Bored of the Rings: A Parody Paperback – 30 Oct 2012
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First published in 1969, Bored of the Rings quickly became a cult book for its relentless, slapstick pastiche of The Lord of the Rings. Gollancz's 2001 edition marks the first appearance in Britain and in hardback.
Authors Beard and Kenny carry irreverence cheerfully beyond the borders of good taste. For some, it's a hilarious antidote to uncritical worship of Tolkien. For others, it's outright blasphemy. You choose...
Here's the formula. Take the rough plot of The Lord of the Rings. Give everyone daft names: Bilbo Baggins becomes Dildo Bugger, Sauron is Sorhed, and the hobbits Merry, Pippin and Sam are now the boggies Moxie, Pepsi and Spam. Make them all cowardly, dumb, self-serving and/or insane. Cram Middle Earth with droll American brand names, some now rather dated...
Bored of the Rings lurches drunkenly through Tolkien's narrative, scrawling graffiti on noble citadels and firing off gags with such machine-gun speed that something hits the funny bone on almost every page. A warning: "The halberd has fallen! The fewmets have hit the windmill!" A doom-laden prophecy: "Five-eleven's your height, one-ninety your weight, you cash in your chips around page eighty-eight."
Some pokes at the original are quite shrewd. The tiresomely lyrical Tom Bombadil mutates with hideous plausibility into dope freak Tim Benzedrine: "Toke-a-lid! Smoke-a-lid! Pop the mescalino!" Tortuous arguments about the disposal of the Ring are neatly condensed to: "'Alas,' explained Goodgulf." (Guess who?)
Cheap laughs abound despite occasional misfires. Even the map is chuckleworthy. But as the US paperback jacket warned, those who revere Tolkien "will not touch this gobbler with a ten-foot battle-lance". --David Langford --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The ultimate Tolkien Parody. 300,000 copies sold in since 2001! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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I read Lord of the Rings when it was first published in paperback in 1965, and like many others fell totally in love with Tolkien's marvelous sense of language and incredibly detailed world building. When Bored of the Rings came out in 1969, I immediately grabbed it, as I grabbed everything else remotely dealing with Middle Earth. My shekels were well spent in this case, and I always remember some of these perverted alternative scenes whenever I re-read the original. This book follows the plot line of the original very closely, boiling down the original 1200 pages to this book's 150 and managing to cover every major scene, which is quite a feat.
Clearly though, as a parody, this book is not a stand-alone. Much of its humor derives from the reader's knowledge of the original. It also helps if you're old enough to remember some of the television commercials of the sixties, as otherwise some of the references in this book will pass over your head. There are also some pokes at certain Presidents, TV series, movies, cultural icons, and the hippie and drug-laced counter-culture of the day.
Like many good things, this book is best devoured in small bites, a few pages a day, stopping before your humor-detector collapses from over-stimulation. A great way to relax for a few minutes at the end of the day.
--- Reviewed by Patrick Shepherd (hyperpat)
I discovered this book by accident in someone else's library, before ever hearing about Tolkien... and loved it so much I went on to read "The Hobbit" and LOTR, and am eternally grateful to "Bored of the Rings" for pointing the way.
Sure, the LOTR trilogy is an "impressive, truly masterful work of genius and imagination," the best piece of literature in the English language if you ask me, but even so, I consider "Bored of the Rings" to be a comic masterpiece, and one of my favorite books.
I only wish they would put out another edition with the original cover illustration. A hardback edition would be nice also.
This was so good that I can't choose between it and the original. It's not only the funniest book I have ever read -- it beats the Hitchhikers' Guide series hands down -- I believe it's the funniest thing that I have ever seen anywhere. If you say that Tolkien is not to be mocked, then read the back. "Those who approve of courtesy to a certain author will not touch this gobbler with a ten foot battle lance." Says it all, doesn't it.
If you enjoyed Lord, then you'll love Bored. You probably will hate it if you're a Tolkienologist, but if you can appreciate parody, get this book. It's simply hilarious. I could praise it all day, but that would cut into your reading time.
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