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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  2. […] Shamus Young’s webcomic DM Of The Rings is a hilarious retelling of the Lord Of The Rings saga as a Dungeons & Dragons quest.  Quite recognisable – I felt I was 20 years in the past again […]

  3. […] while checking the latest posts on BoingBoing I stumbled upon the mention of this hilarious webcomic. If you are a fan of D&D and/or Tolkien’s work, you really should check this out, […]

  4. Wrathchild says:

    Congratulations on being Boing Boinged!

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  29. Zafrina says:

    omg, ive read all of this and im like ROTFL pretty much every single one. and going EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

  30. count says:

    Hey Shamus, I don’t know if you’d do this or not, but I figured it would be worth a shot… I just finished reading this comic and I found it hilarious. I was wondering if you had a downloadable packet of all the comics? I know you said you couldn’t publish them because of copyright issues, but I’d just like to be able to show a few people who are internet-lacking.

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  32. Maxim says:

    Wery interest comix :)

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  44. Rose says:

    I just thought I’d let you know I made a post on my own blog suggesting people look at this one. :)

    http://www.themagicallibrary.com/tmlblog/?p=377

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  50. admin says:

    Very nice. I love it!

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    by Shamus Young’s popular and LOL-able DM of the Rings

  55. Марк says:

    DM of the Rings cool!!

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