Thursday, February 17, 2011
Although the stories about Middle-earth are a (fairly) young body of literature, they have produced a great many parodies or amusing alternate versions. From the Very Secret Diaries to Bored of the Rings and even a video from VeggieTales (I own the full version should anyone wish to borrow this!), hilarious spoofs on Tolkien's work have been making us laugh since the 1960's.
But what might these parodies offer us Tolkien Scholars--if anything? What does their satire imply? Can these texts be reverent and appreciative of Tolkien's literature while still being funny?
Please post links to any other Tolkien parodies you know and love, but especially please tell us why this parody adds to (or takes away from) not only the vast corpus of excellent literature J.R.R. Tolkien produced, but the very world he has created.