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Bored of the Rings

(Cardboard Box of the Rings #3)

3.13  ·  Rating details ·  5,720 ratings  ·  445 reviews
Sometimes childish, sometimes rude, always clever and always very, very funny, this book has delighted most, and outraged a few, Tolkien fans in the US for more than40 years. Pulling in references to popular culture and fantasy literature as a whole, this is a killingly effective parody of THE LORD OF THE RINGS. From the dreary Goddamn (Gollum) to the feckless Arrowroot ...more
Hardcover, 225 pages
Published January 2011 by Orion Publishing Co (first published 1969)
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Liz You could ask the authors, but I'll wager their answer would be something like "we were too blasted out on LSD and booze and sex with elf maids while…moreYou could ask the authors, but I'll wager their answer would be something like "we were too blasted out on LSD and booze and sex with elf maids while writing that to remember the word count, and we wrote it on a type writer because it was 1969, so we can't exactly just pull the document back up on a computer and look up the word count. Sorry buster...but thanks for buying our book! Cha-ching!" (less)

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Matt
In selecting a literary parody for a recent book challenge, I found myself struggling a great deal. Not one to turn to the classics, I wanted to select a novel that may accentuate a book I read and did not entirely enjoy, while also not choose a parody that had been flogged to death. Turning to this piece by Henry Beard and Douglas Kenney, I felt that I might be in good hands. I will be the first to admit, Tolkien is not for me. Please, gasp now and shun me as you go to fetch all the rotten eggs ...more
Heidi The Reader
The clever parts of this so-so parody of The Lord of the Rings trilogy were the character names and the map on the first two pages. The rest was repetitive and silly nonsense, but the map especially was inspired.

At the front of most science fiction or fantasy novels, the author provides a map, usually hand-drawn, of their world, the different countries, the rivers, mountains, dragon hoards, what-have-you from the story. Tolkien's was particularly detailed and it was clear that he put a lot of
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Richard
This is an extremely out-to-left-field parody of a timeless fantasy classic. Full of horrible puns, cheap shots and droll tongue-in-cheekery, it will infuriate purists and delight others.
Mort
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can't believe I forgot about reading this after watching all three movies...
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
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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.

Chris
Jan 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-shelf, humor, fantasy
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
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Jen
Mar 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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,
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Mike
Feb 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Thomas
Nov 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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.
Mike (the Paladin)
Okay first, I love the Lord of the Rings.

Now, I enjoyed this book, mostly for it's witty humor which unfortunately 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.
Stephen Robert Collins
Don't try to read this if don't love LOTRs this very funny this joke book that will have you gigging
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
An interesting title choice as I did in fact find myself bored more than once while reading this. A shame, because a Lord of the Rings parody had the potential to be hilarious. Some of the jokes just felt too on the nose (or conversely, way out in left field) and by the end I was actually having trouble with all the names (can you imagine?). It was clever in spots and I did laugh out loud a fair bit, but overall I'd rather have reread the trilogy instead. Thankfully it's rather more condensed ...more
Lyn
Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this in high school and thought it was too funny, not sure how much I would like it now.
Michele
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very funny, definitely irreverent, deeply silly, and mildly obscene, this is the tale of (among other things) Dildo Bugger, his nephew Frito, the wizard Goodgulf, the riders of Roi-Tan, several busty elf-maidens, and the quest to save Lower Middle Earth. I adore the original trilogy, but that did not prevent me from giggling obsessively at this clever parody. Some of the brand names referenced are no longer commonly known, and Tim Benzedrino (aka Tom Bombadil) is a bit dated (drugs aren't quite ...more
John 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 ...more
bookczuk
Mar 06, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing
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.
Kerry Zukus
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Stine Hopsdal
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, lydbok, i-laughed
Either you'll love it, or you'll hate it. I'm a LOTR-fan to my bones, and I adored this version. Funny, silly and stupid, just as a parody should be.
Robu-sensei
Apr 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  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 ...more
Juho Pohjalainen
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this one as a child and laughed myself sick under the onslaught of crude jokes involving bodily fluids and sex. Now I read this one as an adult, and laughed myself sick at the skill, dedication, and sheer ridiculousness of taking old Tolkien's long-winded and erudite writing style and supplementing it with such absolute nonsense. For all those shallow movie parodies we get nowadays, this really is a work of art and demonstrates that such a medium isn't always a bad one.

Of course a lot of
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Stephan
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is a bit of an odd novel. A shameless parody of Tolkiens epic tale the Lord of the rings, but not without a lot of love.
When reading Tolkiens book it's clear that he had a love of languages, which these authors have noticed as well... Places, towns, peoples and things are all renamed in puny and funny ways. There's songs, verse and tales within tales, just as in the original, but here with a huge dose of humour.

Sure, from time to time it might get a bit over the top, just like all parodies,
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Melanie
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Katie
Jun 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
David Rawls
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps one of the best spoofs of the classic Tolkien trilogy that may ever be made. The adventures of Frito, Goodgulf, Stomper, Eorache and all of the others will leave any reader laughing into utter madness... I even still use the moniker "Farahslax" quite frequently when online, ever to be inspired by the classic song:

"We are stealthy Green Toupees
Skulking nights and snoozing days,
A team of silent, nasty men,
Who all think Sorhed's numbah ten.

Draw their fire
Flank on right
Narcs retire
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Incomprehensible twaddle to me! I'm afraid I just couldn't get into this book. I loved Lord of the Rings and thought this parody was a great idea but it was actually quite stupid and a big disappointment.
Mark Doornbos
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really funny book, made me laugh a lot.
Loved the scenes in the inn with the spying Nozdrul, the gathering of the fellowship and the way Arrowroot was presented: so brave, or, maybe, not so brave after all.
Also, the thesaurus was hilarious :).
Wayne Barrett
From what I can remember, this was a very good parody of The Lord of The Rings. and if memory serves me it is probably more a 3.5 star book.
Dave
Jan 28, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hated every second of this.
Marcin
Apr 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, funny, lotr
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, ...more
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