Bored of the Rings (abbreviated BOTR) is a short satirical novel by Henry N. Beard and Douglas C. Kenney parodying The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. It was first published in 1969 by Signet for the Harvard Lampoon.
This parody follows the general plot of The Lord of the Rings, including the Preface, Prologue, poetry, and songs, making light of all that Tolkien made very serious (e.g. "He would have finished him off then and there, but pity stayed his hand. It's a pity I've run out of bullets, he thought, as he went back up the tunnel..."). Names and the various languages are parodied by using brand names of products, which mimic their sounds. There are many topical references, which, like the brand names, are now dated.
The Signet first edition cover, which parodies the paperback cover of The Lord of the Rings by artist Barbara Remington , was drawn by Michael K. Frith. William S. Donnell's parody map of Lower Middle Earth substitutes Tüdør for Gondor and Fördør for Mordor.
|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||Samwise Gamgee|
||Moxie, a soft drink brand; see also Dingleberry/Dingleberry||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||the tool or cocktail gimlet, groin||Gimli, son of Glóin|
|Legolam||"leg of lamb"||Legolas|
|Bromosel||Bromo-Seltzer, 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) (Both Tudor and Fordor were once models of Ford cars.)
|Sauron, ruler of Mordor|
|Serutan the wizard of Isinglass||Serutan is the name of a laxative product, the name of which is "Natures" spelled backwards;
Isinglass, a substance used in clarifying wine.
|Saruman, the wizard of Isengard|
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. In these games, Frodo and Bilbo Baggins were renamed Fordo and Bimbo Faggins.
Bored of the Rings is also the running title of MAD Magazine's three parodies of the "Lord of the Rings" films. The first, a satire of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, appeared in the April 2002 issue as "Bored of the Rings: The Feeble Shtick of Ka-Ching!" The second followed in the April 2003 edition of MAD Magazine; The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers became Bored of the Rings: The Two+ Hours. The final film of the trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, was spoofed in MAD's April 2004 issue as "Bored of the Rings: Rehash of the Thing." All three parodies were illustrated by Hermann Mejia and written by Desmond Devlin.
While a few of the characters have the same parodied names as listed above (notably Legolamb, Sorehead, and Spam Gangrene), the rest have different names. Other characters in these parodies include: Dodo Gaggings, Billboard Gaggings, Gandoof the Gray (or Gandoof the White), Argon, Gimmicki, Golfclub (aka Cheeseball or Jar-Jar Jr.), Baggybuns, Pimple, Peppercorn, Aspercreme, and the Slobbits. The parodies emphasize the films' tortured or illogical plot points and sometimes glacial pacing:
Billboard Gaggings: "Dodo, I want you to have this. It's magic Slobbit chain mail that will protect you from harm!"
Dodo Gaggings: "Nice timing! The only way this gift could matter more to me is if I'd gotten it back in the Shire! You know, like before I got stabbed?"
Bored of the Rings is also the title of a movie parody written in 2005 by Glenn Millar. Although inspired by the Harvard Lampoon book, the movie has updated the language and includes numerous references to drugs and homosexuality, for example, Gandalf becomes "Ganj-alf the Green".
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