One Does Not Simply Walk into Mordor

Meaning

What does One Does Not Simply Walk into Mordor mean?

One does not simply walk into Mordor: Most people are familiar with the phrase, coming from Peter Jackson’s visualization of J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings.

“One does not simply walk into Mordor” has been used as an image macro, leading to the creation of an armada of memes.

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Origin

What's the origin of One Does Not Simply Walk into Mordor?

The quote is heard in the first film of the trilogy; The Fellowship of the Ring, which premiered in the United States on December 13th, 2001.

The line was said by Boromir, in the house of Elrond (played by Sean Bean and Hugo Weaving respectively) as a remark to taking the One Ring to Mordor.

It has spread wide across the internet, since the movie premiered and became an iconic phrase.

Spread & Usage

How did One Does Not Simply Walk into Mordor spread?

Various memes were created, the most common being the ones that replace either the words “walk” or “Mordor” in the quote.

The meme was present on the internet at least since 2004, on YTMND and had spread to every corner of the web, even loosely related to memes, from Tumblr, Reddit and Facebook to 9GAG.

Even Google Maps wrote a warning that “One does not simply walk into Mordor” to a walking route between locations called The Shire in Wisconsin and Mordor in Illinois.

The meme even appeared on the TV series, Gravity Falls in 2015

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