Genius Meme Perfectly Nails LotR's Biggest Problem In A Nutshell

Genius Meme Perfectly Nails LotR's Biggest Problem In A Nutshell
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Who cares about the Eagles who could've taken the ring to Mordor at this point?

The Lord of the Rings fans can't stop asking why wouldn't Gandalf simply send hobbits to Mordor on the Great Eagles instead of pushing them into a journey full of dangers and deaths.

But it turns out that it isn't even the only plot hole in the story — and to understand that, you only need one Twitter meme.

"It's taken me ages to realise, but if Frodo had led a chicken along on a bit of string, and made the chicken carry the ring all the way, no risk of Frodo turning evil. Sure the chicken might turn nasty but realistically how much damage to middle earth can one evil chicken cause," said Twitter user AndyRileyish... basically ruining The Lord of the Rings for a lot of people.

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The fact that Frodo needs to go on a dangerous journey across Middle-earth and encounter so many dangers — including the danger of turning evil under the influence of the ring — has been a huge problem for John R.R. Tolkien's universe, to say the least. From the infamous "why not the Eagles" theory to the evil chicken plan, it looks like the Fellowship of the Ring, in fact, had many ways to deal with the issue of the ring delivery without having to endanger two small hobbits and have many allies killed.

While the chicken idea seems like a joke, it does actually summarize the Lord of the Rings' biggest issue: that all the inconsistencies and dangers are just there so the story could happen.

However, if one wants to argue with the evil chicken plan, there is always room for potential problems.

"But when the string breaks, you have an invisible chicken to catch," Twitter user ChrisNJWilliams noted.

Besides, there were plenty of occasions when the hobbits ran out of food, so they might have ended up cooking the poor chicken and then having to move on with the ring on their own hands.

Still, the fact that one meme offers a better solution to the story's main problem than the books and the movies did is quite telling for The Lord of the Rings.

"This is exactly right – the "Eagle get-out clause" is really lame story telling and, like "we think they're dead but they're not" the Prof can't resist using it again, and again, and again," Twitter user mrsnodes said.

Looks like The Lord of the Rings just had to make things extremely complicated — but let's be honest, that might also be why we love the story so much.