Bored of the Rings

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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 (LOTR), a novel by J. R. R. Tolkien. 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 Tdor 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; buggerBilbo Baggins
  • Frito Bugger
Fritos, a corn chips brandFrodo Baggins
  • Spam Gangree
SPAM, a food brand; gangreneSam
  • Moxie Dingleberry
Moxie, a soft drink brand; see also dingleberryMerry
  • Pepsi Dingleberry
Pepsi, a soft drink brandPippin
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" owyn
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)

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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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 der Augenringe fi:Loru sorbusten herrasta


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