At the end of the 1960s, Henry Beard and Douglas Kenney published the book “Bored of the Rings”, a parody of “Lord of the Rings” which the French readership would later discover under the title “Lord of the Ringards”. Focus.
A quest, a war, a ring… Not to mention a little guy with hairy feet, of course! The poor Rascal finds himself embarked by the magician Grandpaf in a crazy thing: save the Middle Pairs from the evil Salkon and Saroulmal, the renegade magician. VSDoes the pitch mean anything to you? It’s normal ! It features the outline of a famous Lord of the Rings parody!
Published in 1969, the book Bored of the Rings, written by Henry Beard and Douglas Kenney (future creators of the humor magazine National Lampoon), quickly enjoys a nice cult status. Rare for a parody, the book, whose cover was designed by Michael K. Fritz, designer of the Muppets, will remain in print for more than four decades, with the privilege of being translated into ten languages.
In France, Bored of the Rings, which can be addressed to both fans of Fantasy and those who hate the genre, comes out at Editions Bragelonne under the title Lord of the Nerves.
In the review Mythlore, the critic David Bratman, a Tolkien specialist, was complimentary about Bored of the Rings, stating that “the parodists have written much better than they thought.” As for the author Mike Sachs, he considers that the book has inspired many screenwriters who have distinguished themselves in pop culture, in particular certain feathers of the Saturday Night Live.
If you are a fan of Tolkien’s masterpiece, or if you just want to have a good laugh – like several million readers around the world – do not hesitate to try the experience. Bored of the Rings. Finally, let’s note that a parody comic strip also attacks with humor and impertinence the universe of Lord of the Rings. Title Middle Earth but a little to the left, it is available from Editions Jungle.
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