DM of the Rings V:
First Encounter

By Shamus Posted Friday Sep 15, 2006

Filed under: DM of the Rings 35 comments

Lord of the Rings, D&D campaign, The Fellowship needs a cleric, Nine Nazgul, Beastiary, Boo-Ya, Eat It KNAVE

Remember: That which does not kill you was simply not permitted to do so for the purposes of the plot.


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35 thoughts on “DM of the Rings V:
First Encounter

  1. BeckoningChasm says:

    These things just keep getting funnier and funnier.

  2. pdwalker says:


    I wonder how it all ends?

    1. Ron says:

      Rocks fall, everyone dies.

  3. Heather says:

    Hehehe. I love the staying in character bit. Did you ask the guys if you could use direcct quotes like that????

  4. FMira says:

    Just great…

    Please continue… XD

  5. HC says:

    Keep going! Great fun.

  6. kat says:

    It’s funny ’cause it’s true!

  7. Shaku says:


  8. Nicki-Joe says:

    Boo-ya! : )

  9. Eryn says:

    Oh, I love d20-type comics, and yours is already right up there beside Order of the Stick on my ‘squee-luff!’ list. It’s so funny!

  10. John says:

    “Eat it, um…KNAVE!”

    Absolutely brilliant. My favorite line of the series.

  11. Tomoko says:

    I want to make a t-shirt that says the “That which does not kill you…” bit.

  12. Aragorn says:

    12??? this comic is much better then that! By the way Shamus, The pic of Aragorn when he went “eat it um.. Knave!” was perfect!


  13. Evilhalfling says:

    hehehe – my second time reading through the strip, but I play with a new DM, and we can’t die! I was spit out by a T-Rex – I mean come on.

  14. Aragorn says:

    i finished this whole thing 5 times and im STILL laughing!

  15. Jannin says:


    just stumbled upon your site (was searching for ‘gibbet’ for a story I’m writing… anyway…) totally distracted now, so just wanted to say well done! The comic rules, and I will definitely be back for more (clearly, haven’t gotten far yet).

    Thanks for the entertainment!


  16. 'Tana says:

    Odd question, but doesn’t Frodo’s dagger glow blue when there’s orcs? Why, in the movie does it glow when there’s ringwraiths?

  17. Irrevenant says:

    To be pragmatic for a moment, the advantage of having nine invincible undead kings is that you can have them smite people in nine different places simultaneously. :)

    P.S. Tana, presumably Sting (Frodo’s dagger) detects creatures tainted with dark magicks. This would mostly be orcs but would include Nazgul and presumably trolls.

  18. Moridin says:

    Actually, Frodo didn’t even get Sting until at Rivendell, I think. And yes, it’s supposed to glow when there are orcs near.

  19. Sargadius says:

    These are GREAT! I haven’t played D&D for years, stupid jobs and adult responsibilities grr :( I loved reading the Tolkien books (both times) and enjoyed watching the movies. I saw them in the theater and bought the “extended” versions on DVD… at least now they’re broken up into watchable “chunks” hahaha. Every D&D/LotR dork needs to check these out!

  20. Sargadius says:

    umm… Critical Strike FTW!! XD

  21. ERROR says:

    Yes aragorn was awsom

    1. ERROR says:

      This one isn’t mine.

      More on topic, I think there’s nine of them so that there will be invincibility in nine places. I know that’s a little obvious, but I still feel I had to share it.

  22. Trae says:

    All those talking about Sting, remember that he had to work with captured screens from the movies. He needed an image of the hobbits looking worried together and that’s the best one.

  23. Zafrina says:

    i totally agree with Frodo. i think however, that there are 9 because of the poem. you know:

    3 rings for the elven kings under the sky
    7 for the dwarf lords in their halls of stone
    9 for mortal men doomed to die
    1 for the Dark Lord on his dark throne

    in the land of mordor when the shadows lie

    one ring to rule them all, one ring to find them.
    one ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them.

    yeah yeah, point and laugh at the nerd. XD

  24. Zafrina says:

    crap. i 4got the part after the one ring to rule them all part. its : “in the land of mordor where the shadows lie”

  25. Zafrina says:

    the fellowship totally needs a cleric. and, one last thing,:

    that scene w/ the frightened hobbits is from Moria, AFTER frodo got Sting. he doesnt get sting till like a day b4 he leaves Rivendell

  26. (The Roundish) Fat Tony says:

    To shumas/Ritskarn (If he sees it here) DM of the rings has never worked for me before (Id just get the Intro, The outreo, Next prev etc) but now i was linked here during this post of Ruts and it worked.

  27. ImThisObiWanKid says:

    “Boo ya! Who’s yo daddy now!?”
    LOL sounds like something I would say

  28. bigben says:

    Actually, Shamus’ notes under the comic are sometimes the most funny part of the comics :D

  29. Sir Robin the not quite as brave as Sir Lanceilot says:

    Even i can roleplay better than Aragorn

  30. Sir Robin the not quite as brave as Sir Lanceilot says:

    and my person is a hobbit burgeler who somehow is the most bloodthirsty in our party, which is hard since we have a dwarf slayer in the group

  31. Diego Floor says:

    I’ve been reading your columns and blog for so long, how come I didn’t see this before?? I’m crying of laughter here.

  32. Arp says:

    You’re killing me – laughing out loud here!

  33. Ilya says:

    If only those Nazguls were female… Actually, Nazgul is a female name…

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