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The name Bored of the Rings refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Bored of the Rings (disambiguation).


Bored of the Rings
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AuthorHenry N. Beard and Douglas C. Kenney
PublisherGollancz
Released2003
FormatPaperback
Pages228
ISBN0575074957

Bored of the Rings (BOTR) is a short satirical novel by Henry N. Beard and Douglas C. Kenney based on The Lord of the Rings. It was first published in 1969 by Signet for the Harvard Lampoon.

The novel is a fairly close parody in general plot, but is filled with cheap gags (e.g. the palantír as a Magic 8-ball etc.), a lot of bad punning (especially on names), cowardly and unsympathetic characters, and dated 1960s references.

The Signet first edition cover, which parodies the LOTR paperback cover by artist Barbara Remington [1], was drawn by Michael K. Frith. William S. Donnell's parody map of Lower Middle Earth subsitutes Tüdor for Gondor and Fordor with Mordor.

Notable characters from Lower Middle Earth (Middle-earth) include:

Goodgulf Greyteeth, the good wizard "a discredited Rosicrucian" and "a 32nd Degree Mason and Honorary Shriner" (Gulf Oil slogan) Gandalf Greyhame
Boggies (not for the faint of heart) Hobbits
  • Dildo Bugger of Bag Eye
Dildo; bugger Bilbo Baggins
  • Frito Bugger
Fritos, a corn chips brand Frodo Baggins
  • Spam Gangree
SPAM, a food brand; gangrene Sam
  • Moxie Dingleberry
Moxie, a soft drink brand Merry
  • Pepsi Dingleberry
Pepsi, a soft drink brand Pippin
Stomper, or Arrowroot, son of Arrowshirt Arrowroot, a brand of bland biscuits for babies and the elderly, and

Arrow shirt, a brand of men's dress shirt

Strider or Aragorn, son of Arathorn
Gimlet, son of Groin Gimlet cocktail; Groin Gimli, son of Glóin
Legolam "leg of lamb" Legolas
Bromosel Used to be an indigestion relief product Boromir
Eorache "ear ache" Éowyn
Tim Benzedrine Benzedrine—a stimulant drug popular during the 1960s—and former Harvard professor Timothy Leary Tom Bombadil
Goddam "God damn" Gollum
Sorhed, the evil wizard, ruler of Fordor "Sore head";

"four door," evil kingdom opposed to "Two-dor" (Tudor)

Sauron
Serutan the wizard of Isinglass Serutan was the name of a laxative product: the product name is simply "Natures" spelled backwards;

Isinglass, a substance used in clarifying wine.

Saruman, the wizard of Isengard

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