BTS released their popular track “Not Today” in February 2017, and since then, the music video has gained over 500 million views.
Not only is the choreography for “Not Today” iconic, but the song feels like something out of a superhero movie, with its powerful message.
— sarinha moved (@ykguitar) October 19, 2021
BTS’s RM even starts the song with a short speech that is, literally, straight out of a battle scene from a classic movie.
All the underdogs in the world
A day may come when we lose
But it is not today
Today we fight
— RM in “Not Today”
If the speech sounds familiar, that’s because BTS was actually inspired by an iconic scene from the last film in the Lord of the Rings series, The Return of the King.
In the final film, the character Aragorn rallies his troops to fight what seems like insurmountable odds to save Middle-earth. His speech focuses on determination in not giving up when it most matters, even if it’s terrifying.
Hold your ground! Hold your ground!
Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers,
I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me.
A day may come when the courage of men fails,
when we forsake our friends
and break all bonds of fellowship,
but it is not this day.
An hour of wolves and shattered shields,
when the age of men comes crashing down,
but it is not this day!
This day we fight!
By all that you hold dear on this good Earth,
I bid you stand, Men of the West!
Both rousing speeches encourage fans to stand up for what they believe in, fighting rather than giving up no matter the odds. It is easy to see why RM drew inspiration from the iconic scene.
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