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Bored of the Rings

No doubt required reading for nerds of a certain age, on the surface the jokes are juvenile, but the text is laced with love for the finer details; a lesser spoof would have neglected things like Tolkien’s appendices or the ‘Concerning Hobbits’ prologue. This book rewards an appreciation of Tolkien’s style, his world-building, his excesses. I’m not sure I’ve ever laughed harder than finding an asterisk next to a nod to a king, following it down to the footnote, and reading, “Either Arglebargle IV or someone else.” -Adam Bertocci


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.

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