Bored of the Rings (book)
|Bored of the Rings|
|Author||Henry N. Beard and Douglas C. Kenney|
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 , 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||Bilbo Baggins|
||Fritos, a corn chips brand||Frodo Baggins|
||SPAM, a food brand; gangrene||Sam|
||Moxie, a soft drink brand||Merry|
||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|
|Tim Benzedrine||Benzedrine—a stimulant drug popular during the 1960s—and former Harvard professor Timothy Leary||Tom Bombadil|
|Sorhed, the evil wizard, ruler of Fordor||"Sore head";
"four door," evil kingdom opposed to "Two-dor" (Tudor)
|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|
- Amethyst Angel's Bored of the Rings Webpage
- Richard F. Drushel's parody of the LOTR Appendices in the style of BOTR
- Review of BOTR with cover art
- Wilderness Poster
Bored of the Rings is also the title of a video game, an adventure game, written by Fergus McNeill and first released by Delta 4 Software in 1985 and then later re-released by Silversoft. The game is a parody, but isn't based on the book with the same title. The game is in three parts and was written using The Quill and The Illustrator. It was later followed up with the prequel The Boggit.
Bored of the Rings is also the title in the January 2004 edition of MAD Magazine, where MAD satirizes The Lord of the Rings; The Two Towers as Bored of the Rings; The Two+ Hours. While some of the character's have the same parodied names as listed above (like Legolamb and Spam Gangrene), many have different names. A list of characters in this sketch includes: Dodo Gaggings, Spam Gangrene, Gandoof the Gray (or Gandoof the White), Argon, Legolamb, Golfclub (aka Cheesebal or Jar-Jar Jr.), Baggybuns, Pimple, Peppercorn and the Slobbits. The sketch is seven pages long and contains innumerably references to (then) current events.