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The Lord of the Rings

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The Lord of the Rings is a 1954-1955 high fantasy novel series by J.R.R. Tolkien. It has been adapted into film too, the most famous version being Peter Jackson's adaptation from 2001-2003. Both the original novel and Jackson's film version have been referenced and parodied numerous times on The Simpsons.

References to The Lord of the Rings in The Simpsons[edit]


Picture Season Episode number Episode name Reference
Treehouse of Horror XII Hobbit.png 13 270 "Treehouse of Horror XII" A pipe-smoking Hobbit attends the Gypsy and Leprechaun's wedding.
Cleanie.png 14 309 "Dude, Where's My Ranch?" Cleanie appears and puts some dirty dishes in to a sack, cuddling them saying "Ahh, my precious", like Gollum. Even further, Andy Serkis, who voiced Gollum in the 2001-2003 film trilogy by Peter Jackson, voices Cleanie.
Rome-old and Juli-eh - LOTR montage.png 18 393 "Rome-Old and Juli-Eh" Bart and Lisa build a fort out of cardboard boxes. Later, Raphael comes to ask for the boxes back, but Bart and Lisa refuse, leading to Raphael threatening to come back with others, in a very cliché the Lord of the Rings voice. When Raphael comes back, he is accompanied by an army of delivery people. They them begin war, with The Fields of Pelennor playing as background music (a piece of music from Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy). The battle is a parody of the Battle of the Hornburg from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. As well as a delivery man riding a fell beast (much like a Nazgûl), several remarks are made, mirroring ones made in the film trilogy.
Shadow Knight ep.png 395 "Marge Gamer" Bart's character in Earthland Realms, the Shadow Knight, acts similar to a Nazgûl.
Simpsons Movie LOTR.jpg The Simpsons Movie An orc is among the mob trying to kill the Simpsons.
19 411 "That '90s Show" Set in the 1990s, Comic Book Guy is heard saying: "And that is why The Lord of the Rings can never be filmed".
21 447 "Pranks and Greens" Homer says "You found the precious!", referencing Gollum.
Living tree.png 23 495 "Holidays of Future Passed" The living tree that holds Bart's treehouse resembles an Ent.
Brick Like Me - SpongeBob play sets.png 25 550 "Brick Like Me" Bart's LEGO robot is made partially out of a Hobbit Hole playset.
26 554 "The Wreck of the Relationship" One of the people on Homer's team is named Leg O'Las, a pun on the character Legolas.
28 609 "The Great Phatsby: Part Two" One of the lines of the song "Jazzy James Battle Rap" is "You reached out and stole 'em, like Gollum did precious."
P. Jackson's Overstuffed Hobbit.pngHobbits.png 29 619 "The Serfsons"
Scottuman the White.png 30 643 "Treehouse of Horror XXIX" Scott Muller is credited as "Scottuman The White (Wine Drinker)", a reference to Saruman.


Picture Comic issue Story name Reference
Bart Simpson #30 The Secret Life of Bart Simpson Bart quotes a line from The Lord of the Rings film series and, at the same time, mentions Frodo.
Bart Simpson #51 Bart's Invisible! Comic Book Guy's says about Tashaa at she are the missing key to his happiness much as Sauron's ring was to Frodo's quest.
Ring Around the Simpsons.png Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror #9 Ring Around the Simpsons The whole story focuses on the Simpsons entering Middle Earth.
Peter Jackson CBG.png The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Hoodoo Voodoo Brouhaha Comic Book Guy's Best Costumes Ever - Part 3 Comic Book Guy dressed up as Peter Jackson holding a Lord of the Rings script at Fantasy World-Con 2004.
Shire CBG.png Comic Book Guy dressed up as The Shire at J.R.R. Tolcon 2002.


Picture Game Reference
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The Simpsons Game In the level NeverQuest, Mobbits appear, a parody, in both name and appearance, of Hobbits. Also, after Homer receives the keycard, he says "My precious", again referencing Gollum. Also, two statues are similar to Argonath, the Pillars of the Kings. Plus, a red dragon resembles Smaug.
Bored of the Things.png The Simpsons: Tapped Out A film called Bored of the Things: Extended Cut can be played at the Drive-In Theater, introduced during Treehouse of Horror XXV. The icon for the film is an orange ring.
All-Smelling Tower.png The All-Smelling Tower is a reference to the Eye of Sauron.
Shadow Knight.png The Shadow Knight, which acts similar to a Nazgûl, is a costume for Bart.


Picture Book Reference
The Marge Book One of the movies listed in "Marge Simpson's Sisterhood of DVDs" is the romance film, Lord of the Engagement Rings.
Flanders' Book of Faith Among Ned's non-offensive DVD shelf is a film titled Lord of the Rings and Everything Else.

Common cast members[edit]

Picture Name Role in Lord of the Rings Role on The Simpsons
Andy Serkis.jpg Andy Serkis Played the Gollum in Lord of the Rings. Voiced Cleanie in Dude, Where's My Ranch?.
Ian McKellen.jpg Ian McKellen Played Gandalf in Lord of the Rings. Voiced himself in The Regina Monologues.

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