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Bored Of The Rings: A Parody Of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord Of The Rings, By Henry N. Beard And Douglas C. Kenney (Cardboard Box of the Rings #3)

3.12 of 5 stars 3.12  ·  rating details  ·  4,155 ratings  ·  278 reviews
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 we...more
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K.D. Absolutely
There are quite a few funny scenes particularly when the book makes fun of the Tolkien characters by incorporating sex innuendos. Imagine Frito (Frodo) having a hard-on with an elf-maiden. When I picture in my mind the scene with Elijah Wood and Liv Tayler then the scene becomes alive and funny.

As a parody, the story follows the same as the one of Tolkien's trilogy The Lord of the Rings minus some details and characters. However, you can still follow this book’s a-lot-shorter story, if you’ve re...more
Chris
Ahhhh.... the sweet, sweet scent of true comedy.

The first time I read this, I nearly soiled myself laughing. As with all comedy, repetition kind of diminishes the effect, but there are still laughs to be had. Just from the beginning, when Dildo Bugger throws a party for the gluttonous freeloaders of the Sty, and the foists his Magic Ring off on his hapless nephew Frito, you know things can only go wacky.

The folks at Harvard Lampoon did a brilliant job here, warping the characters of the original...more
Manny
Unsubtle, gross, stupid, mechanical, but quite often funny. My favorite line, which I often quote when hungry:

"This better be food, 'cause I'm gonna eat it"

And I liked Deus Ex Machina Airlines too. And the introduction. And the Council of Elrond, where Frito suggests just dropping the Ring down a storm drain, or pawning it and losing the ticket.

OK, OK, I admit it - there is a lot of amusing material.

Jen
Mar 12, 2008 Jen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the pimply, Tolkien-loving fourteen year-old boy in many of us
Tolkien's works were sacred and beloved in my family when I was growing up, and this Harvard Lampoon lampoon of the trilogy was outright HERESY--*hilarious* heresy, that is.

The Harvard Lampoon was the late 1960s precursor to National Lampoon (of "Animal House", "Vacation" and "Van Wilder" fame). Those boys at Harvard turned over every character, rock, and tree in Tolkien's universe, and exposed their lewd, gross, and satiric underbellies. Really, it's a salacious guffaw-fest fit for the pimply,...more
Thomas
A thorough sendup of Tolkien's classic trilogy. Character names alone will crack you up. (After awhile you'll struggle to recall the real ones.) But I really enjoyed the points when the writing logic became childishly simple: "It started to rain, and they all caught colds." Still makes me laugh.
Peter
Spoof of Tolkien - I read it around the time i read LotR. It's the same story a trillion pages shorter with crass jokes.
Devon  Start
Really this could have been a lot funnier, but it was just stupid. None of the jokes have any thought put into them.. and really its just mean spirited. Dildo instead of bilbo..seriously i made the same joke in high school when i was kid.
Having aragorn be the lone ranger is so basic, these are like the simple easy jokes you are supposed to through away as too easy.
The hobbits are recast as basically goblins(sneaky little thieves) none of them are jolly or even likable. The parody names are just...more
Mike
Feb 26, 2011 Mike rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Mike by: Kenneth Russel, (RIP)
I almost gave this book a 5, and I may yet go back and alter the start count before completing this review. It's definitely worth at least a "4.5".

I first read this book when loaned a copy by a high school friend. Yes, I had read "The Hobbit" and the three volumes of "The Lord of The Rings" before picking up this slim, but powerful volume. As soon as I read it, I ordered two (yes, two) copies of the book from a long-since gone bookstore. Since that day, I try to maintain ownership of two copies...more
John E. Branch Jr.
For one who has never read J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings books, this comic takedown offers a fair amount of fun. But I've concluded that it's too ridiculous (deliberately ridiculous) to be properly appreciated without better knowledge of the target than I have. So I'm going to set it aside until I see enough appeal in the originals to plough through them--I'll resist speculating on why I've been immune to such fantasy so far--or (almost as unlikely) until I can watch the Peter Jackson LOT...more
bookczuk
Clever, but probably more fun if you actually really liked the original books. I must confess, that while I liked The Hobbit, I got a little fed up with the actual Ring books- Frodo was always saying "I know what I must do". I think the subtitle should have been "Seven guys take a long hike". The movies, though, did capture me. I think that tolkien was just a little too verbose for my tastes at times. Oh well.
J
'Bored of the Rings' quite honestly does have its funny moments. It's evident that the writers do indeed know how to write amusing satire. Unfortunately, true to their foreword, they don't bother proceeding thusly much beyond the first chapter, and even that is pushing it. Classic moments like Spam pocketing Frito's mithril-coated spoons are far outnumbered by rather crude brown--and occasionally, sexual--humour. Because why bother writing a *good* parody, when you can fill a few pages with chea...more
Marcin
Tolkien is thy master, Tolkien is right and the Silmarillion, LotR, short stories and Hobbit as well, make your bible. Thou shall never wrong thy masters words, thou shall never amuse yourself with his words 'cause they are the only truth... That seems to be the motto of all those die-hard Tolkien fans. Sure, recent movies might have changed the lot a bit, but when joining that herd be sure to follow those rules... but what if you're more into funny stuff? What if you know the LotR throughout, i...more
Rob
Apr 30, 2007 Rob rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Devotees of Tolkien with a warped sense of humor
Shelves: humor, 2007
Perhaps my all-time favorite work of satire. Frito Bugger, a boggie from the Sty, is charged by his uncle Dildo and Goodgulf Greyteeth, a stage magician, to sneak the Ring of Power beyond the clutches of the Dark Lord Sorhed and the evil wizard Serutan and to destroy it in the hellish Zazu Pits of Fordor. This tale offers plenty of belly laughs for Tolkien aficionados and neophytes alike. Every beloved character of the Fellowship is reduced to a grotesque caricature who nevertheless gains the re...more
Kerry Zukus
My nominee for the single funniest parody of all time. This had to have been written in the late 60’s/early ‘70’s and it still induces pain in me when I read it; it’s that funny. My sides ache, my jaw aches; I simply have to put it down and then recuperate for days after. As one might guess, this takes a ribald rip at Tolkien’s Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy. I actually know a guy who can quote this entire book, word for word, from memory, even after all these years.
Melanie
Originally written in 1969, this has been slightly revamped and re-released for the release of The Hobbit films. Either that, or the people in 1969 were a little bit psychic and predicted both Jersey Shore and Instagram.

While I managed to reach the end of this book, it is largely because it is only 160 pages long. But in all honesty, it isn't for me. Maybe it's the humour (which isn't really my style, though I'll admit it was vaguely amusing in places) or maybe it's because I adore Lord of the R...more
Katie
Jun 23, 2008 Katie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tolkein lovers
Recommended to Katie by: My dad, who read Tolkein to me
This book absolutely skewers Tolkein perfectly; it's even too long, while the original is too short. So why do I love it, when I treat the original like my Bible? Aside from the fact that it makes me laugh till I drool, even after all these years, I don't know. Because unlike most parodies, it's artful and lighthanded? Because the people are like little mirror-image character studies of Tolkein's? Because it even has poetry that parodies Tolkein's? Or just because of the long list of nasties who...more
Neale
I've known about this parody for as long as I can remember - it was published in the late 1960s, in response to the first American wave of hobbit-mania - but I never sought it out. Why would I? I naturally assumed that it was one of those tiresome 'Mad'-style parodies. The 'Harvard Lampoon' branding didn't help. Ha ha bloody ha. Not for me.

OK, so I've just found a copy, and looked into it. And I've laughed out loud half a dozen times in the first dozen pages. It's funny! And clever. And it could...more
Amanda
Couldn't finish this book, and trust me that rarely happens. The "humor" was just too crude for my taste. Perhaps that is because I am a lover of classics and I adore the writing style of Tolkien, or maybe I just have a more "sophisticated" sense of humor (no offense intended to anyone. Matter of opinion and lack of a better word, that is all). The potty humor and sexual jokes just killed this book for me; thankfully most of the jokes went over my head. Sometimes it's nice to be naive. Not a boo...more
Letz
Il titolo originale è Bored of the Rings e non potrebbe essere più appropriato. Volevo tanto leggerlo, pensavo fosse molto divertente, in stile, che so, Pratchett o Guida Galattica. Invece è piatto, monotono, forzato ed estremamente ripetitivo.
Le gag, se si può parlare di gag, sono sempre le stesse: nomi storpiati, presa in giro dell'epicità altisonante cavalleresca che spesso si ritrova nel fantasy ("possano le vostre emorroidi rimpicciolire senza intervento chirurgico"), ribaltamento delle fig...more
Jack Tyler
Mar 29, 2014 Jack Tyler rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Open-minded Tolkien fans
Recommended to Jack by: My baby sister
Funniest %#! $^&@ book I've ever read! I don't understand the low rating this baby is carrying. Perhaps it's like the Bible or the Quran, in the sense that in order to understand the parody, you have to be intimately familiar with the root work, but those familiar with the root work regard it as holy and sacred, and any parody as sacrilege. Whatever, lighten up, people, and have some fun!

This is the story of a perverted little boggie named Frito Buggar who, along with his buddies Spam, Moxie...more
Ha·t'ej
I read this a million years ago and in actual fact it may not be all that good, but it alternatively entertained and freaked me out so...yeah, I'd recommend it. The scene where the 9 are unable to cross the bridge into the equivalent of Rivendell because they haven't got the toll fare is pretty hilarious...or was when I was like 15. Maybe still is.
Mike (the Paladin)
Okay first, I love the Lord of the Rings.

Now, I enjoyed this book, mostly for it's witthy humor which unfortunatly is often buried amid a lot of off color strained attempts at humor. Still I give it a 3 as it will give you some genuine laughs especially if you are familiar with the trilogy.
Lee
In all fairness, Tolkien was practically asking for Tom Bombadil to be parodied as a drug-addled hippie. But too often this parody reaches for the easy joke. There are many funny bits, but too many words in between the funny bits, and about halfway through I was becoming bored with Bored of the Rings.

The edition I listened to included some clever footnotes explaining the dated references (and some not so dated), e.g.: Brillo pads -- history’s worst attempt at toilet paper, later used as scouring...more
Cristian
Outrageously hillarious :) This single quote pretty much describes the spirit of the book:

"In his hand he carried an ancient and trustworthy weapon, called by the elves a Browning semi-automatic."
Jacquel
Jul 28, 2009 Jacquel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves LOTR or a good laugh.
This book was the most hilarious spoof of LOTR I ever read! Anyone who loves LOTR should read this book.
Lyn
Read this in high school and thought it was too funny, not sure how much I would like it now.
Charles
I have an earlier edition. I thought it was profoundly boring.
Thee_ron_clark
I should perhaps mention that I have not read the original literature this parody is based on. I've seen the movies. I know. That doesn't do much for the actual works and probably left a lot to be desired.

Bored of the Rings was start to finish silliness. At times, I felt it was simply too much for me. Other times, I found myself being quite amused.

There really isn't too much to say about this book as a whole. If you are a huge fan of Tolkien's work and like parodies, read this. If not, you real...more
Robert Kaufman
The Harvard lampoon is brilliant. Buff said!
Nick Kives
Fun concept, but poor execution.
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Henry N. Beard (born ca. 1945) is an American humorist, one of the founders of the magazine National Lampoon and the author of several best-selling books.

Beard, a great-grandson of Vice President John C. Breckinridge, was born into a well-to-do family and grew up at the Westbury Hotel on East 69th Street in Manhattan. His relationship with his parents was cool, to judge by his quip "I never saw my...more
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