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Bored of the Rings: A Parody of J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings (original 1969; edition 1969)

by Harvard Lampoon, Henry N Beard (Author), Douglas C Kenney (Author), Michael K Frith (Cover artist)

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Title:Bored of the Rings: A Parody of J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings
Authors:Harvard Lampoon
Other authors:Henry N Beard (Author), Douglas C Kenney (Author), Michael K Frith (Cover artist)
Info:Signet (1969), Paperback
Collections:Your library, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Weighed and Measured
Tags:Fantasy, Parody, Middle Earth, LotR

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Bored of the Rings by Harvard Lampoon (1969)

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The Harvard Lampoon's parody of "Lord of the Rings," though entertaining, is quite dated. Unlike LotR, which J.R.R. Tolkien deliberately wrote to evoke an older time, "Bored of the Rings" suffers from its dated humor and references. What's worse is some of the offensive and unfunny jokes. At one point, Frito (the stand-in for Frodo in this tale) dons blackface and performs a minstrel show to escape the story's version of the Ringwraiths. This scene, and several others, are neither funny nor do they advance the plot. Had they occurred in a modern book, I would have believed the authors were trying to earn some laughs through shock value. Perhaps most unfortunate of all is the manner in which the authors condense what took Tolkien nearly 1000 pages to write into the span of 160 pages. Approximately the first 100 pages are based on "The Fellowship of the Ring" with the other two volumes represented in the remaining 60 pages. A passionate fan of Tolkien's Middle Earth legendarium may gain some enjoyment from "Bored of the Rings," but most readers will find it tiresome and unoriginal. ( )
  DarthDeverell | Feb 11, 2015 |
Found this quite funny, more at the beginning than as the story went on.

Some of the names were really runny, like Eorache and Dildo Bugger, but others I didn't really get. Not sure if it is because of how long ago that it was written.

Felt they missed an opportunity to have Appendices, especially as they had a Foreword and a Prologue.

Seemed to follow Fellowship quite closely but Two Towers and Return of the King kind of merged together, cutting out some bits I expected them to do. ( )
  ClicksClan | Dec 9, 2014 |
Every Great Work attracts a great parody...Heh, Heh....Heh Heh Heh........
Read twice from cover to cover, quoted it often! ( )
  DinadansFriend | Jan 16, 2014 |
I've read this countless times before, but this time I read it aloud to my partner. There are a reasonable number of parts that withstand the test of time ("Oh, the leaves are falling, the flowers are wilting, and the rivers are all going Republican"). There are others that do not, and are so far removed from the present that Google cannot recall their referents. However, it still evokes pleasant memories, and, as my partner commented, "So that's why you sometimes say, 'Look! The Winged Victory of Samothrace!'" ( )
1 vote OshoOsho | Mar 30, 2013 |
Hated it, hated it. Not funny, not insightful, not a fun read. I can enjoy coarse, but obvious.... ( )
1 vote Cynara | Feb 21, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Harvard Lampoonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beard, Henry N.main authorall editionsconfirmed
Kenney, Douglas C.main authorall editionsconfirmed
Johnson, Peter W.Illustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carrel, DouglasCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frith, Michael KCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0451452615, Paperback)

Written in the gloaming of their college days, just before they started National Lampoon, Douglas C. Kenney and Henry N. Beard wrote Bored of the Rings. It's dated--references to Nixon, drugs, and consumer products circa 1969 crowd every page--but darn it, Bored of the Rings is still funny nearly 30 years later: "'Goodbye, Dildo,' Frito said, stifling a sob. 'I wish you were coming with us.'

'Ah, yes. But I'm too old for that sort of thing now,' said the old boggie, feigning a state of total quadriplegia. 'Anyway, I have a few small gifts for you,' and he produced a lumpy parcel, which Frito opened somewhat unenthusiastically in view of Dildo's previous going-away present [the ring]. But the package only contained a short, Revereware sword, a bulletproof vest full of moth holes, and several well-thumbed novellas with titles like Elf Lust and Goblin Girl..."

Place yourself in the hands of these professional humorists: you won't be disappointed.

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In this parody of The Lord of the Rings, it's up to Frito Bugger and his band of misfits to carry the Great Ring to Fordor and cast it into the Zazu Pits.

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