- Exceptionally old halflings in Delicious in Dungeon become very much like gollum.
- Jujutsu Kaisen features Anime Sam and Frodo running in a theater.
- Centorea in Monster Musume wields an Anduril replica at times.
- An Omake of The Slayers has Lina embroiled in the War of the Ring. Saruman fully falls from grace and becomes a balrog, but in doing so, becomes too fat-fingered to wear the Ring! Lina, for her part, ignores said evil bauble in favour of blowing things up.
- The LEGO Batman Movie: The Eye of Sauron is one of the inmates of the Phantom Zone.
- The LEGO Movie: One of the film's locales is Middle Zealand, a nod to the fact that the films' outdoor scenes were filmed in New Zealand. Additionally, Gandalf (voiced by Todd Hansen) has a minor role as a Master Builder.
- The Simpsons Movie: An orc is seen in the lynch mob trying to kill the Simpsons.
- The X-Men enemy Sauron was specifically stated in-universe to have taken his name from the LOTR villain.
- Another LOTR fan in the Marvel Universe is the Black Knight, who has named his successive winged horses Aragorn, Valinor and Strider.
Films - Live-Action
- In The Hustle, Josephine refers to her scheme to trick men into giving her expensive engagement rings as her Lord of the Rings con.
- In Castle Hangnail, Edward recalls the castle being visited, centuries ago, by a tall old wizard seeking a source of magical fire to melt down a magic ring, and that he eventually ended up destroying it in "a volcano or something".
- The Dresden Files:
- Dead Beat: Harry refusing Lasciel's offer of power by quoting Gandalf's refusal of the One Ring stood out as especially awesome.
- White Night: Seeing Grey Cloak's contact, he muses that the Ringwraith look is pretty common among dark wizards. Ramirez has made the same connection.
- "Backup": Thomas says Harry is like Gandalf on crack and an IV of Red Bull.
- Changes: Harry claims that Tolkien got a lot about wizards right, save for one little thing; "Fuck subtle."
- Ghost Story: Harry tries some of the same words Gandalf used to try to open the door to Moria on the entrance to the Corpsetaker's lair. And calls her a tasteless bitch for not reading Tolkien when it doesn't work.
- Battle Ground:
- The illusion of the Carpenters being murdered is explicitly compared to Fellowship of the Ring by Molly.
- When Harry and Butters collapse a bridge to hinder Fomor forces Harry is darkly amused at getting the chance to use a quote he's always liked:"YOU. SHALL NOT. PASS!"
- The scene where Tailchaser meets Queen Sunback in Tailchaser's Song is a parody of when Galadriel is first met.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid Rodrick is given several books for his summer reading, but he rents the movies based on the books instead of reading the books themselves. When he rents the movie version of The Lord of the Rings, he forgets to check the title and ends up renting a wrestling movie called "Lords of the Ring".
- In Kaitangata Twitch, Rufus puts a piece of kitchen brush around his finger like a ring and says, "One ring to bind them all!". Meredith says that it's more like one ring to scrub them all.
- March from The Eagle Tree read The Lord of the Rings as a kid. For the most part he didn't like it, as he's not a fiction fan, but he did relate to the Ents. He once attended a Halloween party dressed as an Ent and stood perfectly still the entire time.
- In Will Save the Galaxy for Food, Not-Mckewan starts to feel "Like a hobbit whose friend won't throw that plying ring into Mt. Doom" when his contractor screws him over.
- A secret meeting at NASA in The Martian is called "Project: Elrond" specifically because it's a secret meeting where a momentous descision will be made (and everyone there's a massive nerd except one person). Incidentally, it concerns saving all life on Mars (to whit, one Mark Watney, astronaut) whereas the Council of Elrond was to do with saving all life on Middle-Earth.
- In Experimental Film, Mattheuis is described as "sort of the Gimli of Canadian film studies."
- Emma from Because of the Rabbit longs for a best friend and hopes to be half of an "and," like Frodo and Sam.
- In Dogs Don't Talk, Emily tells Ben that she's reading The Lord of the Rings, and that she plans to see the movie after she finishes the books. Ben has seen the movie, but found it hard to follow.
- If I Fall, If I Die: After Will starts going outside for the first time since he was four, he decides that he doesn't trust nature, and liked the Ents better than the real thing.
- Friends: In "The One Where They're Going to Party!", Ross and Chandler talk about a friend from college who was nicknamed Gandalf because he was a "party wizard". Joey asks about the nickname.Chandler: Didn't you read Lord of the Rings in high school?
Joey: No, I had sex in high school.
- Sesame Street once parodied Lord of the Rings by having Cookie Monster as a monster named Gobble, parodying Gollum, making cookies.
- Elnor from Star Trek: Picard could be transported to Middle-earth, and he would seamlessly blend into that world because he's basically an Elf (Romulans are Space Elves, after all). The media frequently compared him to Legolas because he's long-haired, Elfeminate and has an agile, graceful fighting style. Elnor's name is similar to Elrond, and in Sindarin, "Elnor" means "Star-Run." note The Qowat Milat monastery where he grew up is an Arboreal Abode situated in a forest which looks virtually identical to Rivendell, as the foliage and the late afternoon/early evening sunlight appear to be in a perpetual autumn setting. Elnor pledging his sword to Picard's quest and joining the latter's ragtag crew is akin to Legolas joining the Fellowship of the Ring, and their respective missions are extremely dangerous with little hope of success.
- Veronica Mars: In the second season episode "The Quick and the Wed", when Heidi, the bride-to-be, shows off her engagement ring, one of the bridesmaids comments on how large she is, and says, in her best Gollum voice, "It's ours; we wants it!"
- "Not Today" by BTS (meant to be an underdog anthem) references Aragorn's Rousing Speech in The Return Of the King, down to the first lines of the song semi-quoting it:All the underdogs in the world
A day may come when we lose
But it is not today
Today we fight!
- Led Zeppelin's "Ramble On":"'T was in the darkest depths of Mordor
I met a girl so fair
But Gollum, and the evil one
Crept up and slipped away with her
Her, her, yeah"
- Gandalf and Elron makes a cameo in this song of Destripando La Historia while Odin seeks magical knowledge.
- The third of CHIKARA's four 2016 Aniversario events, held May 29, 2016, was titled Aniversario: The Two Towers.
- Matilda: When Miss Honey is assessing her reading ability, Matilda gives a long list of books she has read recently, including Nicholas Nickleby, Oliver Twist, Jane Eyre, Tess Of The Durbervilles, The Lord of the Rings, The Invisible Man, The Secret Garden, Crime and Punishment, ...and The Cat in the Hat
- One AI taunt in the Updated Re Release of Battlezone II: Combat Commander is "Open war is upon you, wether you'd risk it or not."
- Atun-Shei Films: The bit in which the Witchfinder General exorcises the Nazi officer from Johnny Reb in "Was it REALLY the WAR of NORTHERN AGGRESSION?!?!?!" is a play on the scene of Gandalf ridding Thèoden of Saruman's grip on his mind in The Two Towers film.
- Honest Trailers:
- Peter Jackson's film trilogy got its own trailer.
- In the trailer for The Little Mermaid (1989), King Triton is nicknamed "Jacked Gandalf".
- The Nostalgia Critic:
- In his review of Short Circuit 2, a clip of Frodo's Big "NO!" from The Fellowship of the Ring is played over the scene where Johnny 5 is beaten to death.
- In his review of Rover Dangerfield, the Critic thinks about all the trees that were cut down to make the movie, leading to a clip from The Two Towers of Treebeard reacting to the chopped forest.
- In The Kingdoms of Evil, Freetrick is confrinted by a halfling wielding a magic ring, who is promptly executed by his security staff.
- Zero Punctuation:
- "I'm not sure anyone could consider (Sonic Unleashed) 'the game for them,' but they probably live in a cave and subsist on raw fish." The accompanying visual is a silouhette of Gollum holding a fish in, ironically, a very nice cave with great lighting and a little pebbly stream, as opposed to a stygian underground lake.
- Another has a game designer whose name sounds a lot like "Gollum" go around on all fours muttering "gollum" to himself.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: When team Avatar is trying to arrange a meeting with the Earth King, Joo Dee replies that "One does not simply pop in on the Earth King", referencing the memetic quote by Boromir from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
- Codename: Kids Next Door: The episode "Operation: F.I.S.H.Y.", in which Numbuhs Two and Four try to dispose of Numbuh Three's dead goldfish, is a parody of the films.
- The Dragon Prince: When Callum and Rayla are discussing how they should cross the Xadian border, he points out that "One does not simply walk into Xadia!" He even makes the same hand gesture that Boromir did.
- Evil Con Carne: In "No No Nanook", a minor Running Gag involves characters entering a cave and running over expies of Frodo and Gollum.
- Family Guy:
- In "I Take Thee Quiagmire", Quagmire imagines himself as Aragorn and Joan as Arwen.
- A cutaway from "Sibling Rivalry" has the Eye of Sauron getting worried about losing his contact lens.
- In "Petergeist", Herbert fights an evil tree and shout "You shall not pass!"
- In "Stewie Loves Lois", Seamus owns a map of Middle Earth.
- In "Movin' Out (Brian's Song)", Carl tells Chris that he owns a DVD boxset of the trilogy, and Chris points out a plot hole to him.
- One of the title cards for "Road to the Multiverse" depicts Stewie as Gollum and Brian as Frodo.
- In "Tiegs for Two" the "light-the-beacons" scene is parodied when Peter finds out that Brian is in a relationship with Cheryl Tiegs.
- In "Brian the Closer", Peter becomes obsessed with Brian's old rope chew toy to the point where he turns into Gollum.
- Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends:
- In "Partying is Such Sweet Soiree", a sugar-crazed Mac freaks out upon tasting a piece of sugar-free gum and screams "It burns us! It burns us!"
- In "Cookie Dough", Frankie starts behaving like Gollum and talking to herself while eating Madame Foster's cookies.
- In Duchess of Wails, the entire scene where the Foster residents square off against Mac and Bloo when they try to bring Duchess back to Fosters parodies the battle of the second movie, with Bloo saying a quote that parodies another in the film.
- In the Gravity Falls episode "The Stanchurian Canditate", after Stan (who was running for mayor) makes a remark about teaching kids swears to "bring them into the real world", Wendy tells him, "You're meming fast, and none of them are good" - while showing him a parody of the "walk into Mordor" meme depicting Stan saying "One does not simply 'teach kids swears'".
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: In "Secret Decoder Ring", Billy thinks the titular ring will make him invisible, leading him to put it on and take off his clothes.
- Phineas and Ferb: Enough for the show's wiki to have made a list. Highlights include:
- The Simpsons:
- "Treehouse of Horror XII", a Hobbit is seen attending the Gypsy and Leprechaun's wedding in Hex and the City.
- In "Dude, Where's My Ranch?", a prospector named Cleanie puts some dirty dishes and into a sack and says "My precious". Bonus points for him being voiced by Andy Serkis.
- In "Rome-Old and Julie-Eh", Bart and Lisa's battle with delivery people spoofs the Battle of the Hornburg from The Two Towers.
- In a flashback from "That '90s Show", Comic Book Guy is seen telling a college study group "And that is why The Lord of the Rings can never be filmed."
- In "Pranks and Greens", Homer says "You found the precious" when Marge uncovers his secret stash of junk food.
- In "Brick Like Me", Comic Book Guy says that Bart's LEGO robot is partially made from a Hobbit Hole Playset.
- Several references appear throughout "The Serfsons", a parody of high fantasy works in general.
- The South Park episode "The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers" was a Whole Plot Reference to the series. Not only did the plot revolve around a VHS of The Fellowship of the Ring, it also bears similarities to The Lord of the Rings itself, with Cartman taking on the role of Gandalf and Butters taking on the role of Gollum. The 6th Graders take on the role of the Shadow, with Scott Tenormann as a Ringwraith and unnamed teenagers as orcs.