If you have ever seen The Lord of the Rings, then you are familiar with this memorable quote spoken by the character Frodo. On December 19th, 2001 the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was released in theaters around the United States. In this film, Frodo, who is played by Elijah Wood, welcomes his wizard friend Gandalf to his home. In this conversation, Frodo says there is a change in his uncle Bilbo and he thinks that Gandalf knows the reason. When Gandalf refuses to tell him, Frodo responds with this now-famous line, “alright then, keep your secrets.”
This image and line from this scene are now used online as a reaction image.
More than 15 years later, in 2017, a Youtube account posted this isolated clip of the quote, receiving 2,400 views.
The following year in June, a Facebook account shared a screen capture of this image using an edited caption as a response to another user’s post, receiving 200 shares, 400 reactions, and 30 comments in 6 months. A week following that post, this image hit Twitter because of user @mikediva, adding in a new punchline. This tweet obtained 40 retweets and 280 likes.
A few months later, in August of the same year, Redditor yeeeheeeeheee posted this image in response to a thread about asking girls for their numbers at the bar. This response post received 18,000 points and 120 comments.
Several months later, on August 18th, Redditor  yeeeheeeeheee posted the image in a thread titled “When you ask a girl for her number at the bar and she tells you to go away.” The post received more than 18,000 points (93% upvoted) and 120 comments.