DM of the Rings I:
The Copious Backstory

By Shamus
on Sep 7, 2006
Filed under:
DM of the Rings

Lord of the Rings is more or less the foundation of modern D&D. The latter rose from the former, although the two are now so estranged that to reunite them would be an act of savage madness. Imagine a gaggle of modern hack-n-slash roleplayers who had somehow never been exposed to the original Tolkien mythos, and then imagine taking those players and trying to introduce them to Tolkien via a D&D campaign.

Lord of the Rings, D&D campaign
Lord of the Rings, D&D campaign

Enjoyed this post? Please share!


A Hundred!A Hundred!20202016There are more than 275 comments. But less than 277

From the Archives:

1 2 3 4 5

  1. […] relevent but, an amusing strip using LOTR movie stills about a group of tabletop D&D Players. DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory – Twenty Sided __________________ Kheld (65 Hnt), Kheldin (65 LM), Kheldar (65 Grd), Kheldrun (46 […]

  2. forzalove says:

    When all this work is done, a GM tends to want to share all this (it’s only natural, when you pour a lot of effort in something,seeking validation is normal). Thing is, the tendency of many GMs is to present this in the form of non-interactive presentations… (which often leads to this type of reaction from players)

  3. Daniella.sk says:

    Tak takýto prsteň by asi dobrovoľne nechcel nikto…

  4. […] DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory – Twenty Sided Posted on August 10, 2010 by timelady via shamusyoung.com […]

  5. […] other day I came across the webcomic The DM of the Rings. It’s about a bunch of gamers playing a D&D-style; game to the story of Lord of the […]

  6. […] Why I love the Internet. Posted on August 25, 2010 by wormme I’m still getting folks from Ace’s.  So there’s a good chance some of them know D & D.  Of that group, probably one hasn’t seen this great, great comic series. […]

  7. […] Going past the usual suspects, here’s a pic from Dogpile’s #8 return, at this site: […]

  8. […] DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory – Twenty Sided Hysterically funny LOTR RPG parody. (tags: lotr funny rpg webcomic d&d) « links for 2010-06-19 […]

  9. […] DM of the Rings uses stills from the movies to tell the tale as it would be if Lord of the Rings were a D&D campaign. It’s great stuff, since so much of what Gary Gygax used for inspiration in the creation of D&D came from Tolkien. […]

  10. […] you experienced this working well in actual play? You don’t need DM of the Rings to know that roleplayers will gleefully trample all over many novelistic effects. I’m […]

  11. […] the premise behind Darths & Droids was already played using The Lord of the Rings films in The DM of the […]

  12. […] of the rings – http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612 (a little note this links to the first of the series so it does go on for pages and will waste an […]

  13. […]  I didn’t really get into the long-running Lord Of The Rings semi-parody DM Of The Rings, but I’ve enjoyed Darths And Droids, which also re-imagines the events of famous movies as a […]

  14. […] Twenty Sided » Blog Archive » DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory (tags: gaming comics) […]

  15. […] [CHATROOM] The Readers' & Writers' Lounge DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory – Twenty Sided Haha, why haven't I read that before? PS Luck's got balls. […]

  16. Crossed upon your website, awesome article dude!

  17. […] Damage Table! Darths and Droids is a pretty good screencap webcomic (in the style of DM of the Rings), but I thought last Thursday's update (27 Jan 2011) was worthy of particular mention because it […]

  18. […] of Shamus Young, though, he intermittently includes the absolutely hilarious DM of the Rings in his blog. If you’re a gamer, you should definitely check it out. Filed under: Random […]

  19. ZenjiaoSan'noIthron says:

    I’ve read through this epic journey twice now, and still have not found the courage to peruse the final strip on that fateful friday. Someday, perhaps, I shall look upon it; but I hope not to, for then at length will the closing fully come to pass.

    I plan yet to review these early times anew yet further, and along the way I have to say thank you Shamus for all the work dedicated to such a piece of humor.

  20. Kanerou says:

    Still recommending this comic. I <3 it so much.

  21. […] look through the WHOLE thing, but it’s worth it.” And so, I gleefully present unto you The DM of The Rings Personally, I think it should rate up there with The Very Secret Diaries, but what do I […]

  22. […] his actions, I hear warning bells in my head. Word of advice: Run, do not walk, if there is a long and copious backstory. __________________ "I am the Black Mage! I cast the spells that makes the peoples fall […]

  23. […] just got done reading DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory its short but funny, especially if you are into table top rpgs and/or Lord of the Rings. […]

  24. […] DM of the rings: A very funny D&D/LOTR webcoming Has anyone seen this webcomic? It's very hilarious and I read the whole thing in one sitting, it's that good. Here it is. DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory – Twenty Sided […]

  25. […] will be a Pippin or a Saruman at best. Shamus Young said it best at "DM of the Rings." Start here if you've never read this comic before, but be prepared to lose at least an hour. […]

  26. […] structure of most media makes for a really terrible structure for an RPG adventure. For example, DM of the Rings. With that being said, you can use a linear structure as a starting point if you know what you're […]

  27. […] about Shamus Young during an interview with podcast Fear the Boot, and checked out his webcomic DM of the Rings the following morning. Six hours later, I had to bang out a few mission-critical tasks in a blind […]

  28. joey says:

    Images seem to want to come from http://shamusyoung.mu.nu/images/ which does no longer exist…

  29. […] are Order of the Stick (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots.html), Dungeon Master of the Rings (http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612) and Darths & Droids (http://darthsanddroids.net/) that you probably won't like or understand […]

  30. […] arise whenever a group of geeks sit down around a table and play Dungeons & Dragons. It starts here, but frankly, episode number thirty-seven (and it’s just caught up with the end of the first […]

  31. Brice says:

    Hi! This really is my 1st comment right here thus i i would like to provide a quick shout out and show you I absolutely love reading your blog posts. Could you recommend some other blogs

  32. […] that presents the Star Wars prequels as if they were a game of Dungeons and Dragons. It’s not an original concept, apparanty, but it strokes enough of my nerdbones to make me not care. As well as the […]

  33. […] a series about a group of roleplayers. Other series that are like this are Darths and Droids and DM of the Ring, both of which are great websites and you should give them a look when you’ve finished […]

  34. One thing I would like to reply to is that weightloss program fast may be accomplished by the right diet and exercise. A person’s size not just affects the look, but also the quality of life. Self-esteem, major depression, health risks, as well as physical ability are afflicted in fat gain. It is possible to just make everything right whilst still having a gain. Should this happen, a problem may be the offender. While a lot food and not enough work out are usually at fault, common medical conditions and traditionally used prescriptions might greatly enhance size. Many thanks for your post right here.

  35. […] det vore ren galenskap att försöka återförena dem. Shamus Young gjorde en seriesida för att illustrera hur det skulle se ut, han fick så mycket uppskattning för den att det till slut blev blev sådär hundrafemtio […]

  36. […] group to follow it knowing that other groups will not readily become a frequenter of the site. In Shamus Young’s website, his layout shows nothing promising or visually appealing outside of a few elements. His […]

  37. […] times when such a thing is appropriate and appreciated, the gaming table is never one of them. (See DM of the Rings if you need a humorous […]

  38. […] blogging for quite some time, and originally attracted people to his site with a webcomic called “DM of the Rings” – which takes the Lord of the Rings movies and Dungeons and Dragons jokes, puts them in a blender […]

  39. […] Network Radio did a special interview with Shamus Young, the creator of the popular webcomic DM of the Rings. They talk about the webcomic, as well as some of Shamus’ other work including his recently […]

  40. […] Posted on April 19, 2012 by Cirdan These are awesome. LOTR Comics This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. « Minecraft is destroying […]

  41. scorpioneldar says:

    lol i love mechwarrior so i get where he is coming from
    great first page think i will read this now

  42. […] http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612 This entry was posted in News and tagged comic, dungeons and dragons, rpg. Bookmark the permalink. ← Star Wars Weekends 2009, Week 4 Video of My Wife in the Supermarket → […]

  43. pedestrian says:

    I’m not sure but the MechWarriors wouldn’t have been a trope to Tales of MU by any chance? I’ve only been reading it online the last few months and I think it Alexandra Erin began it back in ’05 or ’06 if I remember correctly.

    demongirl Mackenzie Blaise does enjoy her MechWarrior “action figures”.

  44. Silverwing says:

    Good lord, this is hilarious! I think it’s especially entertaining for me because I get all the refs and jokes. I may be a girl but I’m the D.M. of my local D&D group and I’m a huge LOTR fanatic. Great job!

  45. […] je v podstatě řečeno vše – narazil jsem na úžasný komiks, o který se s vámi musím podělit. Někomu možná budou k plnému pochopení scházet určité […]

  46. […] the webcomic DM of the Rings the players never actually appear onstage but they can be inferred to be male and mostly […]

  47. […] if one notes the racial descriptions of Elves and Dwarves. If you have ever seen Shamus Young’s DM of the Rings you know how easily Tolkien’s work can be translated into a believable campaign of a table top […]

  48. […] then there’s this little piece of genius. I think it was posted in the Links section of these Boards already, but it’s worth pimping […]

  49. […] place. Don’t tell me this has never happened to you. Also, I recommend checking out this entire comic. It’s […]

  50. […] horribly off-track. Anyone who’s seen the “D&D campaign as parody” of both the LOTR films and the Star Wars series can probably see that while that assertion’s funny for people […]

  51. […] to try it though, and you think you can do it despite these warnings, first go read the wonderful DM of the Rings for additional evidence along this vein of thought. Then, if you go ahead with it, please let me […]

  52. […] Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS. The concept is supposedly to follow in the footsteps of DM of the Rings and Darths and Droids; which is to say that the webcomic is presented as if StrikerS is an RPG […]

  53. […] Star Wars: Episode I (The Saga Begins) as a roleplaying campaign. Apparently inspired by DM of the Rings, but funnier in terms of making sense of the weaknesses of the source […]

  54. […] a period when I discovered some entertaining looks at RPG’s and RPG culture.  Comics like DM of the Rings and Order of the Stick didn’t just introduce me to the games, they made them look fun!  […]

  55. […] a number of problems with this ambiguity occur. This was even parodied here in the web comic DM of the Rings where whether or not Frodo managed to destroy the One Ring came down to a single d20 roll and the […]

  56. […] takes a back-seat to Narrative, and the GM has a huge plot set up in advance. Webcomics like DM of the Rings and Darths & Droids firmly show what this sort of campaign looks like, by re-imagining Lord of […]

  57. […] att bara en galning skulle försöka återförena dem. Shamus Young gjorde en seriesida för att illustrera hur det skulle se ut, han fick så mycket uppskattning för den att det till slut blev blev sådär hundrafemtio […]

  58. […] ” (http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0001.html) and “DM of the Rings” (http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612). I’ll be trying to cover Halo: Reach as a tabletop RPG. Don’t expect too much from the […]

1 2 3 4 5

53 Trackbacks

  1. By Game related jokes - Codemasters Forums on Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 10:04 am

    […] relevent but, an amusing strip using LOTR movie stills about a group of tabletop D&D Players. DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory – Twenty Sided __________________ Kheld (65 Hnt), Kheldin (65 LM), Kheldar (65 Grd), Kheldrun (46 […]

  2. […] DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory – Twenty Sided Posted on August 10, 2010 by timelady via shamusyoung.com […]

  3. By Gamers and Those Who Love Them – oh I am on Fri Aug 13, 2010 at 10:18 am

    […] other day I came across the webcomic The DM of the Rings. It’s about a bunch of gamers playing a D&D-style; game to the story of Lord of the […]

  4. […] Why I love the Internet. Posted on August 25, 2010 by wormme I’m still getting folks from Ace’s.  So there’s a good chance some of them know D & D.  Of that group, probably one hasn’t seen this great, great comic series. […]

  5. By Bedtime search string. | World's Only Rational Man on Wed Aug 25, 2010 at 4:47 am

    […] Going past the usual suspects, here’s a pic from Dogpile’s #8 return, at this site: […]

  6. By links for 2010-09-03 at a convenient truth on Fri Sep 3, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    […] DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory – Twenty Sided Hysterically funny LOTR RPG parody. (tags: lotr funny rpg webcomic d&d) « links for 2010-06-19 […]

  7. […] DM of the Rings uses stills from the movies to tell the tale as it would be if Lord of the Rings were a D&D campaign. It’s great stuff, since so much of what Gary Gygax used for inspiration in the creation of D&D came from Tolkien. […]

  8. […] you experienced this working well in actual play? You don’t need DM of the Rings to know that roleplayers will gleefully trample all over many novelistic effects. I’m […]

  9. […] http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612 […]

  10. […] the premise behind Darths & Droids was already played using The Lord of the Rings films in The DM of the […]

  11. By Writing Delay « Technocratic Education on Tue Nov 2, 2010 at 6:36 am

    […] of the rings – http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612 (a little note this links to the first of the series so it does go on for pages and will waste an […]

  12. […]  I didn’t really get into the long-running Lord Of The Rings semi-parody DM Of The Rings, but I’ve enjoyed Darths And Droids, which also re-imagines the events of famous movies as a […]

  13. By links for 2009-01-30 | Rebecca Thomas Designs on Sun Nov 28, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    […] Twenty Sided » Blog Archive » DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory (tags: gaming comics) […]

  14. […] [CHATROOM] The Readers' & Writers' Lounge DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory – Twenty Sided Haha, why haven't I read that before? PS Luck's got balls. […]

  15. […] Damage Table! Darths and Droids is a pretty good screencap webcomic (in the style of DM of the Rings), but I thought last Thursday's update (27 Jan 2011) was worthy of particular mention because it […]

  16. […] of Shamus Young, though, he intermittently includes the absolutely hilarious DM of the Rings in his blog. If you’re a gamer, you should definitely check it out. Filed under: Random […]

  17. By My friend John | WereGamer on Tue Apr 12, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    […] look through the WHOLE thing, but it’s worth it.” And so, I gleefully present unto you The DM of The Rings Personally, I think it should rate up there with The Very Secret Diaries, but what do I […]

  18. […] his actions, I hear warning bells in my head. Word of advice: Run, do not walk, if there is a long and copious backstory. __________________ "I am the Black Mage! I cast the spells that makes the peoples fall […]

  19. By Webcomics, what are you reading? - Page 2 on Wed May 4, 2011 at 2:35 am

    […] just got done reading DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory its short but funny, especially if you are into table top rpgs and/or Lord of the Rings. […]

  20. […] DM of the rings: A very funny D&D/LOTR webcoming Has anyone seen this webcomic? It's very hilarious and I read the whole thing in one sitting, it's that good. Here it is. DM of the Rings I:The Copious Backstory – Twenty Sided […]

  21. […] will be a Pippin or a Saruman at best. Shamus Young said it best at "DM of the Rings." Start here if you've never read this comic before, but be prepared to lose at least an hour. […]

  22. […] structure of most media makes for a really terrible structure for an RPG adventure. For example, DM of the Rings. With that being said, you can use a linear structure as a starting point if you know what you're […]

  23. […] DM of the Rings. […]

  24. By Friday Fun: DM Of the Rings | brickcommajason on Fri Jul 1, 2011 at 11:04 am

    […] about Shamus Young during an interview with podcast Fear the Boot, and checked out his webcomic DM of the Rings the following morning. Six hours later, I had to bang out a few mission-critical tasks in a blind […]

  25. By Favorite web comics -- and why? on Mon Aug 1, 2011 at 5:48 am

    […] are Order of the Stick (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots.html), Dungeon Master of the Rings (http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612) and Darths & Droids (http://darthsanddroids.net/) that you probably won't like or understand […]

  26. By The DM Of The Rings » Rob Farquhar - Writer on Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 6:04 am

    […] arise whenever a group of geeks sit down around a table and play Dungeons & Dragons. It starts here, but frankly, episode number thirty-seven (and it’s just caught up with the end of the first […]

  27. By Digested: 16/10/11 | Tom Alexander on Sun Oct 16, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    […] that presents the Star Wars prequels as if they were a game of Dungeons and Dragons. It’s not an original concept, apparanty, but it strokes enough of my nerdbones to make me not care. As well as the […]

  28. […] a series about a group of roleplayers. Other series that are like this are Darths and Droids and DM of the Ring, both of which are great websites and you should give them a look when you’ve finished […]

  29. […] Website: http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale […]

  30. […] det vore ren galenskap att försöka återförena dem. Shamus Young gjorde en seriesida för att illustrera hur det skulle se ut, han fick så mycket uppskattning för den att det till slut blev blev sådär hundrafemtio […]

  31. By No Manga Post Today! | RandomFandom Blog on Thu Feb 2, 2012 at 9:19 am

    […] http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612 […]

  32. By What does your audience see? « jakeleung on Sat Feb 4, 2012 at 12:37 am

    […] group to follow it knowing that other groups will not readily become a frequenter of the site. In Shamus Young’s website, his layout shows nothing promising or visually appealing outside of a few elements. His […]

  33. By DnD + Herr der Ringe = episch? | Daraja OT-Blog on Thu Feb 23, 2012 at 10:40 am

    […] http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612 […]

  34. By » Set Expectations Story Papers on Fri Feb 24, 2012 at 4:43 am

    […] times when such a thing is appropriate and appreciated, the gaming table is never one of them. (See DM of the Rings if you need a humorous […]

  35. […] blogging for quite some time, and originally attracted people to his site with a webcomic called “DM of the Rings” – which takes the Lord of the Rings movies and Dungeons and Dragons jokes, puts them in a blender […]

  36. […] Network Radio did a special interview with Shamus Young, the creator of the popular webcomic DM of the Rings. They talk about the webcomic, as well as some of Shamus’ other work including his recently […]

  37. By Comics! | Elven Havens.com on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    […] Posted on April 19, 2012 by Cirdan These are awesome. LOTR Comics This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. « Minecraft is destroying […]

  38. By “The DM of the Rings” Web Comic | gappage.com on Fri May 11, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    […] http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612 This entry was posted in News and tagged comic, dungeons and dragons, rpg. Bookmark the permalink. ← Star Wars Weekends 2009, Week 4 Video of My Wife in the Supermarket → […]

  39. […] je v podstatě řečeno vše – narazil jsem na úžasný komiks, o který se s vámi musím podělit. Někomu možná budou k plnému pochopení scházet určité […]

  40. By Seeing « Rose Glace's Blog on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 12:21 am

    […] the webcomic DM of the Rings the players never actually appear onstage but they can be inferred to be male and mostly […]

  41. […] if one notes the racial descriptions of Elves and Dwarves. If you have ever seen Shamus Young’s DM of the Rings you know how easily Tolkien’s work can be translated into a believable campaign of a table top […]

  42. By Web Comics | Nova Atlantis on Tue Oct 2, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    […] then there’s this little piece of genius. I think it was posted in the Links section of these Boards already, but it’s worth pimping […]

  43. By Hail Citizen » Your Dice Are Not Your Enemies on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 12:02 am

    […] place. Don’t tell me this has never happened to you. Also, I recommend checking out this entire comic. It’s […]

  44. By ON UNEXPECTED EVENTS « EVERYTHING/NOTHING on Fri Dec 7, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    […] horribly off-track. Anyone who’s seen the “D&D campaign as parody” of both the LOTR films and the Star Wars series can probably see that while that assertion’s funny for people […]

  45. […] to try it though, and you think you can do it despite these warnings, first go read the wonderful DM of the Rings for additional evidence along this vein of thought. Then, if you go ahead with it, please let me […]

  46. […] Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS. The concept is supposedly to follow in the footsteps of DM of the Rings and Darths and Droids; which is to say that the webcomic is presented as if StrikerS is an RPG […]

  47. By Linkfest | Erica Schultz (.com) on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    […] Star Wars: Episode I (The Saga Begins) as a roleplaying campaign. Apparently inspired by DM of the Rings, but funnier in terms of making sense of the weaknesses of the source […]

  48. By GM in Training: The One Ring | Wilderness Dessert on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    […] a period when I discovered some entertaining looks at RPG’s and RPG culture.  Comics like DM of the Rings and Order of the Stick didn’t just introduce me to the games, they made them look fun!  […]

  49. By The Journeyman GM » Thoughts on “Goblin Dice” on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    […] a number of problems with this ambiguity occur. This was even parodied here in the web comic DM of the Rings where whether or not Frodo managed to destroy the One Ring came down to a single d20 roll and the […]

  50. By Types of Games | Fistful of Wits on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    […] takes a back-seat to Narrative, and the GM has a huge plot set up in advance. Webcomics like DM of the Rings and Darths & Droids firmly show what this sort of campaign looks like, by re-imagining Lord of […]

  51. […] att bara en galning skulle försöka återförena dem. Shamus Young gjorde en seriesida för att illustrera hur det skulle se ut, han fick så mycket uppskattning för den att det till slut blev blev sådär hundrafemtio […]

  52. By RPG Comic Series- Coming Soon | Uplink Complete on Fri May 31, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    […] ” (http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0001.html) and “DM of the Rings” (http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612). I’ll be trying to cover Halo: Reach as a tabletop RPG. Don’t expect too much from the […]

  53. […] DM of the Rings. […]

Leave a Reply

Comments are moderated and may not be posted immediately. Required fields are marked *

*
*

Thanks for joining the discussion. Be nice, don't post angry, and enjoy yourself. This is supposed to be fun.

You can enclose spoilers in <strike> tags like so:
<strike>Darth Vader is Luke's father!</strike>

You can make things italics like this:
Can you imagine having Darth Vader as your <i>father</i>?

You can make things bold like this:
I'm <b>very</b> glad Darth Vader isn't my father.

You can make links like this:
I'm reading about <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darth_Vader">Darth Vader</a> on Wikipedia!

You can quote someone like this:
Darth Vader said <blockquote>Luke, I am your father.</blockquote>