The clever parts of this so so parody of The Lord of the Rings trilogy were the character names and the map on the first two pages The rest was repetitive and silly nonsense, but the map especially was inspired.At the front of most science fiction or fantasy novels, the author provides a map, usually hand drawn, of their world, the different countries, the rivers, mountains, dragon hoards, what have you from the story Tolkien s was particularly detailed and it was clear that he put a lot of ti The clever parts of this so so parody of The Lord of the Rings trilogy were the character names and the map on the first two pages The rest was repetitive and silly nonsense, but the map especially was inspired.At the front of most science fiction or fantasy novels, the author provides a map, usually hand drawn, of their world, the different countries, the rivers, mountains, dragon hoards, what have you from the story Tolkien s was particularly detailed and it was clear that he put a lot of time, effort and emotion into the creation of it.The skewered version in this book of the LoTR map is hysterical Mordor became Fordor which is, of course, right next to Tudor Isengard becomes Eisentower and so on Even Tolkien s ornate compass receives a makeover with the directions north, south, east, west becoming up, down, left, right I saw the map and I had high hopes for some big laughs.Sadly, that never really came about But oh, the name changes Sam becomes Spam Frodo becomes Frito By far, my favorite was Legolas which was turned into Legolamb.Listen to what happens if you bear the Great Ring for too longFor as surely as the Ring gives power, just as surely it becomes the master The wearer slowly changes, and never to the good He grows mistrustful and jealous of his power as his heart hardens He loves overmuch his strengths and develops stomach ulcers He becomes logy and irritable, prone to neuritis, neuralgia, nagging backache, and frequent colds Soon no one invites him to parties anypg 11 The horror This parody also tackles Tolkien s frequent use of inset song lyrics Here is one of my favorite characters Tom Bombadil, in this book, Tim Benzedrino singingToke a lid Smoke a lid Pop the mescalino Stash the hash Gonna crash Make mine methedrino Hop a hill Pop a pill For Old Tim Benzedrinopg 21 And actually, making one of the most curious and unexplained characters into a drugged out hippie was kind of funny The gag lost its charm though after the first couple lines.If forced to pick a favorite scene, I d have to go with when the party was attacked by a Thesaurus outside of the Mines of Andrea DoriaThe creature was about fifty feet tall, with wide lapels, long dangling participles, and a pronounced gazetteer Aiyee shouted Legolam A Thesaurus Maim roared the monster Mutilate, mangle, crush See HARMpg 68.Anyway, rather than garnering a lot of laughs, this parody succeeded in making me want to re read the original books Recommended only for the super fans who must read everything that has to do with the LoTR Otherwise, I d give it a pass There are quite a few funny scenes particularly when the book makes fun of the Tolkien characters by incorporating sex innuendos Imagine Frito Frodo having a hard on with an elf maiden When I picture in my mind the scene with Elijah Wood and Liv Tayler then the scene becomes alive and funny.As a parody, the story follows the same as the one of Tolkien s trilogy The Lord of the Rings minus some details and characters However, you can still follow this book s a lot shorter story, if you ve re There are quite a few funny scenes particularly when the book makes fun of the Tolkien characters by incorporating sex innuendos Imagine Frito Frodo having a hard on with an elf maiden When I picture in my mind the scene with Elijah Wood and Liv Tayler then the scene becomes alive and funny.As a parody, the story follows the same as the one of Tolkien s trilogy The Lord of the Rings minus some details and characters However, you can still follow this book s a lot shorter story, if you ve read the books or probably read some Wiki entries about them Anyway, this book, The Bored of the Rings was first published in 1969 so The Harvard Lampoon aimed this really for the readers and not the moviegoers who, in 2001 2003, saw the Oscar nominated winner film adaptations.However, I did not really like this book because of 2 reasons 1 I really liked the trilogy I fact, I found it amazing I will not repeat the reasons here as I will be like a broken record already Suffice it to say that any parody or copy cat works will seem like a blasphemy or second tier work for me That s how much I loved Tolkien and LOTR 2 The are many words or events in this parody that are not familiar to me For example, Goodgulf Gandalf is said to be a brand name used by Gulf Oil and I did not know that it is a premium grade of gasoline I also found some green jokes too much However, I loved the equivalent of Gondor, Twodor and for Mordor Fordor because these Gondor and Mordor were confusing for me while reading Tolkien Here it is easier to remember I also loved Minas Troney that sounded like my favorite soup This is Harvard Lampoon s equivalent to Minas Tirith.If you don t love The Lord of the Rings because it is too serious for you, try this one Guaranteed to make you laugh if you are not squeamish about green sex jokes Who knows, this may even perk up your interest to try Tolkien But not the other way around For the serious lovers of Tolkien, don t read this book.Well at least for me, it didn t work But I am not rating this with 1 star though It clearly specified its objective in its ForewordLastly, we hope that those of you who have read Prof Tolkien s remarkable trilogy already will not be offended by our little spoof of it All fooling aside, we consider ourselves honored to be able to make fun of such an impressive, truly masterful work of genius and imagination After all, that is the most important service a book can render, the rendering of enjoyment, in this case, enjoyment through laughter And don t trouble yourself too much if you don t laugh at what you are about to read, for it you perk up your pink little ears, you may hear the silvery thinkling of merriment in the air, far, far away Such an endearing forewarning, isn t it So I proceeded and read the book As I said, I laughed a little there and a little hear but not enough for me to like this book I liked Tolkien so much I do not want to make fun of him This is an extremely out to left field parody of a timeless fantasy classic Full of horrible puns, cheap shots and droll tongue in cheekery, it will infuriate purists and delight others. Can t believe I forgot about reading this after watching all three movies A quest, a war, a ring that would be grounds for calling any wedding off, a king without a kingdom, and a little, furry hero named Frito, ready or maybe just forced by the wizard of Goodgulf to undertake the one mission which can save Lower Middle Earth from enslavement by the evil Sorhed Luscious Elfmaidens, a roller skating dragon, ugly plants that can soul kiss the unwary to death these are just some of the ingredients in the wildest, wackiest, most irreverent excursion into fantasy realms that anyone has ever dared to undertake Unsubtle, gross, stupid, mechanical, but quite often funny My favorite line, which I often quote when hungry This better be food, cause I m gonna eat it And I liked Deus Ex Machina Airlines too And the introduction And the Council of Elrond, where Frito suggests just dropping the Ring down a storm drain, or pawning it and losing the ticket OK, OK, I admit it there is a lot of amusing material. Ahhhh the sweet, sweet scent of true comedy.The first time I read this, I nearly soiled myself laughing As with all comedy, repetition kind of diminishes the effect, but there are still laughs to be had Just from the beginning, when Dildo Bugger throws a party for the gluttonous freeloaders of the Sty, and the foists his Magic Ring off on his hapless nephew Frito, you know things can only go wacky.The folks at Harvard Lampoon did a brilliant job here, warping the characters of the original Ahhhh the sweet, sweet scent of true comedy.The first time I read this, I nearly soiled myself laughing As with all comedy, repetition kind of diminishes the effect, but there are still laughs to be had Just from the beginning, when Dildo Bugger throws a party for the gluttonous freeloaders of the Sty, and the foists his Magic Ring off on his hapless nephew Frito, you know things can only go wacky.The folks at Harvard Lampoon did a brilliant job here, warping the characters of the original story with the utmost love and respect, of course, for the money they re making from sales of the book into funhouse mirror images Thus brave Aragorn, son of Arathorn becomes Arrowroot, son of Arrowshirt, wielder of Krona, Conqueror of Dozens, whose foolproof strategy for dealing with overwhelming odds is to play dead Or wise and resourceful Gandalf becomes Goodgulf, the shifty con artist and 32nd degree Mason who is all too willing to let the Shadow win if it means he can escape with his hide and the majority of someone else s gold Legolas and Gimli become Legolam and Gimlet, sniping at each other with the kind of accuracy we could have only wished for in the films, and Merry and Pippin twist into Moxie and Pepsi, the blundering brothers who wish they were dead And so does everybody else.What really differentiates this book from, say The Sillymarillion, is that the Harvard Lampoon writers have allowed these warped characters to evolve in their own right So instead of forcing them along the path of the original story, the writers have broadened the guidelines a bit In other words, if you re looking for a one to one event correlation with the original books, you ll be disappointed But the major events and characters are all there, even though they ve compacted the entire three volume saga into a slim paperback of less than 150 pages So just sit back and enjoy it Whether you ve read the books or just seen the movie, you should be able to get a lot of good laughs out of this Tolkien s works were sacred and beloved in my family when I was growing up, and this Harvard Lampoon lampoon of the trilogy was outright HERESY hilarious heresy, that is The Harvard Lampoon was the late 1960s precursor to National Lampoon of Animal House , Vacation and Van Wilder fame Those boys at Harvard turned over every character, rock, and tree in Tolkien s universe, and exposed their lewd, gross, and satiric underbellies Really, it s a salacious guffaw fest fit for the pimply, Tolkien s works were sacred and beloved in my family when I was growing up, and this Harvard Lampoon lampoon of the trilogy was outright HERESY hilarious heresy, that is The Harvard Lampoon was the late 1960s precursor to National Lampoon of Animal House , Vacation and Van Wilder fame Those boys at Harvard turned over every character, rock, and tree in Tolkien s universe, and exposed their lewd, gross, and satiric underbellies Really, it s a salacious guffaw fest fit for the pimply, Tolkien loving fourteen year old boy in many of us Published in 1969, it is a product of its time Some readers today may not get some of its references anyone remember the laxative Serutan Good Gulf brand gas Richard M Nixon , and this book s Middle Earth has a heavy hippie era vibe along with a burlesque and peep show vibe But it s still a hysterical read, even now In the Preface alone, there is the best footnote ever written So, follow Frito, Spam, Moxie, and Pepsi, four boggies from the Sty, as they journey to drop the One Ring into the Zazu Pits and rid Lower Middle Earth from the machinations of the evil Sorhed, the Great Carbuncle of Doom with a little help from their friends Goodgulf Greyteeth, Stomper the Lone Ranger, and wretched little Goddam, while still finding time to stop for a visit with dear Uncle Dildo, fresh from playing another game of four letter Scrabble Don t try to read this if don t love LOTRs this very funny this joke book that will have you gigging I almost gave this book a 5, and I may yet go back and alter the start count before completing this review It s definitely worth at least a 4.5.I first read this book when loaned a copy by a high school friend Yes, I had read The Hobbit and the three volumes of The Lord of The Rings before picking up this slim, but powerful volume As soon as I read it, I ordered two yes, two copies of the book from a long since gone bookstore Since that day, I try to maintain ownership of two copies I almost gave this book a 5, and I may yet go back and alter the start count before completing this review It s definitely worth at least a 4.5.I first read this book when loaned a copy by a high school friend Yes, I had read The Hobbit and the three volumes of The Lord of The Rings before picking up this slim, but powerful volume As soon as I read it, I ordered two yes, two copies of the book from a long since gone bookstore Since that day, I try to maintain ownership of two copies of this book and have had to purchase several.Why two Quite simply, one to have as a loaner and one to have to re read when the mood strikes me If you paid attention to the had to purchase severalphrase, you d either think me a terribly forgetful person that loses things, a compulsive cleaner that tosses things prematurely, or a well meaning book lender that doesn t often get a certain book back bingo Yup, Bored of The Rings is like a sock in a dryer Sometimes it seems to slip into an alternate universe and then I am down to one or occasionally none Yes, I have loaned out the last copythan once I am considered by most to be an intelligent, smart and educated fellow, so why do I have this seeming blind spot to the probability of this books return Simply because it is the parody to define all parodies, IMHO No one would consider it high brow literature , but it manages in about 200 paperback pages to lampoon, twist, puncture, and if you will defile a lengthy, intricate, and amazing tale in six books, as defined by the author in a way that seems so natural, so precise, so funny as to have no equal, let alone superior I grant that humor is highly subjective, but there are certain universal concepts that funny men throughout the ages have used to get people to laugh We have names for these tools and constructions pathos, irony, sarcasm, hyperbole, plays on words aka puns , jokes We classify jokes knock knock, elephant, etc We analyze verbal, written and visual comedy Our greatest playwright wrote Comedies as well as Tragedies both survive today as high school reading assignments and actively performed plays by our leading lights of the stage Bored of The Rings uses many of these time tested methods plus knowledge of the original tale to create a weapon of mass amusement It has very shallow as well as mid range and deep jokes It assails one with its silliness and its cleverness all at once I will never meet Henry N Beard and I don t know if I have ever read anything else by him, but this book still brings a smile to my face just thinking about how to describe it.Don t mistake my praise for blindness This book is not fair This book attacks ethnic and social groups some mythological, somerealistic It blends a kind of written slapstick with thethinking humor of witty people, but it can offend and offers no apologies So, not everyone will embrace it or offer a kind review, but that should not stop you from trying it.It s difficult for me to say so much about how I enjoy this work without giving you examples of what I find so funny Even today, years later, I recall certain things that I will say to friends or associates But to present them here would be a double injustice first to the work itself, as often a line or two may be independently funny, but in context it is hilarious and second to you, as spoilers are often cherry picked from the best of anything and thus lessen your enjoyment when you finally decide to brave the waters Yes, mixed metaphors are probably in the book, too But let me this approach If you have read any of my previous reviews , you ll note that I recently read a parody of Frank Herbert s Dune Doon was less than I expected and hoped for and yet I thought it was a pretty good lampoon of the classic Nice puns, good translation of essential story elements and characters, etc but it just didn t click in the way I wanted As I read it I realized that I was comparing it to Bored of The Rings And, as I wrote that review I acknowledged that in doing so, I probably liked it less than it deserved and would someday read it again to see if it grew on me.And now a week or two after that I realize that it is the seemingly effortless way that Mr Beard created his savage parody of The Lord of The Rings that I was judging Doon by I doubt that I will ever consider another lampoon as completely funny and as well constructed Certainly it truncates off the end of the original, as most such books will, but it has this coherency, this clarity of wit that makes the book hold together so well in both the reading and the recollection of it.To fully appreciate it, one must have read the original Liking the original is probably also a prerequisite since it is in the details of the parody that some of the best humor awaits you Having watch the epic trilogy LOTR of Mr Jackson might not be enough The visual clues created by the movies are similar to, but different from the books and of course you don t have the original language to compare against the biting prose of BOTR That s my take on how best to prepare yourself for this slim, tour de force Now it s up to you to read it Hope you do Yes, I updated it to a 5.0