Bored of the Rings (book)
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|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|