The Sillymarillion: An Unauthorized Parody of J.R.R. Tolkien's Classic The Silmarillion Paperback – Sep 28 2004
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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!).
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.
I have a very checkered past with the Silmarillion. I have tried to read it three times, and every time I failed to make it more than 1/3 through the book. I don't know why, but I cannot persevere over it.
The Sillymarillion is wonderful, though, because it gives me all the background knowledge that a lover of (almost) all things JRRT should have, while being funny and well-paced. If you can't get through the Silmarillion, read this first and then try again.
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)