Ok wait, how is the "one ring" thing any sort of wordplay?
I just edited and fleshed out the post for clarification, if you take another look! (Everyone please do!)
In the Lord of the Rings, the evil invisibility ring around which the whole plot centers is referred to conspicuously as the “One Ring”.
As in, NOT TWO RINGS.
I mean come on, when one of the characters like John finds out it isn’t two different rings, don’t you think we’re going to get a “JOHN: so you’re saying they’re actually one ring?” ??
EDIT: erintoknow said:
That’s still not a pun. That s a reference. I think you’re starting to go Gollum on us, Boots.
IT’S A FREAKIN PUN. What other play on words fits this description?? Here, let me bust out the wicked pedias:
The pun, also called paronomasia, is a form of word play which suggests two or more meanings, by exploiting multiple meanings of words, or of similar-sounding words, for an intended humorous or rhetorical effect. These ambiguities can arise from the intentional use and abuse of homophonic, homographic, metonymic, or metaphorical language. Henri Bergson defined a pun as a sentence or utterance in which “two different sets of ideas are expressed, and we are confronted with only one series of words”.
Here we have two rings, but they’re theoretically actually “one ring”. And “One Ring” happens to be one of a slew of references already made to the ring of the same name from the Lord of the Rings series. TWO MEANINGS! So the hidden “one ring” concept is a reference, but one via an extremely clever STEALTH PUN, one implied by the scenario but not yet spelled out! I refuse to budge on this, and when someone in canon says the words “one ring” to refer to the fact that they’re not two and a bunch of people flip out about the LotR reference, you will look back and almost remember that this conversation took place before being distracted by actually having a life unlike me, so THERE. Humph!
From the Stealth Pun tropes page:
The form can range a bit from a “fill in the blank” stand up style jokes to cases where the plot and setting form a pun that you only realise when you try to summarise the situation later. If you’re on the Internet, expect someone to respond “I see what you did there”.
Example: “Charmin” toilet paper commercials featured cartoon bears. Left entirely unsaid is they’re all about bears shitting in the woods.
yes I understand the concept of a stealth pun you’re looking at a stealthy reference; “one ring” is not a phrase in the english language with any idomatic meaning outside of the lotr fandom; you’re looking at a stealthy reference.
If the tropes page can list FAMOUS SONG TITLES as the punch lines of stealth puns the I think the One Ring flippin’ counts. It’s a double-meaning’d play on words that’s also a reference, and I will call that a Stealth Pun and you freaking should too, now laugh at Andrew’s joke. LAUGH AT IT