill, Starr speaks to Vespa in an unintelligible gibberish, similar to Elvish. Only it wasn't another language, he was speaking with his mouth full.
  • The team has to cross the treacherous Hot Lard Swamps.
  • Dark Helmet mixes up the terms "Dark Army" and "Orc Army", and created a Dork Army. They birth like the Uruk-Hai in The Fellowship of the Ring.
  • Upon splitting up, Yogurt yells at Barf to keep the Onion ring secret and safe.
  • Barf doubles as Gollum, coveting his "delicious". In the end, he bites off his own finger.
  • Yogurt flies into Lardor on a newly introduced bird to pick up Barf.
  • The bed scene is featured.
  • Lone Starragorn is crowned with a replica of the Crown of Gondor.

SpongeBob SquarePants

  • In the episode "Banned in Bikini Bottom", a banner reads "Keep it Secret, Keep it Safe".
  • "Dunces and Dragons" features references to many fantasy series. The domain of the evil Plankton resembles Mordor, and his fortress Barad-dûr.

Stargate Atlantis

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

  • In the episode "Family Business", the Ferengi are shown to live in Hobbit-like houses. The similarity is probably intentional, considering that the scriptwriters also wrote the book "Legends of the Ferengi" which contains many Lord of the Rings references.

Still Standing

  • In the episode "Still Flunking", Bryan has to climb a wall to pass gym class. When he finally tries it, he says "It's Hobbit time", referring to his less-than-athletic body shape.

Stranger Things

  • Will Byers goes missing on a forested street he and his friends call "Mirkwood". While questioned by the police, his friends argue whether the name appears in the Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit.
  • The password to Will's "secret" cabin is "Radagast".
  • Dustin dubs "Weathertop" the hill where he builds his experimental antenna.
  • Eddie Munson says they are asking him to go into "Mordor" and that the Shire is burning, and Steve Harrington asks what Mordor is.

Superman: The Animated Series

  • In the episode "The Hand of Fate", the wicca character Rainsong is owner of a bookstore called "The Dancing Hobbit".


  • In "Hell House", Harry Spangler exclaims "Sweet Lord of the Rings!" as an expression of surprise.
  • In the episode "Goodbye Stranger", Dean says to Sam that he may not be able to carry his burden but he can carry him. Sam replies that he just quoted The Lord of the Rings.
  • In the episode "Good God, Y'all!" Dean asks Sam 'pit stop at Mt Doom?' after gaining the horseman War's ring.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

  • In the second season episode "Mazes & Mutants", the Turtles play out a Dungeons and Dragons-like game. The episode features multiple references to The Lord of the Rings, including "The Fellowship of Turtles", and Michelangelo refers to his special ring as "precious". Sean Astin stars as Raphael.

Teen Titans Go!

  • In "Cool School", Ravager mockingly calls sorceress Raven Gandalf.

Total Drama

  • During the show's third season, titled "Total Drama World Tour", one of the show's contestants, Ezekiel, was determined to win the $1 million prize despite being eliminated early on. He spends the entire season stowed away in the cargo hold of an aeroplane, causing him to both physically and mentally deteriorate until he adopts a Gollum-like appearance and mannerisms (e.g. discoloured skin, loss of his hair, bad posture, and inability to speak properly). In the season finale, Ezekiel ends up falling into the mouth of an active volcano holding the $1 million prize after snatching it from either the winner or the show's host, depending on the ending. In either scenario, however, he ends up surviving unlike the real Gollum.

Ugly Betty

  • In "Filing for the Enemy", Wilhelmina calls Betty "the One". Betty responds with: "What, like The Lord of the Rings?", referring to the One Ring.


  • The 27th episode, "Lord of the Beans", is a pretty overt parody. The series was created to teach Christian lessons to children; this episode is (quite fitting) about unselfishness.

Voltron: Legendary Defender

  • In the season 6 episode "Monsters & Mana", the Paladins play a Dungeons and Dragons-style game. Shiro's character is introduced in a shady alcove in an inn, much like Aragorn was in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

Viva La Bam

  • In "Community Disservice", Phil says that he had to park by the hobbit-hole. In the next scene there is a picture of a shed named hobbit-hole.

The Venture Bros.

  • In "Self Medication", Hank, Dean and Sergeant Hatred go to a fantasy movie "Rings of the Realm".

Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light

  • This series, which is set in a fantasy world, features several characters named after Arthurian legend - Mortdredd, Merklynn, Ectar - and also one distinctively similar to one from Arda: the main female protagonist, "Galadria", who has the power to heal.

The Walking Dead

  • In the episode "Cherokee Rose", Rick comments that his cousin had to wait in a car for 24 hours and spent the time listening to an audiobook of The Lord of the Rings.

Will & Grace

  • In "Ice Cream Balls", one of Will's clients is a big The Lord of the Rings fan. Will responds that he likes any movie in which "two boys named Merry and Pippin risk their lives for a good piece of jewelry". The client makes various other references to the films - he wants to retire and count his precious money and he wants Jack to be "the Lord of his Ring".


  • In "G is for Garbage", the character Blunk does a Gollum-like "precious" when someone tries to steal a prized piece of garbage from him.


  • Because Jaye lacks hometown pride, Mahandra calls her "a Hobbit that hates the Shire" in episode 6, "Barrel Bear".

The World's Greatest Super Friends

Video games

Assassin's Creed series


  • In the quest "Precious Bonds" the player helps a group of scavengers retrieve a valuable ring that they are obsessed with. Their obsession with the ring mirrors Gollum and the One Ring. A further reference is from the quest title, precious, a word Gollum often uses to refer to the Ring.


  • In the quest "The Ordering of the Kosmos", a Cult Guard greets three Order Representatives saying "You're late". One of the representatives replies "We arrived precisely when we meant to." This is a reference to Frodo and Gandalf's exchange at the beginning of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.


  • In the town of Glowecestre, inside one of the houses is a note and beside it an envelope with a ring on top of it. The note references Bilbo and Gandalf.
    • "One of the little folk asked me to make the door smaller, as he wants to keep unruly houseguests from his house. After the nonsense with the druid last fall. I can see his point."
  • In the world event "Hyrrokin's Gift" the player encounters a dwarf named "Frodri" and you help him destroy a cursed ring. To destroy the ring the player and Frodri have to climb a mountain and throw the ring into the lava. The quest is a reference to Frodo's quest to destroy the Ring in The Lord of the Rings.

DC Universe Online

  • One of the challenge boss Tiger Eye's lines is "Meat is back on the menu," taken from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.


  • When you play the card "Prophet Velen" his summon quote is "Not all who wander are lost", a reference to The Riddle of Strider from The Lord of the Rings
  • The flavour text of the card "Safeguard" reads, "Keep it secret. Keep it safeguarded!". Similar to the line "Keep it secret. Keep it safe" Gandalf says to Frodo in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
  • The summon quote of the card "Shieldbearer" is "You shall not pass!", a line Gandalf says to the Balrog in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
  • When you play the card "Tichondrius" in Battlegrounds his play sound is similar to "ash nazg gimbatul" from the Ring Verse.
  • The flavour text of the card "Eredar Deceptor" reads, "But they were all of them deceived, for another Eredar was made". The line references the prologue of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring where Galadriel says, "But they were all of them deceived, for another ring was made".
  • List of achievements:
    • "The One Ring" - named after Sauron's ring
    • "Return of the King" - named after the third volume of The Lord of the Rings.
    • "What About Sixteenth Breakfast?" - a reference to the line Pippin says in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, "But what about second breakfast?"
    • "One To Twist Them All" - a reference to "One Ring to rule them all" inscription on the One Ring.

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

  • The Dark Brotherhood initiation quest is named "A Knife in the Dark", the same as the chapter in The Fellowship of the Ring.
  • When doing the quest "Unfriendly Competition", the player comes across the book "Macabre Manifest" which contains a list of recently deceased persons in Cyrodil. One of the entries is "Oford Gabings", an anagram of Frodo Baggins and a list of several items that he carried during The Lord of the Rings.
    • "Travel Cloak with Silver and Green Leaf Fastener", "Enchanted Shortsword with Inlaid Writing", "Gold Ring with Inscription (Cursed?)" and "Leather Bound Travel Journal"
  • Havilstein Hoar-Blood has a pet wolf named "Redmaw", which is the direct translation of Carcharoth, the wolf in The Silmarillion.

The Longest Journey

  • In the world of Arcadia, the lair of the Gribbler creature is described as "a cozy hobbit-hole".
  • Still in Arcadia, April can find The Lord of the Rings among the books of Abnaxus' library. She will comment that the classics are common in both worlds.
  • The fifth chapter of the game is titled There and Back Again.

The Pandora Directive

  • When Archie Elis asks Tex Murphy his identity, the player can select among three responses, one being described "Hobbit Humor". Selecting it, Tex says "I am Gandalf, Wielder of the Glamdring and Slayer of the Balrog."

School Days

  • Silmaril is one of the movies Makoto can choose to have he and Kotonoha go to on their date, which, if chosen, strengthens Makoto's relationship with her. During the movie Kotonoha tells Makoto that it is based off a book written by a 19th century professor.

Simon the Sorcerer

Under a Killing Moon (novelization)

  • When Tex Murphy tastes a cigarette he doesn't like, he describes it as "The kind of creation Sauron and his minions worked through the night creating in the foul-stench bowels of ".

Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne

  • Lord Garithos has the quote "Never trust an elf!" said by Gimli inThe Fellowship of the Ring.
  • One of the quotes for the Spell Breaker unit is "I stole your precious."
  • One of Tichondrius quotes is "Ash nath kimbatuul!" a reference to The One Ring's inscription in Black Speech.

World of Warcraft

  • There is an item called "The 1 Ring" that can only be acquired from Fishing. This is a reference to The One Ring being found by Déagol and Sméagol while on a fishing trip.
  • There is a mob named "Gorum" that can be found in Bloodthorn Cave, Shadowmoon Valley. He drops the item "Precious Bloodthorn Loop" which turns the player invisible when used.
  • One of the voice emote jokes for a Human male character is about an idea of a great movie. The plot line is very similar to The Lord of the Rings.
    • "So, I have this idea for a great movie. It's about two gnomes who find a bracelet of power, and they have to take it to the Burning Steppes and cast it into the Cauldron. They form the Brotherhood of the Bracelet. Along the way they're trailed by a murloc named Gottom, who's obsessed with the bracelet, and nine bracelet bogeymen. It could be a three-parter, called 'Ruler of the Bracelet'. The first part would be called 'The Brotherhood of the Bracelet', followed by 'A Couple of Towers', with the climactic ending called 'Hey, the King's Back!'"
  • In Draenor there is a campfire with three ogrons named "Toom", "Bort" and "Wullim". They are guarding a chest which contains 12 "Dwarf Beard Rings" and a "Burglar's Vest".
  • In the Ghostlands there is a quest named "Anok'suten" where you have to kill an elite mob (a spider) and one of the rewards for completing the quest is a one-handed sword named "Stung". This is a reference to Sting from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
  • In Gnomeregan there is a quest you can obtain named "Return of the Ring", a pun on Return of the King.
  • One of the rewards for completing the quest, "Escape from the Winterfin Caverns", is the "Mrgl Blade" a reference to the weapon the Witch-king used to stab Frodo on Weathertop. Note that Aragorn identifies the weapon as "Morgul blade" only in .
  • In the quest "Excuse the Mess" the player must sign the Embassy Visitor Log in Wingrest Embassy. The player is given a list of what they want to write for each column. The middle column asks the player for their arrival time, one of the options to choose is "Precisely when I mean to".
  • In Stormwind City there is an NPC named "Thorfin Stoneshield".

Dungeons and Dragons

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