DM of the Rings I:
The Copious Backstory

By Shamus
on Sep 7, 2006
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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

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  1. […] very funny webcomic (with a completed story) best summarized by the author at the start of the very first […]

  2. […] DM of the rings : This is a very hilarious comic that poses the what if question to the D&D meets Lord of the Rings world. Using clips from the movie LOTR; the author asks what would happen if a group of D&D gamers were to play in the LOTR universe before it had ever come out to book or movie. Very, Very hilarious/true. This comic has been taken through completion. So if you make it all the way through it; you have read it all. […]

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  4. Fred says:

    I have discover and read your fabulous history on the french ludiste site, ah ah ah hilarous, great, nice …
    Happy to see your site

  5. […] it just copied another person’s idea named Shamus Young. He had started a web comic called DM of the Rings. It used screencaps from the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy to tell a narrative of a bunch of […]

  6. […] One of the Holy Grails of gaming is the “sandbox game”, where there is no overarching meta-plot, or even individual plot arcs, but where the characters are put into a world that is both realistic and autonomous, and allowed to interact in that world however they see fit. To a True Believer of the Way of the Sandbox, everything else is ‘railroading’, where the GM is nothing but a wannabe novelist who wants to Tell A Story. (Like this.) […]

  7. […] Euch folgenden Webcomic auf Twenty Sided an. Hier wird die Geschichte von Herr der Ringe einmal ganz anders erzählt. […]

  8. […] prequels being played out as a tabletop RPG. It’s inspired by Shamus Young’s DM of the Rings webcomic. Share and Enjoy: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share […]

  9. […] either (a) reads my blog, or (b) keeps an eye on my Facebook where my blog propagates. Either way: DM of the Rings Posted by THOR Filed in […]

  10. […] folks are probably at least aware of Shamus Young’s DM of the Rings series. It was the only web comic I’ve ever religiously checked every day, on the off chance […]

  11. […] folks are probably at least aware of Shamus Young’s DM of the Rings series. It was the only web comic I’ve ever religiously checked every day, on the off chance […]

  12. […] folks are probably at least aware of Shamus Young’s DM of the Rings series. It was the only web comic I’ve ever religiously checked every day, on the off chance […]

  13. […] folks are probably at least aware of Shamus Young’s DM of the Rings series. It was the only web comic I’ve ever religiously checked every day, on the off chance […]

  14. Misadventurous_Mely_O says:

    OH MY CHRIST! You are hilarious and totally capture bored gamers with lower level characters and a chatty Story teller. I really think this is fabulous.

  15. Lily Springs says:

    I love the whole series of Dm of the rings Shamus, you did such a wonderful job at creating it.

    P.S. I hope you do the hobbit when it comes out. :)

  16. Codeman says:

    Well.. good stuff first off.. but really it seems to me that early d&d was more based off conan and early cheesey fantasy pulp as opposed to lotr.. from what i have read about the origins of the game this seems to be more and more the case the hobbits and ents etc. where mainly thrown in there intially as more reconizable figures in a fantasy world or really just an example i guess.. the original rules where a framework and just do not not feel like lotr at all to me.. on the on the other hand once 1e came around and certainly by 2e the lotr cliches became more dominant as the rules and the world of d&d became more standardized and cohesive as they struggled to try to bring together not just a generic fantasy framwork for a game but a whole new fantasy mythos…

  17. […] by Shamus Young’s popular and LOL-able DM of the Rings, which takes scenes for the Lord of the Rings and replaces dialogue with that of a RPG group […]

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  23. Gabriel says:

    I just finished the last one. Absolutely hilarious! Thank you so much! If you’re just starting to read this strip, I envy you. My sides still hurt.

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  25. […] hysterical tale of gamers trapped in an epic, DM of the Rings is created from stills (in order) from the Lord of the Rings films. The author describes the […]

  26. […] DM of the Rings: Você é fã do Senhor dos Anéis? E de D&D? Então leia. Agora. Pode ir, eu espero. Já leu? Ótimo. Muito bom, né? Mas falando sério, um webcomic usando screenshots dos filmes, mostrando como seria um cara extremamente railroader mestrando a história do Senhor dos Anéis para um grupo num mundo onde Senhor dos Anéis não existe? Hilário. (Esse webcomic já terminou, então tecnicamente não o visito regularmente… mas é tão bom que merece um espaço aqui.) Não esqueça de ler os comentários abaixo de cada tirinha! […]

  27. Sebastian Redl says:

    Why is it that every so often, the server holding the images goes down?

  28. shervin says:

    so cool dude

  29. LotR fan says:

    very funny, did you make this with comic life?

  30. Kel'Thuzad says:

    This is now the default page when searching for “lord of the rings comic.” Congratulations.

  31. Ming says:

    LOLS! I’ll be wathcing this space..glad i found this comic!

  32. minx says:

    I think that this so cool

  33. […] I recommend starting at the beginning. […]

  34. […] is a pretty funny guy.  You really need to check out his fictonal campaign where he acts as the DM for the Lord of the Rings movies.  Great […]

  35. […] watching The Two Towers tonight reminded me of the web comic DM of the Rings. It’s pretty funny if you’re familiar with Lord of the Rings and/or Dungeons and […]

  36. Saoirse Young says:

    You should make an “archive” option if this is a finished comic, make it easier for those of us with a computer that habitually freezes and we end up clicking “next” 30 million times until we find our place again ^_^

    but this is HILARIOUS. I used to play D&D in college abut my DM was HILARIUS and very laid back. XD

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  41. Sadohov says:

    This picture is very funny! Thanks!

  42. Poet says:

    I liked Tolkien! Thanks for this cool pictures!

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  45. Aragorn says:

    I playz Mechwarrior! SHAMUSYOUNG FUCKING FTW

  46. Niley says:

    Oh my God… those players are a DISGRACE to all RPGers.

  47. Iksarmonk says:

    LOL That was hilarious.

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  51. Jenna says:

    HILARIOUS! :D

    I love me some nerds!

  52. DuendeChema says:

    OMG this is amazing, I’m loving it ;)

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