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This ‘Ted Lasso’ Meets ‘Lord of the Rings’ Thread Is Everything I Need

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On the surface, it may not seem that Apple TV+’s breakaway hit comedy Ted Lasso has anything in common with Peter Jackson’s big budget epic The Lord of the Rings trilogy. After all, a Kansan coach with irrepressible optimism is a far cry from a hobbit battling Orcs and other monsters to save Middle-earth. But when we dig a little deeper, there are parallels.

Both Ted Lasso and Frodo Baggins are on their own epic journey. And both series focus on friendship and teamwork in the face of enormous obstacles. Ultimately, both stories offer a similar message: it’s not the destination that matters, but who travels the journey beside you. And for a variety of folks, both Ted Lasso and LOTR offer an escape from the stress and worries of real life. So many of us have revisited LOTR since the pandemic began, and Ted Lasso was widely hailed as last year’s feel-good antidote to the relentlessly depressing news cycle.

So when The Revisionaries author A.R. Moxon (@juliusgoat) tweeted a thread where they cast Ted Lasso characters as LOTR characters, naturally we were intrigued. What followed was a spot-on parallel between the AFC Richmond family and the Fellowship of the Ring.

Honestly, this thread is perfection, and a welcome break from the current Ted Lasso discourse consuming the internet whole. Sidebar: is the Lasso discourse the Balrog or is it Smaug?

Twitter (and the internet to a larger degree) is clearly the One Ring itself: full of promise and wonder that renders one invisible (or anonymous on the internet). And while it holds great power, if one wears the ring they become covetous, cruel, and a shadow of their former selves. There is excitement to be had in the ring, but wear it too long and you may find yourself turning into a troll (internet or otherwise).

Many fans quickly weighed in on the thread with their own picks and additions (the shortbread biscuits are lembas!), and recasting certain roles. For me, I see Keeley Jones (Juno Temple) as more of an Arwen than a Merry, but I’m not mad about it. And I do think that Nate (Nick Mohammad) as Gollum/Sméagol is apt given his behavior this season.

What do you think of the casting choices? Is there anyone you would recast or replace? Let us know in the comments!

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Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.