A new FFXIV fan video pays tribute to one of Square Enix’s most iconic and beloved Lord of the Rings MMORPG memes, after the meme’s creator passed away in March. If you were on the internet in the mid-2000s, you’re almost certainly very familiar with Erwin ‘Tron’ Beekveld’s Tolkien-themed earworm “They’re leading the hobbits to Isengard”, first uploaded as a video to Albino Blacksheep’s website in August 2005.
The original video mashes up several scenes from the second Lord of the Rings movie, The Two Towers, into an unreasonably catchy dance anthem. As the title suggests, it focuses on Orlando Bloom’s character Legolas, who yells, “The Hobbits are being led to Isengard!” The two-minute video gained massive popularity online, to the point where LOTR director Peter Jackson uploaded a video to his Facebook page of Bloom singing the song.
Now, the creators of FFXIV, Plam & Switch, have created a Final Fantasy XIV twist on the video, reimagining it as “They’re taking the Lalas to Garlemald.” The video features a complete reinvention of the song and its video made in the multiplayer game. As you may have guessed, it replaces the Hobbits with the diminutive Lalafell, and Isengard with the Imperial homeland Garlemald. You can check it out on his YouTube channel or below, though note that the footage includes clips from the climax of the A Realm Reborn core campaign, as well as some minor bits from Endwalker.
Sadly, in March 2022 it was reported that the meme’s original creator, Beekveld, had passed away at the age of 52 after a battle with lung cancer. Along with his most famous work, he also created many remixes of classic Commodore 64 tracks. It’s refreshing to see, then, that his legacy continues to bring joy to the people of the Internet seventeen years later.
Here’s the full video (again, light placement and character spoiler warnings):
Elsewhere in Eorzea, Live Letter 72 is scheduled for August 12 and we’re expecting plenty of details on the fantasy game’s upcoming 6.2 update, and perhaps an early release for the FFXIV Island Sanctuary feature, which turns the MMO into a game. of agriculture. . In the meantime, if you want to get your hands on some hard-to-get mounts and minions, the FFXIV Moonfire Faire 2022 event is running until the next expansion is released.