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Run you fools!

What should the fools do?

MMDE: Run, you fools!

Current: Fly, you fools!

It's become an internet meme - Gandalf is about to fall down the chasm after defeating the fearsome Balrog, so cries out to his friends urging them to get away.

What exactly did he say?

Many remember it as "Run, you fools!" and are suprised to learn they might be experiencing a Mandela Effect when they learn today it is "Fly, you fools!".

This could be a mishearing - some are even claiming to hear "Flee!". The plot does involve the giant eagles carrying them away, and Gandalf thinks he is about to die, so it might be a reference to that as he does the last thing he can to help them.

What does the book say?

The book says it's "Fly", but after some study it turns out Tolkien often used the word "fly" where run would have made equal sense, much as it does as a figure of speech today, as in "sorry, got to fly".