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0712: "Single Ladies"

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:10 am UTC
by doishmere
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Alt: Using a ring to bind someone you covet into your dark and twisted world? Wow, just got the subtext there. Also, the apparently eager Beyonce would've made one badass Nazgul.

Re: Single Ladies

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:12 am UTC
by rho421
Clever connection, I must say.

Re: Single Ladies

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:13 am UTC
by zyxuvius
If Sauron had half a brain, he would have made two rings.

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:17 am UTC
by wallacoloo
Wow! How'd you guys travel 3 minutes into the future?

Anyways, I like all the random connections Randall's been making lately. Well, actually only the last 2 were like that, so I hope the next one is too!

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:17 am UTC
by narenh
Eru didn't create the dwarves... Aulë did!

Re: Single Ladies

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:20 am UTC
by cephalopod9
doishmere wrote:Also, the apparently eager Beyonce would've made one badass Nazgul.
I thought her gauntlet (in the music video) looked more cyborg than Middle Earth, but it could work.

Is Beret a bartender now, or is this a bakery that serves drinks?

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:21 am UTC
by zyxuvius
wallacoloo wrote:Wow! How'd you guys travel 3 minutes into the future?

Anyways, I like all the random connections Randall's been making lately. Well, actually only the last 2 were like that, so I hope the next one is too!


Well, you see, I had a brother that died, and when he did, I felt the pain in my heart instantly...

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:23 am UTC
by FishyFred
Took me a few moments to realize what this comic was on about. Then, I LOL'd.

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:31 am UTC
by slflew
narenh wrote:Eru didn't create the dwarves... Aulë did!


In fact, Aule created the dwarves, but Eru gave them life....

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:32 am UTC
by Rilian
I don't get it! And I'm ok with that.

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:34 am UTC
by Mighty Jalapeno
And as much as Sauron tries, he will simply never be as evil as the fucking Mini Pops. (o:10)

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:36 am UTC
by siecraticmethod
Mighty Jalapeno wrote:And as much as Sauron tries, he will simply never be as evil as the fucking Mini Pops. (o:10)

I clicked that, and was terrified...until I got to the kid singing Toto...then I was just confused.

Edit: Seriously, though, every other song they did was from the past year or two, and it's a "hits" CD, so why throw in a song from 1982?

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:40 am UTC
by MSTK
narenh wrote:Eru didn't create the dwarves... Aulë did!


Is it sad that this was my first reaction?

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:40 am UTC
by Ukamoc
Gil-galad threw him out of Undon? Is Undon actually a place in the LOTR world? I can't remember and it's driving me nuts..

*Edit: My bad, I can't read, that says Lindon, not Undon. :P

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:42 am UTC
by swordswinger12
I laughed my ass off. my favorite comic in awhile.

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:45 am UTC
by clanders
This one was actually pretty clever! Certainly the best recent one.

BUT RANDALL, BEING RANDALL, HAD TO RUIN IT WITH HIS ALT-TEXT

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:48 am UTC
by Arvedui
As hilarious as this was...

Gil-Galad throwing Sauron out of Lindon refers to the War between the Elves and Sauron. Sauron waged this war after the One Ring was created, in order to gain control of the Three Elvish Rings. Ergo, chronologically, the comic is very much incorrect.

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:54 am UTC
by Rilian
I couldn't tell if it was undon or lindon either.
but I don't know anything about LOTR, except for something about a ring.

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:05 am UTC
by cjmcjmcjmcjm
zyxuvius wrote:
wallacoloo wrote:Wow! How'd you guys travel 3 minutes into the future?

Anyways, I like all the random connections Randall's been making lately. Well, actually only the last 2 were like that, so I hope the next one is too!


Well, you see, I had a brother that died, and when he did, I felt the pain in my heart instantly...

With the correct arrangement of moving reference frames, we could send a signal back in time, thus violating causality!

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:14 am UTC
by Benson
cjmcjmcjmcjm wrote:
zyxuvius wrote:
wallacoloo wrote:Wow! How'd you guys travel 3 minutes into the future?

Anyways, I like all the random connections Randall's been making lately. Well, actually only the last 2 were like that, so I hope the next one is too!


Well, you see, I had a brother that died, and when he did, I felt the pain in my heart instantly...

With the correct arrangement of moving reference frames, we could send a signal back in time, thus violating causality!

Hey zyxuvius, how many surviving siblings do you have?

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:14 am UTC
by HighwoodFool
Arvedui wrote:As hilarious as this was...

Gil-Galad throwing Sauron out of Lindon refers to the War between the Elves and Sauron. Sauron waged this war after the One Ring was created, in order to gain control of the Three Elvish Rings. Ergo, chronologically, the comic is very much incorrect.

cjmcjmcjmcjm wrote:
zyxuvius wrote:
wallacoloo wrote:Wow! How'd you guys travel 3 minutes into the future?

Anyways, I like all the random connections Randall's been making lately. Well, actually only the last 2 were like that, so I hope the next one is too!


Well, you see, I had a brother that died, and when he did, I felt the pain in my heart instantly...

With the correct arrangement of moving reference frames, we could send a signal back in time, thus violating causality!


Speaking of making random connections...

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:15 am UTC
by amodelqueso
Oh wow Randall.... You really just... wow.... *facepalm*

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:15 am UTC
by Chuff
MSTK wrote:
narenh wrote:Eru didn't create the dwarves... Aulë did!


Is it sad that this was my first reaction?

Me too. Ugh.

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:19 am UTC
by s0merand0mdude
It's a comic strip. Please don't ruin it by saying it's not canon.

And unfortunately, I have not yet got around to the weeked I have planned where I get to have a marathon of nerdy movies. The Matrix, followed by all three LOTR, and finally the original trilogy. The only one that wouldn't be the first time for me would be A New Hope.

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:29 am UTC
by Radiobandit
s0merand0mdude wrote:It's a comic strip. Please don't ruin it by saying it's not canon.

And unfortunately, I have not yet got around to the weeked I have planned where I get to have a marathon of nerdy movies. The Matrix, followed by all three LOTR, and finally the original trilogy. The only one that wouldn't be the first time for me would be A New Hope.


I don't know whether to berate you for not viewing these movies yet, or applaud you for referring to the Star Wars trilogy as the trilogy.

Also, that's going to take you well into the morning hours. I've done all 6 SW episodes, finished around 7am. I cannot fathom being able to stay up that long if you include LotR.

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:34 am UTC
by Rilian
Radiobandit wrote:I don't know whether to berate you [...] or applaud you
Tip of the hat, wag of the finger.

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:06 am UTC
by jazzman616
s0merand0mdude wrote:It's a comic strip. Please don't ruin it by saying it's not canon.

And unfortunately, I have not yet got around to the weeked I have planned where I get to have a marathon of nerdy movies. The Matrix, followed by all three LOTR, and finally the original trilogy. The only one that wouldn't be the first time for me would be A New Hope.


Just to let you know, you won't get most of the reference just by watching the LOTR movies since what Sauron mentions in the comic takes place before the movies begin. Also, reading the LOTR books wouldn't help much, either, for the same reason.

Sidenote: I really hope I won't have to give myself a massive facepalm for forgetting, because I'm pretty sure this is the case.

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:14 am UTC
by unleash the unicorn
I think this comic has made Pomplamoose Music a lot more popular.

(If you wanna know what I mean, search for "All the single ladies" on Youtube.)

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:14 am UTC
by paryb
Oh dear lord. The nerdiest comic I can remember, on a website dedicated to all there is to nerdom. Oh nerd, I think I just nerded myself.

best. comic. ever.

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:55 am UTC
by TjOeNeR
Funny this comic showing up today, as The Big Bang Theory made a LOTR based episode which showed this monday.

Coincidence? I THINK NOT!

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 8:01 am UTC
by musashi1600
Considering this comic had me literally laughing out loud, I have to say it's the funniest thing I've seen in a while.

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 8:03 am UTC
by cephalopod9
TjOeNeR wrote:Funny this comic showing up today, as The Big Bang Theory made a LOTR based episode which showed this monday.

Coincidence? I THINK NOT!
bazinga?

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 8:45 am UTC
by torontoraptor
Sadly, this thread reminded me of that episode, causing me to watch it instead of go to sleep for my classes, which are tomorrow...

As for the comic, Sauron actually ruled the vast majority of Middle Earth. Everything (as far as we know) except for the north-west was under his control, and the north-west consisted of nothing more then a few refugee elves, some ragtag remnants of kings, and a few scattered civilizations.

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:04 am UTC
by twig-z
TjOeNeR wrote:Funny this comic showing up today, as The Big Bang Theory made a LOTR based episode which showed this monday.

Coincidence? I THINK NOT!


Actually not the first time that XKCD and The Big Bang Theory have had strangely similar ideas.
like this one which was echoed in the show that same week.

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:05 am UTC
by Rilian
TjOeNeR wrote:Funny this comic showing up today, as The Big Bang Theory made a LOTR based episode which showed this monday.

Coincidence? I THINK NOT!

I missed it. : (

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:13 am UTC
by littlelj
*face palm*

Took me two reads to get it, but now I just can't stop :roll: -ing.

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:23 am UTC
by aethon
Alright, it seems like a lot of those in the know are skimping out on explaining what happened.

After the fall of the Big Bad (Morgoth, Sauron's boss), when everyone fled to the south-eastern part of the world of Middle Earth, Gil-Galad established the kingdom of Lindon, as High King of the Noldor (high elves). Galadriel was also a pretty big and powerful figure; she was a great lady of the Noldor, and the last remaining one of the original group of high elves that came back from over the sea. When Sauron's boss fell, he wussied out and pretended to make amends for his crimes, but then he slipped away before judgment to continue with his misdeeds. He put on the form of Annatar, Giver of Gifts, and used the elves' greed for knowledge in crafting and forging to chill out with them and spy on them. Gil-Galad and Galadriel thought he was super shady, though, and Gil-Galad specifically kept him out of Lindon.

After being kept from Lindon, Sauron turned around and went and forged the three great elven rings with the elves in Eregion, who were lead by Celebrimbor.

And uh, Aulë was the one who created and brought the dwarves to life, as well. All Ilúvatar did was accept them as his adopted creation, too.

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:39 am UTC
by thanosQR
Chuff wrote:
MSTK wrote:
narenh wrote:Eru didn't create the dwarves... Aulë did!


Is it sad that this was my first reaction?

Me too. Ugh.


me too
although Eru did give them free will/life as it was mentioned above:p

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:50 am UTC
by Peter Galbavy
Niiiice.

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:58 am UTC
by Plasma Man
Yeah, this is a good one. It nearly made me spit tea over my monitor.