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Fus Ro Dah Jokes From Skyrim The Meaning Of The Meme

Updated on January 22, 2012

Fus Ro Dah also known as the unrelenting force is a popular internet catchphrase that originates in the open world RPG Skyrim. In this game the player takes a role of a dovahkiin (dragonborn) who possesses the power of thu'um - dragon shouts. Fus is the first shout the dragonborn learns after completing the quest which leads to slay the first dragon. The hero discovers his dovahkiin powers and learns the Fus shout after absorbing the soul of the killed dragon. Later in the main questline the dragonborn climbs the highest mountain in Skyrim High Hrothgar to meet the Graybeards - masters of thu'um and learn more advanced shouts such as Fus Ro Dah. In the dragon language Fus means force, Ro stands for balance, and Dah is push. This shout pushes away whoever stands in the way of the dragonborn.

The Fus Ro Dah meme came to internet 2months before the official Skyrim release. At the end of August it already had an Urban Dictionary definition. The very first of Fus Ro Dah videos appeared on YouTube in the middle of September. The video was a compilation of Fus Ro Dah shout and a woman falling off the chair from the FAIL videos. The day the game was released (11.11.2011) some videos depicting the usage of Fus Ro Dah in game appeared on YouTube. This brought back the Fus Ro Dah FAIL video to light and soon after a compilation of Fus Ro Dah and FAIL videos came out. It couldn't just stop there. The Fus Ro Dah shout got blamed for virtually anything that happened to fall down or blown away. Even people who have never played Skyrim find the Fus Ro Dah jokes funny. For instance, some guys on Tumblr wish they could have the power of thu'um so they could blow away the snow of their cars.

First Fus Ro Dah Video

A common (but still cunning) way how to play the Fus Ro Dah joke is pretending to be sneezing and then go full force Fus Ro Daaaahhhhhchoooo. That's what dragonborn always do when sneezing. :D This kind of attitude has made some Skyrim fans to rename dovahkiin, the dragonborn to dovahjerk.

There are also some short anecdotes based on this shout. For example, I'd feel a lot warmer and a lot happier with a belly full of Fus Ro Dah (which is based on a phrase said by guards in Skyrim who wish they had their bellies full with meat). Or another joke from Tumblr:
'Shout! Shout! Let it all out.
These are the things I can Fus Ro-dout…'
Remember - just keep calm and Fus Ro Dah!

Please be so kind and give this hub a thu'um up if you liked it. ;)


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    • Pikachusif profile image

      Pikachusif 5 years ago from Castelia City, Unova

      Well, you should now know plum well that it tickles my fancy, this new sneeze meme. After all, I am Pikachusif. Very nice Hub, I must say. High quality is always appreciated in my eyes.

      -The Yellow Blur, Pikachusif

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      Eranofu 5 years ago from Europe

      Thanks for the comment, DIMIR. I always love good feedback from good people.

      Haha, there is another sneezing joke - saying 'Pica' and then sneezing. :D

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      DIMIR 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, United States

      And as I read, my friend is playing Skyrim right there... haha. But this I like the sneezing part. I've yet to see it done, but I've also yet to do it! Great hub!

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      Eranofu 5 years ago from Europe

      Thanks. :D Yeah, it is a bit overrated but I kind of got hooked on it.

      Indeed I use it on quite random stuff. Well as long as I fit in the 'cute' cathegory. :D

      About Skyrim losing popularity - was thinking of that. More than 2months has passed since the release and so. Most of people like me play a game till they get bored and then they are in a search of a new game again. And 2months is plenty to get bored of a game (although Skyrim has loads of content). On the other hand all these little jokes and stuff attract more people. I saw a boy on Tumblr who had never played Skyrim yet designed the Arrow In The Knee T-Shirts. He made them to sell and is planning to spend the earned money to buy PS3 and the Skyrim game.

      And as always, thanks for your comment JohnGreasyGamer. If I was a guy I'd have a beard like you.

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      John Roberts 5 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      Fus Ro Dah was a pretty good meme at first, but as it became popular it jut gets plain annoying. It's overrated, used in everyday slang for no apparent reason, and with Skyrim losing popularity, it's gonna die out quickly.

      Nice Hub though ^^