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Crowning Moment Of Funny in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings

  • This exchange:

Frodo: And now leave me in peace for a bit! I don't want to answer a string of questions while I am eating. I want to think!
Pippin: Good heavens! At breakfast?

  • My favorite is when, after the Sack of Isengard, Gimli asks Merry and Pippin where they came by their food and pipeweed, and Pippin (or maybe it was Merry) says, "One thing you have not come by in your travels is brighter wits...". Well, yeah!
    • Although to be fair, Gimli might be pardoned for thinking there was not much worthwhile loot to be found in a fortress populated by orcs.
    • But then he might also have remembered that their were Dunlending soldiers too and that Saruman at least would hardly have the same culinary tastes as his orcs.
      • You are a bit mistaken, Gimli is not so much wondering where they got food as in (good natured) outrage at how they come to be happily sitting there with all earthly comforts instead of being prisoners:

'And what about your companions? What about Legolas and me?' cried Gimli, unable to contain himself longer. 'You rascals, you woolly-footed and wool-pated truants! A fine hunt you have led us! Two hundred leagues, through fen and forest, battle and death, to rescue you! And here we find you feasting and idling-and smoking! Smoking! Where did you come by the weed, you villains? Hammer and tongs! I am so torn between rage and joy, that if I do not burst. it will be a marvel!'
'You speak for me, Gimli,' laughed Legolas. 'Though I would sooner learn how they came by the wine.'
'One thing you have not found in your hunting, and that's brighter wits,' said Pippin, opening an eye. 'Here you find us sitting on a field of victory, amid the plunder of armies, and you wonder how we came by a few well-earned comforts!' (LotR III ch. 8)

      • After Merry and Pippin tell their story over a quiet smoke amid the wreck of Isengard, we get this gem from Legolas, the only non-smoker in the group:

'I think the mist is clearing, or it would be if you strange people didn't keep wreathing yourself in smoke.'

  • The chapter in which the conspiracy for the other hobbits to follow Frodo was revealed has several. This troper's favorite:

Frodo: 'I shall never believe you are sleeping again, even if you snore, and I shall kick you hard to make sure.'

    • Frodo expects a "masked and sinister figure," and it turns out to be Sam.
      • He looks around expecting the "masked and sinister figure" to appear out of a cupboard, no less.
  • Gimli objects to the Lorien elves' insistence on having him blindfolded, and Legolas says "A plague on dwarves and their stiff necks!" When Aragorn suggests they all go blindfold, so Gimli won't feel so singled out, Legolas complains, at which point Aragorn demonstrates that Can't Argue with Elves was thankfully not a trope yet:

"Now may we cry 'A plague on the stiff necks of elves!"

    • To be fair, Legolas's complaint was actually from Gimli's alternative suggestion, that only Legolas share his fate (which would be a case of being singled out). Aragorn quietly insists on his original suggestion, in order to keep peace in the fellowship.
  • Minas Morgul Orcs have captured Frodo. Not funny. Sam has had to put the Ring on so as to not be found himself. Really not funny. Shagrat and Gorbag, minions with personality, discuss the fact that there's clearly a mighty elven warrior on the loose. Hilarious.
  • "The Stone Troll" and "The Man in the Moon Stayed up too Late"
  • Bilbo at his 111st birthday party: "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve", followed by the audience pausing as they try to work out whether this comes out to a compliment or not.
    • This bored troper worked it out. He's saying "I don't know many of you, I don't even like many of you, but those of you I do like, deserve better"
      • Nah, I figured it was more of "I don't know as many of you as I should, and I like less than half of those I do know because they suck." Like they deserved not to be known or liked by him. Or something. I dunno.
      • Funny, I always interpreted that line as: "I don't know half of you as well as I feel I should, and I don't appreciate some of you anywhere near as much as you deserve." Furthermore, I found that the fact that there were people invited to that particular sub-event of the party that actually had to work out if they were included in the more complimentary portions of said above statement or if they were among the ones that Bilbo knew too well for his tastes and definitely did not deserve to be known better, to be genuinely chuckle-worthy. Of course, we all know the Sackville-Bagginses were among the latter group and only added to fill out the 144.
        • As far as I could tell it was mostly an insult to the Sackville-Bagginses. "I'm not interested in you and all but a few of you suck."
      • It is and insult to the Sackville-Bagginses - in the interpretation above from the bored troper is correct, and both times, the cleverly-worded omission is a slap in the face to them.
      • 'Abridging' that scene is hilarious:

Bilbo: I'm turning eleventy-one today!
Crowd: Yaaaaaaay.
Bilbo: And you're all kinda cool!
Crowd: Yaaaaaaaaay.
Bilbo: I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.

Crowd: *cricket chirp*

    • And I like half and half twice as much as whole milk and half as much as skim.
    • Dividing it out helps HUGELY. "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like" = "I don't know many of you as well as I would like," and "I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve" = "I acknowledge that you are excellent people and I would like to like you better than I do." Pretty easy . . . at least for this troper, who enjoys wordplay greatly.
  • After the heroes have returned home and the Shire has been reclaimed...

And no one was ill, and everyone was pleased, except those who had to mow the grass.

    • And people say LOTR hasn't got funny bits....
  • Frodo asks Gildor (an elf) about Gandalf's lateness:

Gildor: "I do not like this news. That Gandalf should be late, it does not bode well. But it is said: Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger. The choice is yours: to go or to wait."
Frodo: "It is also said: Go not to the elves for counsel, for they will say both no and yes."
Gildor: (laughing) "Is it indeed?"

  • When the Company must carry their boats round some falls Gimli boasts that Dwarves can outlast men. Afterwards as they're sitting around a fire Boromir observes that they are all to tired to continue today 'Except no doubt for our sturdy Dwarf.' Gimli did not answer, he was nodding as he sat.
  • Bilbo leaving a package of spoons for Lobelia Sackville-Baggins, after she stole a bunch of his when everyone thought he was dead.

She took the point at once, but she also took the spoons.

    • Then she tries to get more things off of Frodo after she is furious that he inherited Bag End. Before she left, Frodo checked her and discovered that she was hiding "several small but valuable" items in her umbrella. Later, Frodo assumes that she's returned and is knocking at the door and tells Merry not to answer, only for Gandalf to shout to be let in or he'll knock the door in.
      • Frodo's exact words to Merry are that he is not to let anyone in "even if they bring a battering ram.
      • Another Lobelia moment: after taking the spoons and being caught trying to take other items, she's terribly fed up with Frodo and is trying to come up with a sufficiently devastating insult to leave on. The best she can do is tell Frodo "You're not a Baggins at all you're a... Brandybuck!" Frodo turns to Merry (Brandybuck) and asks Merry what he thought of that insult. Merry's response is "It was a compliment. And so, of course, not true."
  • Gandalf says that if they searched Orthanc, they wouldn't find anything more valuable than what Grima threw out the window (the palantir).

A shrill shriek, suddenly cut off, came from an open window high above.
"It seems that Saruman thinks so too," said Gandalf.

  • The scene in the Houses of Healing, with Gandalf steadily getting more and more frustrated with Ioreth.
  • Bill Ferny's a real jerk. First he rats on the hobbits to the Black Riders, then he capitalizes on the subsequent loss of transportation by selling them a near-useless pony for three times it's worth. And then, when Frodo & Co. are leaving town, he's got the gall to insult them all in public. Bad move, buddy. When he gets to Sam, Sam insults him right back, and then beans him with an apple.

"Waste of a good apple," said Sam, and strode on.

    • And in Ferny's final appearance, when his abused former pony gets his revenge.

"Good job, Bill," said Sam (meaning the pony).

  • After Middle-Earth is saved and our heroes, now some of the most famous and respected people in the world, get back to the Shire, a gang of shirriffs (the closest thing the Shire has to police) tries to arrest them:

'You're arrested for Gate-breaking, and Tearing up of Rules, and Assaulting Gate-Keepers, and Trespassing, and Sleeping in Shire-buildings without Leave, and Bribing Guards with Food.'
'And what else?' said Frodo.
'That'll do to go on with.' said the Shirriff-leader.
'I can add some more, if you'd like it,' said Sam, 'Calling your Chief Names, Wishing to punch his Pimply Face, and Thinking you Shirriffs look a lot of Tom-fools.'

    • The whole Scouring of the Shire is brilliant! I personally love the bit where Rosie calls out Sam for following Mr. Frodo all around the world then "leaving just as things get dangerous." Sam just leaves rather than try to explain.
  • Frodo and his friends eat one last meal before leaving Bag-End... then leave the dirty dishes for Lobelia.
    • On that note, Sam 'saying goodbye' to the beer barrel in the cellar.
  • Gandalf recounting his visit to the innkeeper of the Prancing Pony, Barliman Butterbur, after Frodo and crew left, Gandalf saying Strider's name in joy and Butterbur mistaking his joy for fear, and Gandalf's response:

"Ass! Fool! Thrice worthy and beloved Barliman! It's the best news I have had since midsummer: it's worth a gold piece at the least. May your beer be laid under an enchantment of surpassing excellence for seven years!"

    • Not to mention Barliman Butterbur's call back, saying to Gandalf:

"[My beer] has been uncommon good, since you ... put a good word on it"

  • The Fellowship tries repeatedly and without much success to start a fire on Caradhras, until Gandalf gets impatient and starts one by magic. He then says: "Well, now I at least am revealed to the enemy. I have written 'Gandalf is here!' in signs that all can read from Rivendell to the mouths of Anduin."
  • Aragorn gets one in the Return of the King. When Merry asks him for pipeweed, Aragorn says he will need to ask the Herb Master at the Houses of Healing, saying "he will tell you that he did not know that the herb you desire had any virtues, but it is called westmansweed by the vulgar, and galenas by the noble, and other names in other tongues more learned, and after adding a few half-forgotten rhymes that he does not understand, he will regretfully inform you that there is none in the House, and he will leave you to reflect on the history of tongues." The Herb Master had of course just done this to Aragorn, who needed a herb to save dying patients.
    • The entire scene is made even funnier when Aragorn leaves and Pippin laughingly reveals that Merry's pack, containing his stack of pipeweed, was right by the bed the entire time, and Aragorn knew perfectly well where it was even when ranting about the Herb Master.
  • "You have put your foot in it. Or, should I say, your finger!" Makes me crack up every time, even though the scene is actually pretty serious.
  • Bregalad/ Quickbeam the Ent, who said yes to an elder before he had finished his question.
  • Smeagol and Samwise discuss the fine art of cooking:

Sam: "...Fish and chips, served by S. Gamgee. You couldn't say no to that."
Smeagol: "Yes we could! Spoiling nice fissh, burning it! Give us fissh now, and keep nassty chips!"
Sam: "You're hopeless!"

  • Pippin's song "Sing hey for the bath at the end of the day", and him proceeding to flood the bathroom at Crickhollow.

Crowning Moment Of Funny in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings films

  • Early on in The Fellowship of the Ring, Gandalf drives by a small crowd of children begging for a display of fireworks. He complies; the children cheer, and an old hobbit who was watching indulges in a chuckle, but on seeing his wife, hastily adopts a face of disapproval to match hers.
  • It probably varies from troper to troper, but this one thinks the funniest scene in Lord of the Rings is when Gandalf gets absolutely fed up with Denethor and cuts his Doom and Gloom rant short by beating the guy up with his staff.
  • From the first film, when Elrond declares, "You shall be the Fellowship of the Ring!" and the music swells heroically...

Pippin: Great! Where are we going?

    • The moment is even better on the original DVD release: the first segment of the movie cuts right there.
    • This troper finds the line in the book better. Sam says to Frodo "Well, a great pickle we're in now."
    • Also the look on Elrond's face when Merry and Pippin crash the council. You half expect him to call for a hobbit-wrangler...or an exterminator.
    • Just before that, this dialogue, when Sam crashes it himself.

Sam: Mr. Frodo's not going anywhere without me!
Elrond: No, indeed, it is hardly possible to separate you, even when he is summoned to a secret Council and you are not.

    • And then when the Fellowship makes its Heroic Exit, Frodo has to desperately whisper to Gandalf, asking which way he's supposed to turn after passing through the gate.
    • And Pippin possibly introducing Middle Earth to Buffy-Speak:

Pippin: You need people of intelligence on this sort of
Merry: Well, that rules you out, Pip.

  • "That still only counts as one!"
    • The deleted scene showing the result of their bet during The Two Towers. Legolas:42, Gimli:43...then Legolas shoots Gimli's last kill.

Gimli: He was already dead!
Legolas: He was twitching!
Gimli: He was twitching? Cause he's got my axe embedded in his nervous system!

      • Punctuating the last while jerking the axe inducing more twitching.
  • There's the scene with Gandalf stalking up to Theoden, while in the background, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli bat guards out of the way.
    • The highlight of that part for this troper is, while Legolas and Aragorn are punching and tripping the guards, Gimli seems to be just ramming head first into people.
  • Also, the Drinking Game between Legolas and Gimli.

Legolas: I feel something. A slight tingling in my fingers. I think it's affecting me!
Gimli: (very drunk) What'd I say? He can't hold his liquor! (passes out)
Legolas: (short pause) Game over.

    • Completely unfair, by the way. Gimli had a pile of tankards in front of him, and Legolas seemed to be on his first. And yet they try to make it look like a win for team Elf.
      • Well, they are just better, you know.
        • They both had copious amounts of tankards in front of them, Legolas just hadn't piled his as high, choosing to set them on the table instead of in a stack.
        • Indeed, Legolas drank at least 9 tankards. However, from the pile in front of him, Gimli seems to have drunk at least half again that. Still manages to go against your expectations from an elf, though.

Gimli: Here's ta dwarves that go swimmin'... with little hairy women! Heh heh heh!

  • I'm surprised no one mentioned this part in the second movie:

Gimli: What's happening out there?
Legolas: Shall I describe it to you, or would you like me to find you a box?

    • There's then a pause, and Gimli actually laughs instead of getting angry, making this also something of a CMOH.
  • The discussion of Dwarf women.
  • Anything involving "tossing the Dwarf".
    • "NOT THE BEARD!"
    • "...Don't tell the elf."
    • Similarly, "Well, this is a thing unheard of! An elf will go underground, where a dwarf dare not? Oh. Oh, I'd never hear the end of it!"
  • For this troper, being with knowledge of the books, Denethor's death scene was Narm to the 10th power. A very old man, on fire, sprinting the length of a football field to just drop off like a flaming meteor... Hilarious.
  • "That doesn't make much sense to me. But then you are very small."
  • The commentaries are also full of these.
    • The cast commentaries have Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan snarking at everything. The high points are their account of a game of "Tig" that they got Elijah Wood involved in during Fellowship, and a long string of mocking directed at the Orc helmets that Frodo and Sam wear in Return of the King.

"Those were the only helmets available because the orcs all said " 'I'm not wearing that! I'll look like an idiot!'"

    • "We're just standing by...standerbys? Stand-by-ees?"
    • Billy Boyd does try to be serious at one point during the "Two Towers" commentary, but is cut off by Dominic Monaghan loudly chewing in the background...
    • The drama of the Battle of Pelenor Fields is completely ruined by Gollum and Smeagol's commentary.

Gollum: Not many people know this.
Smeagol: Know what, precious?
Gollum: The voice of the Witch King was done by Andy Serkis.

Smeagol: I didn't know that!

Gollum: Yes, he kept very quiet about it.

    • Bernard Hill gets his own bits of funny on the commentary, especially during the Pellenor Fields battle.

(As Theoden watches the approaching oliphaunts in shock) Oh, now, what's this? What...the f'...are these?
(As Aragorn charges into battle with the Army of the Dead) Oh, you're full of confidence, aren't you, Aragorn? An army of invincible dead guys right behind you...

    • When Arwen first appears glowing. They comment that Liv Tyler had been doing that since she got off the plane in New Zealand and admired her commitment to the character. All completely deadpan.
    • In the second movie during the pan shot over ranks of orcs marching over a bridge, they remark at how difficult it was for Peter Jackson to train the thousands of tiny ants he needed for that shot.
    • The behind the scenes footage also contains some real gems. For example, during the filming of the Siege of Minas Tirith, Ian McKellen in-between takes lectures one of the extras on the importance of shooting the trolls pushing the siege-towers, rather than the siege-towers themselves. The deadpan delivery of the lines is just hysterical. Shortly thereafter, we get another humerous moment where Ian messes up his lines:

Gandalf: Stand to your terror! No, stand to your post! Oh, dear, oh, dear.

  • From the first movie, there's a great story about Dominic getting a splinter and acting like his foot got cut off. There's also the account of how Buckleberry Ferry sank between takes.
    • This is made even funnier because its intercut with commentaries by John Rhys-Davies and Christopher Lee, recorded separately and sounding like distinguished elder statesmen, talking about how wonderful it was to nurture these young actors and how deep and affecting Tolkien's mythology is, respectively.
    • However, it's also a sort of Funny Aneurysm Moment. One of the locations (where Sam swims out to accompany Frodo in the boat) they had divers going into the river to pick up anything that might hurt the actors. They missed a shard of glass, causing Sam's actor to get impaled through the foot.
    • The director/writer commentaries have the Running Gag of the 20th Anniversary Edition, in which Peter Jackson intends to go back and reinsert everything that he couldn't originally get into the movies, as well as an account of his plan to give Treebeard his own spinoff detective show.
      • "He solves crimes........very slowly"
    • Phillipa Boyens brings up an outtake where Ian McKellen botched his line "Spies of Saruman" as "Spies of Star Wars," presumably said in the same dead serious tone.
  • "I have the eyes of a hawk and the ears of a fox..." (turns to come face to face with a bow with arrow drawn)
    • "The dwarf breathes so loud we could have shot him in the dark."
  • Encountering Treebeard, Pippin telling Merry "Don't talk to it. Don't encourage it."
  • Gollum's "Smeagol wouldn't hurt a fly" thing where he smacks his palm against his hand, accidentally killing a fly, and making a hilarious cry.
  • "My point is, he's clearly overreacting."
  • The scene where the whole party is struggling through waist-deep snow while Legolas just calmly walks along the top of it.
  • How have we missed Merry and Pippin's first scene, the one with the firework! "You were supposed to stick it in the ground!" "It is in the ground!" "OUTSIDE!" "This was your idea!" ...And then it explodes.
    • Remember, kids: When all else fails? Blame the other guy.
    • Made even more hilarious by the fact that Billy Boyd really did scream when the firework goes off. Yes, the scream in the movie really is Billy.
      • Also, while he's a little hard to understand when he says it, he also claims to have pissed himself, earning the nickname "Pissylegs" from Dominic. Also:

"And that is Billy shrieking like a girl."

  • For me it was the backstage occurrence with Sam and at his wedding, but Sean Astin can't quite get it right when it comes to kissing the bride. Viggo Mortensen and Billy Boyd watch nearby to cheer them on, and to motivate them, Viggo plants one on Billy.
    • Did you mean when he catches the bouquet and then grins goofily at the attractive girl next to him?
      • That was shot in a different take. In the take where we see Sam and Rosey they weren't in front of a crowd of hobbit actors, but a camera crew and few actors with free time in their hands, including Viggo and Billy.
  • No, I'm sorry, there is nothing—NOTHING—funnier in the world than Dom Monaghan's prank interview on Elijah Wood, where he pretends to be a ridiculous German interviewer asking him increasingly inane questions. This troper positively cries with laughter every single time.

Dom ("Hans Jensen"): Do you play football? Do you kick balls? ( Elijah laughs hysterically)

Gandalf: Orcs! And so far from Auckland!

    • From the same blooper reel...

Samwise: I haven't been dropping no eaves sir, honest! I just wanted to come in and try to get a bit of a close-up! You've had one and Frodo's had one and I've been in nothing but group shots!
Gandalf: *pushes his way into view* No, no no no! We cannot have that! It's too late! *pushes Sam off the table*

  • On filming with the Treebeard puppet:

Billy Boyd: We were sitting in backwards bicycle seats, and for this Weta decided to find the most uncomfortable bicycle seats in New Zealand.

Dom Monaghan: Yes, I don't think the people at Weta had any idea about men having testicles, and by the end of that I didn't either.

  • During the filming of the last stand at the Black Gate(s), which was on a New Zealand army bombing range:

Viggo Mortenson (I think) imitating an ANZAC soldier: "This is a bomb; this is a mine; if you see something do not touch it." Meanwhile, other cast and crew members are idly picking up souvenirs...
(can't remember): [The army] told us not to go across the line. I asked, 'is it safer on our side of the line?' and they said 'there's a less likely chance of death on this side.

    • It was Karl Urban (Eomer), not Viggo; Viggo wasn't a part of the cast commentaries.
  • Then there is the moment in the second movie where Aragorn kicks an orc helmet and screams loud after being led to believe Merry and Pippin was dead. A serious moment under normal circumstances, if you don't take in account that Viggo Mortensen actually broke his foot during that shot. The scream is so realistic because he screamed out of actual physical pain rather than the emotional response of the character. The fact that it made the best shot of the scene makes this troper crack up every single time.
  • The discussion of how Peter Jackson loves how boring Treebeard is and wanted to play it up as much as possible, only for veteran editor Mike Hornton to have to keep reining him in, reminding him that they shouldn't want the audience to be bored.
  • Gimli tells Legolas to fire a warning shot to Sauron's pirate reinforcements, then nudges the bow so he nails one of them dead center in the chest. Made better by a Casting Gag: the pirates were all played by the production staff, and Peter Jackson was the one who got killed.
  • "It's a bit tight across the chest!"
  • "If it's luck you live by, let's hope it lasts the night." "Your friends are with you, Aragorn." "Let's hope they last the night."
  • This Troper spent the best part of an evening crying and killing herself over Billy Boyd's commentary at the end of Return of the King, where he suggests things Pippin could have whispered to Frodo as they said goodbye.

"One of your hairs is in my mouth."
"Who's moving into Bag End?"
"Does this mean I can have your bike?"

  • This little gem from an otherwise very serious moment in the first film when Pippin and Merry distract the orcs from Frodo by acting as live bait:

Pippin: (happily) It's working!
Merry: I know it's working. Run.

  • "What about second breakfast?"
  • One from the end of the first movie.

Frodo: I'm going to Mordor alone!
Sam: 'Course you are! And I'm coming with you!

  • And who could forget PO-TAY-TOES!

"Boil 'em, mash 'em, stick 'em in a stew!"

  • Completely and totally inappropriate part to laugh at, but I can't help it as I always have flashbacks to Star Wars

Eowyn: I'm going to save you!
Theoden: You already have.

  • There's one blooper clip where the camera crew is on the Bag End set, and after being spoken to by one guy, they all stand up in unison and bump their heads on the ceiling, all falling to the floor afterwards.
  • I am dismayed that there has yet to be a mention of "I ain't been droppin' no eaves Sir, honest! I was just the cutting grass under the window there!" Has me in stitches every time.
    • Also the blooper of this scene, wherein Sean Astin answers Gandalf's accusation with: "I ain't been droppin' no eaves sir, honest!I just wanted a little bit of a close-up there, because you know you've got one and Frodo's got one and I've been in nothing but group shots so far and I just wanted to be a part of this movie and AAAAAAAAHHHH!!!" (Gandalf knocks him off the desk)
    • And Ian McKellen blocks the entire shot with his head, saying "No! No! Too late!"
  • Eomer telling Gimli "I would cut off your head, Dwarf, if it stood but a little higher from the ground." This is undercut, though, by Legolas' immediate CMOA response ("You would die before your stroke fell!")
  • After several hours of deliberation amongst the Ents when presented with news of war:

Treebeard: "The entmoot has decided that you (Merry & Pippin)... are not orcs". (Ents nod very cheerfully)
Pippin: "Well, that's good news."

  • An exchange that This Troper and his friends now use every time we go the pub:

Pippin: "What's that?"
Merry: "This, my friend, is a pint."
Pippin: "It comes in pints?! I'm getting one!"

    • In that same scene, when Pippin is blabbing about Frodo's real identity, he's going into lavish detail about exactly how he's related to Frodo, taking his listeners through the finer points of hobbit genealogy. It's very very short, but a Genius Bonus as well, because hobbits adore studying family trees.
  • "The salted pork is particularly good."
  • Gimli's quote during the planning for the Battle of the Black Gates:

"Certainty of death. Small chance of success. What are we waiting for?"

  • Saruman reaching over to keep Wormtongue from holding a candle over a pot of gunpowder.
  • This troper can't have been the only one to find, at the end of ROTK after Frodo has destroyed the ring, Sam's crying about how he would have married Rosie hilarious. The moment isn't meant to be quite tragic but the one detail he puts emphasis on is that she was wearing ribbons in her hair the last time he saw her.
  • Gandalf warns Pippin about all the things he shouldn't bring up in front of Denethor...and finally decides that it would be best if he just didn't say anything.
  • Gimli versus Wargs. Kills one and it falls on top of him. While trying to lift the warg off an orc pokes its head up and he kills it, adding to the pile. Cue the second warg, a look of absolute Oh Crap from Gimli... and Aragorn kills it, plunging another massive heavy body on top of Gimli.
  • During the Battle of Isengard when the water is dousing the fires, there is a wide shot of the scene. Look in the bottom left corner of the shot. There is an Ent dousing the fire on his head. I don't know why, but this particular scene always has me in stitches.
  • In Fellowship, when the orcs are coming for them in the Mines of Moria, Boromir's irritated, utterly deadpan mutter of "They have a cave-troll" gets me every time. It's not an Oh Crap moment, it's more like "Well, dammit."
  • In their commentary, a member of the design team says his personal CMOF is the line "Looks like meat's back on the menu, boys!", due to the Fridge Logic that it implies the Uruk-Hai go to restaurants, if they know what a menu is.
  • The computer software used to animate tens of thousands of soldiers and run complex strategies with them... made an entire army run away. For some reason, this is freaking hysterical.
    • This goes double for nearly the entire making of Gollum section. From Sean Austin describing Serkis as playing a "weird guy in a suit" to all the technical goofs with rendering Gollum's appearance (one prime example was him having purple spiky hair).
  • Gollum shrieking and wailing over Sam making a stew out of the rabbit he caught, complete with the immortal line, "Stupid fat hobbit!"
    • Particularly as Sam only takes offense at "fat."
  • There is a Funny Background Event during the Battle of the Pelennor Fields (that could also count as a CMOA): The ghost army attacks one of those enormous and very tough oliphaunts like a swarm of ants - and brings it down within one second!
  • Aragorn making a 'bitch, please' face at Mouth of Sauron. Made funnier by the fact that it's a very serious scene.
  • The cast way of greeting each other. According to Orlando Bloom, it was like this: 1) Grasp their head. 2) Tell them somthing nice. 3) Smash your head against theirs.

Elijah Wood: It's spontaneous, violent love...

  • The orcs and uruks brawl over Frodo's mithril shirt in Return of the King. One of them got drop-kicked out a window.

Crowning Moment Of Funny in The Lord of the Rings Online

  • A number of NPC interactions are quite funny. One of them involves a couple of hobbits who were trying to push a wagon down a hill. They lost control of the wagon, and one of the hobbits ended up stuck in a hedgerow, with only his feet visible.
    • During some of the in-game festivals, there is a maze open with a number of quests inside. One questgiver, an elf, asks you to find her friends who got lost in the maze. That's not the funny part. The funny part is that another questgiver, a dwarf, asks you to set up fake signs, leading the elves in the wrong direction.
  • One quest allows you to watch as the fellowship departs from Rivendell. Just seconds after they start walking, we get this exchange:

Pippin: Merry?
Merry: Yes, Pippin?
Pippin: I'm hungry.

Ashûrz the Great Goblin: Madness? Madness? You fool! This is Goblin-town!

Crowning Moment Of Funny in Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings

  • The Balrog. Dear God, the Balrog. When this troper first watched it, I had to actually pause the DVD when the Balrog first showed up in order to stop laughing long enough to pay attention to what was happening.
  • The infamous Sam hugs Frodo at the campfire moment.
  • The gem of Saruman of Many Colors.
  • Frodo's infamous Aside Glance.