“Bored of the Rings” by the Harvard Lampoon

BoredoftheRings

artemisiconThis book has a special place in my heart, and I understand it’s the weirdest book to have an emotional attachment too, but bare with me!

I read the Hobbit in grade 6, and when I made it to high school I found out there was another series that takes place after that book. I never had the chance to get the books until after the first movie came out. My neighbor was a HUGE Lord of the Rings nerd and as a gift he bought me the trilogy. After I read the first book, he let me borrow his copy of Bored of the Rings.

This book was originally published in 1969, so as you can imagine, the humor is a little different. I read the book for the first time over 15 years ago, and to this day I am still randomly quoting it. So it left a HUGE impact on me.

The story follows the original Lord of the Rings (books, not movies for obvious reasons) so if you’ve seen the movies and not read the books, a lot of events and characters won’t make sense. Even though it’s only 160 pages, and some things were changed for humor reasons, it follows the heart of the story rather well!

The rest of it …is just parody. In the age of Abridged series, Parody’s, and spoof’s, this book fits perfectly. The humor is rather in your face, and at first I thought it was just juvenile and odd, but since I have been watching more things on Youtube, I find a lot of people have the same sense of humor. Watching Game Grumps, I see a lot of the same thought processes in their humor, as what’s in the almost 50 year old book. I think because it’s so heavy handed and in your face, that’s why it’s funny. Like when Goodgulf (Gandalf) casts an elaborate smokey spell to illustrate the evilness of the ring, and Legolam (Legolas) runs behind him to kick the smoking grenade out of the room. It’s almost as if they took the scene, and said what’s the most outrageous and funny thing could we do to it?

My version of the book was published in 2012, and I don’t remember the book I read back in like, the late 90’s early 2000’s, so I don’t know if anything was changed. But in my new book there are footnotes (equally as hilarious as the rest of the book) explaining names and words used, but the footnotes have very modern references. It would be interesting to get an older published book, and a newer one, to compare and see if any words were changed.

Not a child friendly parody. To give you a hint, Bilbo Baggins was renamed Dildo Buggers …but I did read it when I was about 15 or 16, so it’s not completely horrible.

I love this book, it’s one of my favorites. I typically read at night before bed, and I’d get laughing so badly I’d wake up my boyfriend. This kind of humor is not everyone’s cup of tea, and not everyone likes parody’s. If it’s done well, I love it. And my sense of humor loves this book.

 

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