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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)

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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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Heidi The Hippie 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 ti
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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
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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.
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 (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.
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.
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.
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 LOT ...more
Amy
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.
Hanji
Apr 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, comedy
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."
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.
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, i ...more
King Ævil
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 re ...more
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 R
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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
Fig
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Gavin
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bleh. I'm all for parodies, in fact I love them. But they must be done well, and they really ought to either be a celebration or a roast. This one, however, just felt dumb. I'm not sure exactly what it was - maybe the humor is too outdated, maybe it reminded me too much of Pratchett and fell short, or maybe it really just isn't that great. Regardless, I was never able to get into it, and while there were a some laughs, they were few and far between.
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.
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 :).
S H
May 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The company stood rooted to the ground in terror. The creature was about fifty feet tall, with wide lapels, long dangling participles, and a pronounced gazetteer.
"Aiyee!" shouted Legolam. "A Thesaurus!"
"Maim!" roared the monster. "Mutilate, mangle, crush. See HARM."

Good Fun.
Canavan
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Robert Kaufman
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Harvard lampoon is brilliant. Buff said!
Peter
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Spoof of Tolkien - I read it around the time i read LotR. It's the same story a trillion pages shorter with crass jokes.
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
Devon  Start
Feb 27, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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
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Lee
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Vidya
Dec 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I may need to reread this. I enjoyed it, but not nearly as much as I'd hoped. I found myself smiling, but also kind of wishing I had HGTTG on hand instead. I think maybe I might not have been in the mood for this kind of humor as I'd thought. It's not so much that I didn't find it funny as that I think I got tired of the humor partway through. And while I know the linguistics were a big part of the original, the "languages" in the parody got on my nerves quickly - especially when it switched fro ...more
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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
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