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The Sillymarillion: An Unauthorized Parody of J.R.R. Tolkien's Classic The Silmarillion [Paperback]

D.R. Lloyd

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Book Description

Sept. 28 2004
Blasphemy! Heresy! Not since Bored of the Rings has there been such a blatant desecration of the sacred works of J.R.R. Tolkien! True fans of Middle-earth, rise up against this upstart and his distorted retelling of The Silmarillion, Tolkien's history of the world before The Lord of the Rings. No self-respecting Dark Lord would ever enter a rapping competition, nor would beautiful elf-maidens ever behave like this! The greatest tragic love story in fantasy history was not made possible through the efforts of a ferret, nor were the great battles of Beleriand covered by TV news crews! Don Lloyd's The Sillymarillion dares to be the first and only, and therefore we can claim without contradiction, the funniest, the most outrageous, parody of the wildly famous old professor's fiction in the last generation. The action begins in the land of Valium, an idyllic paradise, but now the tranquility has been shattered by the theft of the magical Siliputi by the Dark Lord Mostgoth. The King of the Neuter has vowed revenge and his people have rebelled against the gods themselves. Fleeing to the continent of Myrtle-earth in pursuit of their enemy, the Neuter become embroiled in a war that will last for hundreds of years, bringing great triumphs and tragedies as the free peoples of the world flight for their very existence. The reader will encounter polka-dotted elves, cross-dressing gods, and rodents possessed by malevolent spirits, but these will all somehow seem strangely familiar...Parodies - Bored of the Rings and in The Soddit - have sold extremely well

Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Cold Spring Press (Sept. 28 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593600259
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593600259
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.3 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #259,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The First Age Was Never So Fun! Oct. 15 2004
By D. L. Smith - Published on
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DR Lloyd has followed in the footsteps of the Harvard Lampoon's "Bored of the Rings" with a delightful, if dense, retelling of the Silmarillion. This book is really only for die-hard Tolkien fans, but if you are up for it you will not be disappointed.
The best part of Lloyd's work is in "re-imagining" (as Tim Burton might say) the endless parade of elf and mortal names, god and goddesses, rivers, lakes and streams... on and on with great results. Enter, if you dare, the evil world of Mostgoth and his minions, the irks... Join Cootiegerm and Curad as they struggle to regain the prized creation of their father, the Siliputi... and laugh all the way.
This parody isn't as good as Bored of the Rings, but it stands by itself as a loving tribute of a Tolkien nerd to the Professor (who undoubtedly would not approve!).
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silly Sillymarillion! Nov. 26 2006
By Julian P. Huff - Published on
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Well, unlike "Bored of the Rings," this book is newly written. It doesn't suffer from the dated terms and humor of the former and the author is very creative with the jokes and twisted words he uses to make this an intelligent at times but generally silly parody of the original work. Again, if you don't mind a little fun being poked at a literary classic, this book will give you a few smiles and maybe even some full on laughter.

I rate this work as first rate for the type of work it is (parody). Can't think of much that could have been done better with it.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous for people with recent abdominal surgery. Oct. 22 2008
By C.S. 'Archer' Marks - Published on
Perhaps I should first explain the title of this review. Every time I open this book (to any random page) and allow myself to read, I nearly bust a gut from laughing. Now, I will admit to being one of the world's biggest fans of 'The Silmarillion', but I also have a huge sense of humor. I love a good parody. This book is SO silly (in a good way) that you'll derive hours of red-faced, tear-streaked enjoyment from it.

You must have read 'The Silmarillion' to get the impact(a parody is pretty meaningless if one has not read the original), and if you are a 'Tolkien Zealot' you will need to suspend your zeal for the moment and just enjoy this book for what it is: hilarious!

Highly recommended (except to people who have recently undergone abdominal surgery)

--C.S. Marks
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Not-So-Sillymarillion Nov. 5 2007
By Terri Shetler - Published on
I just didn't think it was funny. I love Tolkien and I love parodies, but this just didn't do it for me. I've read funnier parodies of Tolkien's work on fanfiction sites.

I think the best word I can come up with for this book is "tired." And did I mention it wasn't funny?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny to a point... Oct. 22 2008
By Michael Valdivielso - Published on
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This is a parody of The Silmarillion, you know, that book about the history of the elves that seems to last a billion years? Well, this is funnier, in a way, but not as long. Yet it also seems to repeat itself a lot. There is only so many times I will find smutty elves funny. And yes, some people may be insulted or outraged. Mostly because the author does seem to hit a few other books, movies and television series while creating this silly masterpiece. I doubt it will be as well remembered as Bored of the Rings, but it will come a close third, after Doon.

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