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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – Thug Notes Summary & Analysis

Hey, get the book, at Sup mah well read ballas? This week we rollin’
9 deep with part 1 of JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings- The Fellowship of the Ring. The story start in the heart of The Shire,
the chillest spot in all Middle Earth-where there be a buncha lil hairy homies called
hobbits who just like to kick back, eat, and get fucked up on the reg. But this day is
special day, cuz we finna celebrate the birthdays of a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins and his lil’
cousin and heir Frodo Baggins. Frodo turnin 33, and Bilbo’s crusty ass turning elevendy-one.
Ugh. You just KNOW this party gonna be throwed as hell, cuz Bilbo’s wizard homeboy Gandalf
from back in his adventurin days gonna drop in to rage wit’ a brutha. Dat dude LOVE to
party. Bilbo decide he gonna be peacin out of da shire
fo’ good, but my man wanna go out like a real gangsta, so at da party, Bilbo stand up to
make a speech, talk a buncha sh*t, then puts on his magic ring he boosted from a nappy
fiend named Gollum back in the day. All a sudden- ZAP, brutha disappear. Bilbo creep
back to his crib where Gandalf there waitin fo his ass. Gandalf be like “bruh you jonezin like
a fiend fo dat ring. You gotta kick da habbit, my hobbit. Leave it behind.” It ain’t easy
fo’ him, in fact, Bilbo actually step up to Gandalf fo a second, but eventually Bilbo
get his sh*t together and leave da ring, and most of his otha swag to Frodo. 17 years later, Gandalf drop in on Frodo and
be like: “Son! dat fine piece of bling you got right there is da RING OF POWER, aka the
master-ring, the One Ring to rule them all.” See way back in the day, a buncha magical
rings were made to serve da big dawgs of Middle Earth, but one was made on the downlow by
the Dark Lord Sauron- and dis ring was so much swoler than the rest dat it made Sauron
da baddest dude in all da land. But when an alliance of Elves and Men started warrin on
his streets, Isildur, son of the king of men, sliced da ring from Saurom’s hand, defeated
him, and kept da ring fo’ hisself instead of destroying it. When some hoods come up
tryna jack Isildur and his crew, the ring falls in a river, and gets scooped up years
later by a lil hobbit-lookin dude named Smeagol. Smeagol slowly rots in to Gollum, and years
later, Bilbo lifts it off dat boi. Anyway, Gandalf tell Frodo dat Sauron’s gunnin’
fo’ him: cuz’ of Gollum, he know bout da ring, da shire, hobbits, and prolly da name Baggins
too. And if he gets dat ring again, ain’t nobody gonna be able to stop him. At first,
Frodo axe Gandalf why they can’t just bust the damn thing up; but turns out da only thing
dat can destroy it now is da fires of Mount Doom. Frodo like “Sh*t man, then you take
it.” But Gandalf like “Nuh-uh, man get dat sh*t outta here. If I take dat ring, it gonna
corrupt my grey ass fo’ real. Frodo. You Gotta bust ass over to Rivendell before The Dark
Lord tear The Shire up lookin’ fo you.” Apparently, Frodo’s gardener Sam been lurkin’ round da
whole time listenin’ in on their convo, so Gandalf decide dat Sam gotta go too. Eventually, Frodo, Sam, and some other hobbit
homies named Merry and Pippin hit the road together, cuz real G’s roll 4 deep. On the
way, they gotta duck the “Nazgul” -a crew of ghostly wraiths who tryna get they hands
on dat ring for Sauron. Later, Frodo’s posse hit up a village called
Bree where they crew up with Aragorn, a Ranger who say he gonna act as da muscle on their
way to Rivendell. They just cruisin’ along when 5 of dem Nazgul
haters come by and one of em shanks Frodo. Aragorn like “Yo. We gotta get Frodo’s white
ass to Rivendell befo’ he turns in to one of deez assholes.” Then NINE of these fuckers
come outta nowhere, but with some help of some elf homies, they shake em off and make
it to Rivendell. Afta’ some rest n’ grub, da top dog Elf-daddy
Elrond calls together a council including Aragorn, Frodo an elf named Legolas, a human
named Boromir, a lil dwarf homie named Gimli and some otha’ folk we don’t give a shit about.
A buncha peeps rock da mic gettin’ all crunk bout the ring of power and stoppin the Dark
Lord, but instead of doin a damn thing, afta’ the meeting erryone just sits on they ass
for a few months. Finally, Elrond throws together 8 peoples
to join Frodo on his journey to Mordor, but they can bounce whenever they want. They’ll
be known all throughout da hood as Da Fellowship of the Ring. As da one who gotta carry da
ring, Frodo got the most dangerous job of all, the dark powers dat bling got lurkin
inside have broken even da hardest o’ thugs. Afta’ dealin with a buncha bullshit, the fellowship
realize they gotta take a detour through da mines of Moria when -AW DAMN- a whole buncha
orcs start swarmin erryone. Then Gandalf go toe to toe with dis big blazin thang called
a Balrog. They brawl so hard dat both of em fall down a big dark hole, and da rest of
the fellowship gotta keep truckin’. After gettin some choice words and swag gifts
from da uptown elves of Lothlorien, Boromir gets all insane in the membrane and tries
to gank the ring from Frodo. Boy gotta put on the ring just to get away from dat hater.
Afta’ dat, Frodo realize he gotta roll solo to Mordor to make sure none of the other homies
in the fellowship get seduced by the ring’s power. But Sam figgers out what Frodo tryn’a
do, joins him, and they start truckin. The Fellowship of the Ring is broken. Man sho ain’t easy bein Frodo. I mean this
lil’ homie was smokin trees and takin it easy one second, and the next thing ya know, a wizard roll up
on him and tell him he gotta save da whole damn world! What are the chances? Like Gandalf
say, it can’t just be chance that make somethin’ like this happen. It’s GOTTA be fate: Gandalf: “there was something else at work, beyond any design of the Ring-maker. I can put it no plainer than by saying that Bilbo was meant to find the Ring, and not by its maker. In which case you also were meant to have it. ” (56) Sometimes fate just rolls up and takes a big
ol sh*t right in yo lap and you ain’t got no choice but to deal just with it. And as much
as Frodo wish he wasn’t comin’ up in a time where dey gotta fight da ultimate evil, Gandalf
drop some real talk on him: we may not be able to change WHAT happens to us, but we
can sho as hell decide HOW we gonna handle it. “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and
so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have
to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.'” (51) Man, when life deal you such a raw hand, brutha
gotta be glad dat he got friends to get his back. Merry, Pippin, and Sam are the realest
boys a hobbit coulda eva’ want. Like Merry say on page 105, they gonna help Frodo carry
dat burden like it was their own. Get high with my hobbits; die with my hobbits. Now even though Frodo leavin’ da hood to get
his adventure on just like Bilbo did, it’s way mo’ serious than jus’ goin there and back
again. Fo’ him it’s not bout getting back to da shire. Shit, he may not even live long
enough to go back. But dat don’t matter. What’s important is but makin’ damn sho da shire
is still there fo’ otha’ homies to enjoy like he did.
“I feel that as long as the Shire lies behind, safe and comfortable, I shall find wandering
more bearable. I shall know that somewhere there is a firm foothold, even if my feet
cannot stand there again.” (62) Even though errybody always raggin on Frodo
fo’ bein a lil bitch, that’s some gangsta shit right thurr. And it’s a good thing dat Frodo packin Watermelon
nuts, cuz he gonna need em to resist the power of the ring: after all, da book’s main jam
is how power can turn a brutha in to a crooked-ass gangsta. Turns out, Sauron and dem Nazgul
playas used to be a regular dudes befo’ they got a sweet taste of dat joose. Even Bilbo- the chillest dude ever- get tainted
by da ring. Fool cain’t help but call it his “precious’- and he’s NOT talkin’ bout the
Thug Notes book. And afta’ Boromir try to cross Frodo in order to get his hands on dat
bling, da message is clear: Power corrupts even the realest homies. It gonna take a damn hero to get dat ring
on lock. In fact, Fellowship gives us two pretty different kinda heros. We got Aragorn,
the badass superhero type. He born from royalty, he know how to boot up like a G, gets all
da bitches, and errybody expectin’ epic things from him. Frodo, on da other hand, is just
a reggular ass dude- or at least, that’s how it seem at first. Frodo get greatness thrust
upon him, and cuz o dat, he able to reveal the courage he got inside. Like Gandalf say:
“Hobbits really are amazing creatures…You can learn all that there is to know about
their ways in a month, and yet after a hundred years they can still surprise you at a pinch.”
(62) Now if you wanna learn more about Middle-Earth
and Bilbo Baggins, click on the ‘one ring to rule them all’ right here to see my episode
of The Hobbit. And for more info on the Thug Notes book, click the link in the description
below. Thanks for watching. Peace.

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100 thoughts on “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – Thug Notes Summary & Analysis

  1. my favorite authors jrr tolkien
    it's just like the way he forms these words that take you to another place, you know?
    you close your eyes as the reader
    and you are the hobbit
    you are the smeagle
    you are the dragon voiced by benedict cumberbatch
    and you get this feeling like this is a place where you could live
    and there's wizards with beards
    there's elijah wood with hairy feet
    and you just feel at home, you know?

  2. I absolutely love that quote by Gandalf of having to decide what to do with the time given to us. Helped me in some binds and rough times. Love the video and hope to see more of these in the future.

  3. Never saw a video of this channel before. Expected to laugh, did not expect a summary as elaborate as this was. Was not dissapointed. Time and effort definitely went into making this video and it shows. Result is very good!

  4. I have to wonder what Mr. Tolkien would think about our speech patterns today, given his philologist (studier of words) status. Would he be interested, upset, apathetic?

  5. Lotr is a white supremacist trilogy so lol, its main theme is arguably the decline of the west via collusion of its evil elements with external (non-white, islamic) forces.

  6. Why the fuck aint' you doin' A series of unfortunate events? If you're a true thug, you should do this depressing piece of literature that was written for a sense of youth. It's a great story about realism and luck. Make it a two parter or something, or even better, a special episode dog.

  7. This is more of a summary of the movie. Merry wasn't with the other hobbits when they had run ins with the black riders.

  8. "The Orcs…it is said that they had no language of their own, but took what they could of other tongues and perverted it to their own liking, yet they made only brutal jargons, scarcely sufficient even for their own needs, unless it were for curses and abuse"

  9. What I really wish now is that Wisecrack would make an episode and simple analyses on the more important parts of the story that happen in the original book, but not in the movie.
    Like their encounter with Farmer Maggot, so we can admire how super chill that dude is. Them meeting Tom Bombadil, so we can ponder exactly who or what this guy is. Their misadventure into the Barrow-downs and encounter with the barrow-wights, where they find their Dunedain knives, which they ironically use against the ring-wraths in the third book and movie.
    Would be one long Thug Notes episode though…

  10. While he kept loyal to the origins his accent made it so much fun! Thanks indeed for making me laugh so much with a content dark as mid night!

  11. Happy Hobbit Homie with Hemorrhoids Hauls ass to kick His Horrible Habit. Just gotta love that Heavenly alliteration.

  12. I feel like one theme Sparky Sweets didn’t mention is the how the power of friendship can help you through even the darkest of times. Think about it, when the fellowship breaks up, they don’t just separate and everyone goes their separate ways. They stay together. Even Merry and Pippin get captured together. The orcs has no need for both the hobbits. A quick search would have told them that neither hobbit had the ring. Then they just need one of those little bloods to bring to Saruman. But they are forced to stay together. Aragon, Legolas and Gimli team up and take on armies together. Sam and Frodo go all the way together. It’s straight up like Tolkien is telling us, even through the darkest of times, no matter what obstacles you face, you need your homies there to get you through it. The fellowship never really broke apart, cause they all stayed together in some way.

  13. In words of Tolkien, Sam was the real hero of the story, he will always protect his friend and fight the darkests if evils he even used the ring but when the time to give it back to frodo came he did without being seduced , but in the other hand Frodo couldnt destroy the ring when the time came, he was seduced too but in the end it was greed that ended the ring when gollum fought frodo for it and bite his finger off in the fight, and while they fought the end of the cliff broke thus killing gollum and destroying the ring

  14. Hi! I love this channel and all the different kind of content y'all put out… I recently started listening to y'alls poscast too… Anyway, to get to the point, I'd love it if you guys would review the book Death and the Penguin, a book originally written in Russian by Andrey Kurkov, and Pedro Páramo, written in Spanish by Juan Rulfo.. best of luck and thanks for your work!!

  15. "Frodo like 'Shit, man! Then you take it', but Gandalf like 'Nuh-uh, man! Get that shit outta here. If I take that ring, it's gonna corrupt my grey ass for real'" LOL

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