r/lotrmemes Oct 01 '22 Silver 2 Ugluk 1

EXCLUSIVE! First look at Baby Balrog from Rings of Power season finale!

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9.1k Upvotes

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u/ChasingPesmerga Sleepless Dead Oct 01 '22

“Go back to your crib!”

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u/Tilt-a-Whirl98 Oct 01 '22

"Back to the shadows! Back to nap nap time!"

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u/Baby-Balrog Oct 01 '22

My god, I'm hideous

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u/totallynotdrowcleric Oct 01 '22

I think it's an ugly cute. My dnd character would adopt it.

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u/KelsierMistblessed Oct 02 '22

*every dnd character

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u/Squishyballhead Oct 01 '22

*patting it on the head*

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u/cursed_aquaman115 Oct 01 '22

Thats actually super well done

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u/Loud-Item-1243 Oct 01 '22

I was hoping for baby grond with the battering ram last ep

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u/DurinsFolk Oct 01 '22 edited Oct 02 '22

Please stop

Edit: til autistic redditors do not recognize banter

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u/wafflezcol Oct 01 '22

Cry about it

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u/DurinsFolk Oct 02 '22

It was a joke lol

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u/Hir0Brotagonist Oct 01 '22

Please clap

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u/DurinsFolk Oct 02 '22

It was a joke

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u/Hir0Brotagonist Oct 02 '22

what's taters, precious?

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u/Traditional-War7157 Oct 01 '22

Eat an entire block of cheese

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u/alihou Oct 01 '22

Next season, Halbrand will be traveling with Baby Balrog in the Southlands and get into all sorts of trouble.

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u/DavidsGoliath Oct 01 '22

Seriously though, it’s going to be so fucking funny if they marketed the show with all this balrog footage and the only one we got was the bullshit story of the origin of Mithril.

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u/MRichardTRM Oct 01 '22

It makes sense, if they follow the books then this tv show takes place way too early for us to see the fall of Moria. But that’s if they don’t decide to just do it anyway

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u/NorthernMarlin Oct 01 '22 edited Oct 01 '22

Since Elendil in the show is alive for stuff like the forging of the rings of power that I'm pretty sure happened 1700 years before his birth in the books, I think they've committed to compressing the entire 2nd Age into a few centuries.

The Numenorians had already been corrupted and ruled Middle Earth with an iron fist for hundreds of years by the time of Elendil and the fall of Numenor.

So, since Halbrand is definitely going to be given a ring and end up as a Nazgul, probably the Witch King, that means that Galadriel, Elendil, and the Witch King were all bros back in the 2nd Age, and nobody ever mentions this to or around anyone in the Fellowship. And I find that very funny.

Edit: And all three of them met the first orc that one time. He was much more charismatic than his offspring.

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u/TrimtabCatalyst Oct 01 '22

I think they've committed to compressing the entire 2nd Age into a few centuries.

Decades, not centuries. And even that truncated timeline is horribly out of order.

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u/NorthernMarlin Oct 01 '22 edited Oct 01 '22

Yeah, I only said centuries because the show so far has depicted the end of the First Age as being a few hundred years before the current events. But, since seemingly nothing worth mentioning onscreen actually happened in that time, yeah, decades.

Don't get me started on mithril. It's been years since the last time I read the Silmarillion, but didn't they use the shit out of mithril in the First Age? If memory serves, Vingilot was remade from mithril when Earendil went to space. So now a major plot point is the elves finding out about a thing that they've had and used for thousands of years already.

Edit: Ok, so Tolkien was never conclusive about the origin of Mithril, and Moria is supposed to be it's only source in Middle Earth, but it was implied that it existed in Numenor and Valinor as well.

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u/DavidsGoliath Oct 01 '22 edited Oct 01 '22

Also, can I just say that they made a rather poor choice of adapting the second age; at least in the way they have approached it.

For instance we are told, non stop, that Sauron is the bad guy they need to find. Considering Lord of the Rings is on Star Wars pop culture level, it’s safe to say that nearly everyone watching the show knows about and knows how Lord of the Rings ends. So choosing this era means jack shit for real consequences as we know, even without knowing the books history, that Sauron escapes or wins and isn’t truly banished till Frodo destroys the ring.

The issue to me, is that they choose the time period where Sauron really isn’t the focus, and the after effects of Morgoth very strongly are. So far in this show, they’ve mentioned Morgoth and the war of wrath as often, if not more often, than Sauron.

They also make it abundantly clear that Sauron is just the servant of the real big bad, Morgoth. It’s like if we spent a show set AFTER Avengers: Endgame, that follows people trying to find Loki, while knowing all the while that Thanos is the real big bad, and it’s already over.

I think it would have been a real hell of a challenge to cover the first age; there’s a lot of mysticism, and esoteric concepts. But I honestly feel that the first age, the deception, capture, punishment, release, and eventual downfall of Morgoth, really could work as a tight, three season, show.

If Sandman and Eternals can be adapted, I honestly feel there’s a way forward to make the first age, if not the War of Wrath.

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u/NorthernMarlin Oct 01 '22

I think they should just pick one story and a few characters, and work with that. This show makes Middle Earth feel so small because everything that happens is so big. It's the same problem Star Wars has now, it feels like every important thing that has ever happened in this universe has happened to, around, or because of the same handful of people, and has involved people in black cloaks building a really big laser every single time.

And RoP has already got late-GoT teleportation happening.

I would gladly watch a show that was just about Elrond and Durin. Their segments seem like a completely different, better show from everything else. They're charming, funny, endearing, and emotionally resonant.

I feel like there is an alternate-universe version of this show that is just about Elrond, Celebrimbor, Durin, and the Harfoots that is one of the best shows on TV.

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u/MadManMax55 Oct 01 '22 edited Oct 01 '22

That's a lot of words to say you don't like prequels.

The entire appeal of a traditional prequel is to so how the characters we liked in the original ended up who/where they were at the beginning of the original. Knowing how things end up before the movie/show/book even starts is half the point.

Setting a show during the 1st age would be so far removed from the LoTR books and movies that in Hollywood it qualifies more as a "side story" set in the same fictional universe. And like you said, the first age is so radically different a setting than the third or even second ages that it barely counts as the same universe.

I'd love to see a first age show, and I'm sure there are a few diehard Tolkien nerds who would too. But if your arguing about which story would work better with general audiences then the current show is 100% the safer bet.

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u/d22ontour Oct 01 '22

Nice read, not too sure about frodo destroying the ring though.

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u/ghafgarionbaconsmith Oct 01 '22

Halbrand is Sauron tho

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u/sauron-bot Oct 01 '22

Ah, little ghafgarionbaconsmith!

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u/ghafgarionbaconsmith Oct 01 '22

One onion ring to rule them all, and in the Applebee’s bind them!

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u/ggGamergirlgg Oct 01 '22

Gimme that merch!!

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u/FeelingSurprise Oct 01 '22

Gimli that merch.

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u/OmegaOmelet Oct 01 '22

Gamli*

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u/lordoftowels Elf Oct 01 '22

Who am I, gamling?

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u/brawler Oct 02 '22

And give it to me raw!

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u/Gilthu Oct 01 '22

What a cute marketing opportunity, selling dolls, shirts, posters, cups, plates, utensils, blankets, and drugs with that guy on them will be super easy, barely an inconvenience!

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u/pUUpEScUUps Oct 01 '22

And don’t forget space balls the flame thrower the kids love it

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u/Gilthu Oct 01 '22

Wowowowow…. Wow. That’s a great product to sell kids sir, hopefully no one gets horrifically burned!

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u/cdunk666 Oct 01 '22

https://youtu.be/vjB8XXw9y70

Sounds like you haven't seen spaceballs

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u/Gilthu Oct 01 '22

Ohhh, getting your Schwartz off is tight!

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u/LichGodX Oct 01 '22

God-damn it, Ryan.

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u/Bro_Hawkins Oct 01 '22

It’s not Baby Balrog, its name is Grondgru.

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u/Vatsdimri Oct 01 '22

Awww, Cute Balrog.

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u/DejanTepic Oct 01 '22

Baby Balwog dolls incoming.

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u/HumpaDaBear Oct 01 '22

Baby Balrog is my Tenacious D cover band.

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u/ZombieMegaMan Oct 01 '22

You shall not eat late at night!

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u/CanderousOreo Oct 01 '22

God why is it simultaneously cute but makes me want to cry?

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u/gothiclg Oct 01 '22

For me it’s a mix of “that’s actually cute” and “if someone didn’t tell me who this was I’d probably immediately scroll past this as some of the ugliest art I’ve seen”

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u/cacecil1 Oct 01 '22

Awwww, ok you can pass

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u/quaintwicket Oct 01 '22

Thanks I hate it

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u/ImagineGriffins Oct 01 '22

I've only had baby balrog for 6 hours but if anything ever happened to it, I would kill everyone in this room and then myself.

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u/blackbeltmessiah Oct 01 '22

Baby D Bane will break the internet.

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u/goboxey Oct 01 '22

Just wait until he starts eating orc eggs

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u/himbobflash Oct 01 '22

Hell, I’d watch it.

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u/bigfeetdude Oct 01 '22

A face only a mother could love.

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u/zischer Oct 01 '22

Scorpions, female scorpions!

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u/[deleted] Oct 01 '22

UGH. His name isn’t “Baby Balrog” it’s Sugrondgru!!!

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u/CommaDelimitedList Oct 02 '22

His NAME is Goku 😤

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u/myklclark Oct 02 '22

And so it has come to pass that Baby Balrog finally puts the old debate to bed. “Do balrogs have wings?” Nope.

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u/EZ_Breezy1997 Oct 02 '22

I'll take 10

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u/reverie11 Oct 01 '22

Adar is a balrog. Balrogs are Maia, so them being able to take different forms makes sense.

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u/greymalken Oct 01 '22

I’m pretty sure the super evil ones get locked into a form. Happened to both Melkor and Sauron, and Ungoliant too.

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u/sauron-bot Oct 01 '22

What do I hear?

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u/Arrow_625 Oct 01 '22

He said you lost your ability to shapeshift cause you were a dumb bitch!

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u/dryrunhd Oct 01 '22

Not to mention there's no baby part of the Maia->Balrog process as far as we know.

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u/Mazius Oct 01 '22

Sauron got "locked' only after the Fall of Numenor.

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u/sauron-bot Oct 01 '22

Go fetch me those sneaking Orcs, that fare thus strangely, as if in dread, and do not come, as all Orcs use and are commanded, to bring me news of all their deeds, to me, Gorthaur.

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u/NorthernMarlin Oct 01 '22

But not Shelob, according to Shadow of War.

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u/greymalken Oct 01 '22

Damn right!

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u/NorthernMarlin Oct 01 '22

I took him at face value when he told Galadriel his backstory.

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u/Proof_Scale_542 Oct 01 '22 edited Oct 01 '22

Representation matters. Balrogs can be anyone they want!

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u/Bure_ya_akili Oct 01 '22

W e have the origins of elrond, galadrial, GROND, and now the balrog of khazadum

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u/diosamaisgay Oct 01 '22

can we get much higher

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u/KitFistbro Oct 01 '22

ILL TAKE YOUR ENTIRE STOCK

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u/Bongo1267 Oct 01 '22

Hilarious!

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u/marcos_marp Oct 01 '22

You forgot the wings

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u/SummerBirdsong Oct 01 '22

They grown in closer to maturity.

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u/nikto123 Oct 01 '22

no wings

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u/Lennartgamer2 Oct 01 '22

Awwe look a that cute little demon baby awwww

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u/Sir-Shady Oct 01 '22

Is next week the finale…. No fucking way

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u/fsniper Oct 01 '22

And now I want to print that cutiepie

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u/diddlerdownunder Oct 01 '22

Nom nom studios has a chibi version. If you're interested

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u/I_lenny_face_you Oct 01 '22

Shut up and take my money for this merch

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u/seab3 Oct 01 '22

Can I steal this? it’s way to fun not to share.

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u/MacaroniCheez Oct 02 '22

What's a meme unless it gets shared around? Go for it (but let's say you borrowed it, rather than stole, eh?)

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u/ChristineWhy Oct 02 '22

What did I just see with my own eyes

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u/AizenSaturn Oct 02 '22

Kill it! Kill it with an old man!

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u/willvaryb Oct 01 '22

Spoilers :l