Bored of the Rings: A Parody of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings

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For everyone who has delighted in J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy masterwork-or anyone who's just looking for a good laugh-this is the million-copy selling comic extravaganza that will convince lovers (and haters) of fantasy that they've finally experienced it all, and that they'll never need to read another fantasy parody again.
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This little book is packed! Not only is the entire trilogy chronicled (plus important bits of The Hobbit), but nearly every sentence contains a joke or pun as well. If you were to add water to this book, it would balloon to the size of an unabridged dictionary. But you don't want a watery, meandering lampoon, do you? Of course not!

You want the relentlessly clever roller-coaster retelling of the greatest fantasy yarn of the century. Let me be blunt: Bored of the Rings is to satire what the Lord of the Rings saga is to fantasy. It's that simple.

Are you tired of the cliché "I laughed so hard reading it in public that I got strange looks?" Yeah, I'm tired of that, too. But guess what? I laughed so hard reading it in public that I got strange looks!

Truly, the masterful fashion in which Beard and Kenney mercilessly rip the characters and history of Middle-earth to shreds is the ultimate tribute to the richness and depth of the original work. (J.N.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451452610
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1993
  • Edition description: Anniversar
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2007

    Brilliant Satire - Proof is that it's still in print!

    I actually read this before Tolkien's books. This was over 30 years ago and I was a huge Lampoon fan. I thought it brilliant then and still do. Although some of the references are dated: ''GoodGulf' for Gandalf', it was funny and readable without having read the real Rings first. And when I finally did read JRR's books, I really liked them. However, if you view the originals as sacred texts, then this book is not for you. I think it it was written with much love for the originals, but also with much dark humor. A 'must' read if you came of age in the late 60's and 70's. It was co-written by the late great Doug Kenney who was a spot-on genius of a satirst. He was one of the co-writers of Animal House and Caddyshack. Also by Henry Beard, who is no slouch of a comedic writer, either.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2007

    The Harvard Lampoon's take on Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings'

    I remember very few lines of verse, but amongst those committed to memory are the lines: 'We Boggies are a merry folk/who like to eat until we choke/loving all like friend and brother/and hardly ever eat each other' (which is followed up a chorus that repeats the word 'gobble' a whole bunch of times). 'Bored of the Rings,' the Harvard Lampoon parody of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings,' was written by Douglas C. Kenney and Henry N. Beard at the end of the Sixties, right before they went off into the real world to found 'The National Lampoon' and at a time when the Trilogy was required reading for fans of fantasy. Of course, it goes without saying that much of what you will find in here will be grossly offensive and that if you are not well versed in Tolkien's Trilogy then the story of the ring that was given by Dildo Bugger to his nephew Frito, who then embarked with his servant Spam, his friends Moxie and Pepsi, Goodgulf Grayteeth the wizard, Stomper the ranger (a.k.a. Arrowroot of Arrowshirt), Bromosel, Gimlet the dwarf and Legolam the elf across Lower Middle Earth to the dark land of Fordor is not going to make much sense. For that matter you had better be well versed in the drug culture of the Sixties and the political machinations of Richard Nixon to get all of the references (I just realized: we need an annotated edition of 'Bored of the Rings'). Even if you have seen the movies and recognize the lady Hashberry, you still need to have read the books to know who Tom Benzedrine is in the grand scheme of things. My favorite scene are when the Ballhog shows up and when Goddam and the ring meet their final fate. This is a lengthy parody, necessitated by the size of the work that inspired this insanity. Despite the low-brown humor involved with the playful names, there is some college level sophistication to the parody as well. However, if you consider Tolkien to be sacred text, then do not go anywhere near 'Bored of the Rings' because you will be grossly offended (and probably several other types of offended as well). I will still maintain that the wicked sense of humor here is inspired by an affection for Tolkien's work, but understand that there will be those who dismiss that idea.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2004

    High time for a reprint

    I have a first edition from the 70's, and I keep it under lock and key, except when I go back to re-read it! This is the best parody ever made of anything, Monty Python and crew excepted. You can't go wrong with a cast of characters like Frito, Stomper, and Tim Benzedrine! Reading this book made me go back and finish the real trilogy. It's amazing that the writers at the Harvard Lampoon were able to squeeze everything into less than 200 pages (my copy). And yes, you will get strange looks if you read it in public! If you do, tell them you're of Boggie descent and they will have a hairy foot up their posterior if they keep staring!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2004

    eh-hem

    It's called MONTY PYTHON AND THE QUEST FOR THE HOLY GRAIL. Duh. But it's a great book anyway.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2003

    Beware The BallHog!!

    To those who expressed outrage at this book: That's why you got beat up so much as a kid. And I bet you don't like MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL either.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2003

    Funny, by a mile

    I read this in college years ago, and it's still funny when I read it last week. A timely book especially with the movie out now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2003

    Wonderful Parody, but a bit dated.

    This was done by the HARVARD LAMPOON, and not the National Lampoon. They both have lampoon in their titles, but a completely different set of people. Anyway, that said, this is a wonderful parody of The Lord of the Rings. It will only make sense if you have actually READ The Lord of the Rings, as it makes fun of the whole style of the trilogy, complete with prefice (About Boggies), songs, footnotes, sentence structure, etc. I first read it in the 1970s, and it was a bit dated even then. It was written in the late 1960's and a lot of the names are plays on brandnames from that era. People know Pepsi, but they may not remember the drink Moxie. Goodgulf was a gasoline (I haven't seen a Gulf station in years). Orlon was a tacky wool yarn substitute. I'm not sure I can even print the name of the 'Bilbo' character (just replace the b's with d's). Also, having been written in the 1960's, it's a little heavy on hippy drug use references, but not too heavy. Anyway, it's a fun read if you enjoy The Lord of the Rings, and like satire!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2003

    Chill Out!

    I have not even read this book yet but I intend to as soon as my funds allow it. However, I have recently become a Tolkien freak. I think he's a genius and all he does is gold. I'm learning to speak Quenya (Elvish), if that doesn't convince you. But come on! Satire and spoofs are the second best thing! All these Tolkien die-hards need to relax a bit, because it takes a true follower of something to laugh at their own cause. I revel in spoofs. I've read several and I'm even writing a LOTR spoof fanfiction. But then, I'm writing a serious one too. YAY FOR SPOOFS! AND ELVES!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2003

    But I still Want to make the Movie

    BOTR includes some of the funniest lines that I have ever read. I have long pictured it as a movie, and I have actors selected for some of the characters, but I recently realized that it would be best if most of the characters were animations, humans playing humans and nonhumans animated. The image of the V-Ates attacking Isinglass is one of the most biazarre. The evening with Tim Benzedrine is right up there, and the songs are wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2003

    Great at parties

    This book contains some of the funniest song poetry you will ever read. I have read this book out loud at parties. Do not drink or eat anything while either reading or listening to this hillariously clever spoof.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2003

    I advise you not to be drinking something while reading this book...

    ...unless you enjoy haveing coke squirt out your nose. (Man, I wish someone had warned ME...) This book is absolutley fantastic. Being an avid fan of Lord of the Rings, I was slightly wary of a parody written by the National Lampoon when I found it on my dads bookcase. And I'll admit, the prolouge frightend me a bit... of course, I assume that it was a very effective sales gimmick, if you catch my drift. But once I got past the slightly disturbing prolouge, I immediatly became engrossed with the book. This book is a book for true Lord of the Rings fans... you know, those of us who can automatically stop whatever you are doing (cooking, working, going to the bathroom, etc) and babble off the names of every single charater in the entire book. See, if you've never read LoTR before, you cant expect to pick up the book and automatically GET it. I mean, a stoned Tom Bombadil makes perfect sense to ME, but to many others it wouldnt be so darn funny. So what I think I'm saying is, BUY THIS BOOK! But read the Original series first please. Oh, and a warning: this book was written in the late 60's so there are lots of funny tidbits in the book that wont make sense if your not familiar with the lingo. (ie, Merry and Pippen are Pepsi and Moxie... you only get it when you know that Moxie was a popular drink back then.) So go, buy this book, and dont forget to go to the bathroom BEFORE you start reading. ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2002

    Did the negative reviewers even read it?

    This book is not funny unless you are thouroughly knowledgeable with the REAL Lord of the Rings. If you are criticizing it just because you can't believe someone dared to make fun of Tolkien, you should read it - the authors are clearly huge Tolkien fans, trying to make a quick buck by tricking stoned freshman into buying the wrong book. Careful at lunch, though, non-LOTR fans won't understand why there is milk coming out of your nose.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2002

    LOTR readers will love it even more.

    If you've read the trilogy (+Hobbit) you will laugh even harder than if you didn't. I recomend it to any seasoned Tolkien reader. I love the parodies on the names the most (Frito, Goodgulf, etc). And the chapter names.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2002

    DON'T MISS THIS

    Great book, great fun, extremely clever. I avoided reading this book for -- well, since it first came out -- because I have such enormous love and respect for The Lord of the Rings. I was wrong. This leaves the original intact. Don¿t miss out on the fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2002

    Hilarious!

    Like Sam, I feel torn in two! Sometimes I think "How can anyone luagh at Tolkien like this?" but other time I think "this is the funniest thing ever!". Bingo in the elf lounge! Bilbo's speech just shocking those other Boggies. Often, though, some things were not funny, but plain stupid. Wether or no, this is a great addition to my mini Tolkien library. There is one check out rule, you must read The Lord of the Rings before reading Bored of the Rings. Wether I like this book or not, I give it five stars so other people will get it and decide if they like it or not. Get this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2002

    A Journey to Laugh-Bored of the Rings.

    I found it to be of interest,since I was halfway through with The Two Towers.It was also a nice ground to understand that book,while laughing at this one.Too bad Gregory didn't read the word 'parody'.And too bad he can't laugh.What good is literature if you don't laugh once and a while?Life taken too seriously is just that.For a refreshing look at life on a tilt,try this book.If not....well..don't take Gregory's word for it.If one doesn't like it,give it to a friend or donate to your local library.Thank you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2002

    I'm just shaking my head.......

    I first picked up this book in London about 25 years ago. I was an avid fan of LOTR, and it seemed to look cute. OH WOW! Funny, stupid, 'Bingo in the Elf Lounge', who couldn't love this book! Do yourself and your funnybone a favor,and read this!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2002

    Atrocious!

    I have been a devoted Tolkien fan since I can remember. This (dare I use the term literature?) is a despicable, shameless insult to the greatest fantasy work of all time. Furthermore, it is degrading and demeaning for the formerly respectable Barnes & Noble to stoop to the low of selling it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2002

    Hilarious!

    Obviously some people do not have a sense of humor! This book is very good, it will make you laugh with out a doubt!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2001

    Absolutely hysterical

    I've probably spent more time in Middle-Earth than most (15 complete readings at last count), so I think I'm a big-time fan of Tolkien's work. But I don't think I've ever laughed as hard as I did the two times I read BOTR. This parody should be taken as exactly that...a couple of guys having a little fun with the greatest work of fiction ever written. The results are outrageously funny. The Ring Inscription in 'Bored of the Rings' alone is worth the price of the book. Tolkien fans unite!! Buy this book and have a good laugh.

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