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It was re-issued a few years ago.
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My contributions from a thread almost lost in the mists of time.

"Hairy toes, I love hairy toes!"

"They melt in your brain, not in your hands!"

"Argle bargle morble whoosh."

"O Dragonbreth! Gilthorpial!"

"A esso sysanon decca hi hawaya." "O movado silvathin nytol nicetaseeya."

"Fear not, I have come to make peas with you!"
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Link to the thread, started in 2003, re-animated every so often.

https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb...d.php?t=153081
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The current edition has footnotes to explain (more or less) the references! I feel old!

The audiobook is available on Hoopladigital, read by Jim Meskimen.

Sample from the foreword, about the Boggies:
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It is nevertheless clear from their heavy accents and fondness for dishes cooked in Brylcreem that somewhere in the past they went west in steerage. {note: Brylcreem was a men's hair styling product back in the days when it was culturally acceptable for men to have hair.} Their legends and old songs, which deal mainly with oversexed elves and dragons in heat, make passing mention of the area around the Anacin River, between Plywood and the Papier-mache Mountains. {note: a combination of caffeine and aspirin, Anacin is an effective headache relief and a terrible Halloween favor. One popular variant, Anacin Skywalker, was recalled after the destruction of Alderaan.}
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The current edition has footnotes to explain (more or less) the references! I feel old!

The audiobook is available on Hoopladigital, read by Jim Meskimen.

Sample from the foreword, about the Boggies:
I gotta have this!
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I like it. And it was written decades before I was born.

A lot of the humor feels... I'm not really sure how to to word this. It reads like a bunch of college kids on a sugar-high stayed up until three in the morning shouting "Hey, I know! What if they rode sheep? Sheeeep!" As opposed a guy sitting at the computer, ticking off plot points and trying to think of the next part to tweak into something lolrandom.

Like, at one point I bought a book called "The Sillymarillion" because I thought that was the title of an actual BotR sequel. And it starts off in the first paragraph with that sort of manic energy, and then it kind of petered out. I mean, still kind of funny for the first few chapters, but it was a predictable kind of funny. Eventually it became basically "obligatory plot point, swap in something silly like making Huan a ferret, add a few running gags, next obligatory plot point". There's a certain method to BotR's madness that's hard to capture.
(To be fair, the Silmarillion is an entirely different sort of book than LotR, and the BotR-style of parody doesn't work unless you make significant changes).
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I think there's a balrog in the woodpile here.

I made the error of virtually memorizing BOTR before I tried reading LOTR. Actually I tried to start with The Hobbit. I couldn't get past the first chapter.
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Must dig my copy out and read again.
My grandson will probably like it.
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Just reading this thread is making me giggle. I read it in 1970 and it's alarming how much of it is still committed to memory. Whenever Villanova turns up in March Madness the phrase "cruel runes" pops into mind, followed by "aiyeee! A ballhog!"
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Read it the appropriate age (high school) - did enjoy it.

Always liked the description of a valuable gift Dildo was given - 'A plover's egg the size of an emerald'.
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Twas pity stayed his hand. "It's a pity I've run out of bullets"
That is a great line.

I tried to read it in college. I read enough that I recognize most of the references given here, but I don't think I finished it.
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That class of the Harvard Lampoon (Henry Beard, Doug Kenney) gave us the National Lampoon...which in turn, through it's Radio Dinner project, gave us the first generation of Saturday Night Live (Michael O'Donoghue, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Bill Murrray...). So there's a direct connection between Bored of the Rings and 50% of everything funny in the last 40 years.
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