One does not simply walk into Mordor

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Jul 11 21:31:55 UTC 2013

On Jul 11, 2013, at 4:52 PM, Benjamin Barrett wrote:

> One of the most memorable lines in the Lord of the Rings, this was said by Sean Bean (
> This has taken off as a meme as can be seen at It's also a snowclone, using the first half as in "One does not simply make a few piece of bacon."
> I'm probably behind the ball, but you can even toss your own phrases onto Sean Bean at, along with lots of other images and phrases.
> Google Maps has evidently also gotten into the act, using that phrase if you try to get directions from the Shire to Mordor (, though when I try it, I get directions to Mordor Tattoo.
And leaving from The Shire in Chehalis, WA (to Mordor Tattoo in Arlington, WA--a tiring walk as well as a dangerous one.

I see the Google Map directions to Shanghai (involving kayaking from Seattle to Shanghai by way of Hawaii) and to Europe (from a pier in Boston Harbor by rowboat, if memory serves) have been pulled--now you can't get there from here.  Of course I could be missing a travel connection.


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