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Entry from March 19, 2021
“At LOTR 150, Professor Gandalf is kind of a jerk. He opened the class with, ‘YOU SHALL NOT PASS!‘“

Gandalf is a protagonist in J. R. R. Tolkien’s novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Many jokes have Gandalf as a teacher, shouting his famous line.

“COLLEGE JOKE | I went to LOTR 150 today. Professor Gandalf is kind of a jerk. He opened the class with, ‘YOU SHALL NOT PASS!’” was posted on Twitter by Topher Welsh - VR Nation - #VR #AR #MR on January 22, 2010.

“To do list: Become teacher.  Dress up as Gandalf.  Tell class they shall not pass” was posted on the website Grouchy Rabbit on February 20, 2013.

“If you see a class being taught by Gandalf, avoid it because YOU SHALL NOT PASS!” was posted on Reddit—Jokes on March 19, 2021.


Wikipedia: Gandalf
Gandalf is a protagonist in J. R. R. Tolkien’s novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. He is a wizard, one of the Istari order, and the leader and mentor of the Fellowship of the Ring. Tolkien took the name “Gandalf” from the Old Norse “Catalogue of Dwarves” (Dvergatal) in the Völuspá.
(...)
The Balrog reached the bridge. Gandalf stood in the middle of the span, leaning on the staff in his left hand, but in his other hand Glamdring gleamed, cold and white. His enemy halted again, facing him, and the shadow about it reached out like two vast wings. It raised the whip, and the thongs whined and cracked. Fire came from its nostrils. But Gandalf stood firm. “You cannot pass,” he said. The orcs stood still, and a dead silence fell. “I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. You cannot pass. The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow! You cannot pass.”
J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

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Topher Welsh - VR Nation - #VR #AR #MR
@toe_fur
COLLEGE JOKE | I went to LOTR 150 today. Professor Gandalf is kind of a jerk. He opened the class with, “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!”
7:19 PM · Jan 22, 2010·Twitter Web Client

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Sunny
@Top_Notched
To do list: Become teacher. Dress up as Gandalf. Tell class they shall not pass.
http://bit.ly/tnQ4Gs
6:10 AM · Nov 27, 2011·twitterfeed

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Brad Zang
@Bradzang
@mamelamw Gandalf teaching lamar’s class, “You cannot pass, You shall not pass , OH Never Mind!”
11:32 PM · Aug 13, 2012·Twitter Web Client

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Lars Cronstaaf
@cstaaf
To do list: Become teacher.  Dress up as Gandalf.  Tell class they shall not pass. http://e.ht/29u
8:03 AM · Feb 20, 2013·Twitter for Websites

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sammy
@sammypollino
If I were a teacher id walk in my class In a gandalf costume and say “if you don’t study for this test , YOU SHALL NOT PASS”!
3:22 PM · Apr 9, 2013·Twitter for iPhone

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Jacqui Parm
@jacparm95
In the wise words of Gandalf. If you don’t go to class, “you shall not pass” #LOTR
2:34 PM · Jan 1, 2014·Twitter for iPhone

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¡Rye-Hèñ Del-EL-gøttoh!
@Del_Thinks
[First day of class]
STUDENT 1: I heard this class is hard.
STUDENT 2: I don’t have the book.
PROFESSOR GANDALF: YOU SHALL NOT PASS!!!
11:21 PM · Mar 18, 2015·Twitter for iPhone

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kevinbiegel
@kbiegel
If I was a professor 100% I’d walk into 1rst day of class dressed as Gandalf, be all quiet then yell “You shall not pass!” And they wouldn’t
1:38 AM · Sep 1, 2016·Twitter for iPhone

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JoMo (John Morris)
@Jmorris2106
@kissnwa I’m a teacher and I dressed and Gandalf for class all day today! “You cannot pass!!!"… https://instagram.com/p/BMPofAogMEJ/
6:35 PM · Oct 31, 2016·Instagram

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Grouchy Rabbit
@grouchyrabbit
TO DO LIST: Become teacher.  Dress up as Gandalf.  Tell class they shall not pass. http://grouchyrabbit.com/permalink.php?viewid=44388
5:00 PM · Dec 30, 2016·BesserBot-GR

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@CarleeShin_dVS
Every time I fall to attend a certain class, I imagine that teacher screaming in my face in a Gandalf-like voice
“YOU SHALL NOT PASS!!!”
11:25 AM · Oct 16, 2017·Twitter for Android

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Doctor B
@TheeDoctorB
There’s an evil part of me that hopes a college professor somewhere dressed up as Gandalf for class today, gave a pop quiz, and loudly proclaimed, “You shall not pass!”
7:15 PM · Oct 31, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

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Grafton Uranus
@CuntClapper
Replying to @SuperficialGZT
...
Duque: “A wizard is never late...”
Teacher: “Fuck Gandalf! Get out of my class! YOU...SHALL...NOT...PASS!!!”
5:33 AM · Jun 23, 2020·Twitter Web App

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Thinklings Books
@ThinklingsBooks
Replying to
@ColdHeart_Prj
My prof did that! In his Gandalf costume on the first day of class every semester. ❤ “You shall not pass...unless you study hard” or sthg. That’s part of why I took 10 classes w him.
4:11 PM · Oct 8, 2020·Twitter for Android

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syd
@plould
might as well call that zoom class Gandalf the Grey cause I shall not pass
2:45 PM · Oct 28, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Crystal Poe
@PoeInDiscord
Replying to @PoeInDiscord
Anytime I think of Gandalf fighting the balrog I think back to my first day of my capstone class when Mr. Dr. passed out the syllabus and it had the “you shall not pass” meme on the last page.
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2:04 PM · Feb 26, 2021·Twitter for Android

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/SYLOH March 19, 2021
If you see a class being taught by Gandalf, avoid it.
Because
YOU SHALL NOT PASS!

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JokesBot
@RedditJokesBot
If you see a class being taught by Gandalf, avoid it. BecauseYOU SHALL NOT PASS!
2:09 PM · Mar 19, 2021·IFTTT

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