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DM of the Rings:
Closing Credits

By Shamus
on Wednesday Sep 19, 2007
Filed under:
DM of the Rings


I would like to thank all of the following:

Huge thanks goes to Pixy Misa for letting me host my images on Mu.Nu. This was a much-needed resource that came when the comic got too big for my current webhost.

Roxysteve, Scarlet Knight, Carl the Bold, AngiePen, Browncoat, Telas, David V.S., brassbaboon, Deoxy, and all of the other commenters, too numerous to list.

I’m not at all ashamed to admit that many times the comment threads were more entertaining than the comic itself. We talked about quantum mechanics, encumbrance, attacks of opportunity, how to convert a d20 to percent, and techniques for breeding Trolls and Balrogs . We’ve had some geeky, geeky conversations. You folks are a smart bunch. Thanks for sticking around and having clever things to say.

Peter Jackson

We’ve savaged his adaptation and nitpicked the book-to-movie conversion to death, but I have to hand it to him that the movies are a gorgeous piece of cinema, wonderfully cast and beautifully scored. After making this comic, I doubt I’ll ever be able to watch them again, but I will give Peter Jackson credit for doing a tough job for a demanding crowd.

Taken alone, the movies are wonderful. The fact that the movies fall short of one of the greatest works of fiction from the 20th century is not a great sin. For us die-hard fans of the book they could have been better, but they could also have been far worse. For everyone. I’m glad they were made.

New Line Cinema

I don’t know if they didn’t notice or didn’t care, but I am so glad they didn’t unleash the lawyers and spoil our fun.

Dan, Adam, Chad, John, Luke, and Tex

Thanks for the interview, the great gaming conversations, and for making Chainmail Bikini possible.

Comments (237)

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    • louis says:

      Wow looks like this was finished more then two years ago and I only now have found it. This was a great web-comic I read the whole thing beginning to end the same day I stumbled upon it.

      I even read a chunk of the comments and had to leave one,I don’t usually post comments either. Shamus thank you. I will more of your site now and have book marked and I will probably even remember the name shamus for awhile and who knows, if the rest of your site is this good I’ll probably be recommending anything made by shamus to all the people I know.

      I hope this all goes to your head and you get a big inflated ego, lol. although I’m sure you have gotten even better compliments then this. Lol I even spell checked my comment before finishing hows that as a compliment?

      • Tom says:

        I was just linked to this webcomic… I read the whole thing in one go and it is incredible. Thank you!

        • donashcroft93 says:

          a frend showed me this site and the comic was awsom i must admit tho i have been just like those players in the past

          • Aldowyn says:

            Hmm. How come all of a sudden you’re getting comments in 2010? And has anyone that’s found it recently NOT read it in one sitting? Anyways, Awesome, Epic comic and I’m definitely going to see what else I can find here.

            • DiggerPat says:

              Third time I’ve run through it and it’s still far more entertaining than it ought to be at this point. Very-late-kudos.

            • Kimmi says:

              Because, we’re reading Darths and Droids, which links us here.. or TVtropes… or any of a number of sites!

              and it took me 3 sittings (don’t have much of an attention span even for amazing comics).

              Also, I’d like to note that this is one of the better webcomics I’ve read; I’ve read quite a lot, too.

              My brother, however, would like to garrot you for giving me *new* lyrics to sing along to the camelot song.

              • Alex says:

                Yeah, I was pulled here by Darths and Droids. Which I got pulled to when I was on Tvtropes.org, looking up Plot Armor. I really do love these comics, and I did spend six hours reading this. Great work, Shamus!

              • Jessie says:

                Darths and Droids via Epbot via CakeWrecks. Yup. I came from a site dedicated to displaying the worst of the worst professionally decorated cakes.


                • Etymological Disaster says:

                  Same here, Jessie. Thanks, Shamus for a sleepless night of Tolkienian laughter!

                • Marvin_Arnold says:

                  TVTropes linked here and made me spend an entire evening reading your comic. Words cannot convey the gratitude I feel. I’ll never be able to see LotR the same way. Never! Now is that good or bad? “Well, there are compensations…”

                  This was just SOO good!

                  Thank you soo much.

                  • Garmmer Nazi (yes I know it's "grammar") says:

                    Since people are necroposting and talking about how they got here… I may add that I got sent here by Tvtropes as well.

                    Greetings from 7 years after the comic was originally written.

                • Toby says:

                  Absolutely hilarious! Read the entire thing in two sittings, and have shared it on FB. Will explore more of your work right away!

                  p.s. if you’re into online rpg’s, you should really read “The Noob” if you’re not already doing so. Epic stuff!
                  No, it’s not mine or by one of my friends. It’s just great!

            • KDH says:

              i READ IT IN 2 SITTINGS

            • GizmoJax says:

              Well, I’m reading this at work while I’m supposed to be, you know, working, so no I didn’t get to read the whole thing at once; my boss would have noticed. I did have to interrupt the critical tasks that my co-workers were performing a couple of times, though, to share some of the best strips. “Well, we got rid of that annoying wizard guy!”

        • MarkulApprentice says:

          You, too? Man, I was only informed of the existence of this comic yesterday. It is a FINE piece of internet webcomickery, and it was a genuine pleasure to read one of my favorite fantasy trilogies as interpreted by a windbag DM and a bunch of hapless players. Read it all in one go, too. XD Oops. One of these days, I’ll have to go back in and read all the comments that you fine folks contributed. ‘Til then, though, happy trails, and thank you, Shamus, for bringing us all together. You can DM a campaign for me any day!

    • V2Blast says:

      4 years late, but… I’m finally done! (I only started a few days ago :P)

    • Ramzes says:

      Whoa! I really feel like a slowpoke. Yesterday I started reading and end came so abruptly. Great job!

    • Kitrona says:

      Excellent job! I was getting badgered by my husband to read this, and now I see why. Thank you for the entertainment!

  1. Daktylo says:

    Well Shamus,
    We’ll just say that you made your save vs. New Line Cinema lawyers. Thankfully you were able to move the comic to completion. Congrats!

  2. Unglued says:

    …and thanks for all the fish!

    • timothymh says:

      What’s got to be my favorite quotation from that is the six-pack line in the lobby of Megadodo Publications “No, just a Zaphod Beeblebrox. Didn’t you hear we come in six-packs?”

      • Ragar says:

        42! also it was hilarious when Arthur tried teaching neanderthals how to play Scrabble, it is also fun to hit people with the hardcover Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, has all five novels and 1 story that are in the trilogy (I just refuse to question the trilogy part)

  3. Froody says:

    I, too, doubt I’ll ever be able to watch LotR again without lines about PhP, Tony Hawks and combat rolls, but all the laughs were sure worth it ;) Here’s one reader that will definetely continue with Chainmail Bikini… I’m in so many forums already, that one really won’t make a difference.

  4. Telas says:

    Wow, my name in lights! Well, LCD, anyway… ;)

    Seriously, Thank YOU, Shamus!

    Your sense of humor, passion for the webcomic, and writing have made this a success. Like many, I came for the webcomic, and stayed for the blog. Keep writing and producing stuff like this, I’ll keep coming back.

    Thanks again,


  5. Mari says:

    Thanks, Shamus. It’s been a fun comic. I’m already hooked after only one CB so I guess I’ll be seeing you around. :-)

  6. GreyDuck says:

    Thank you, thank you, and thank you again Shamus. For the laughs, for the interaction, and for seeing it through.

    Oh, and one more thank you, for the line that will stick with me for years to come: The “invisible leather TARDIS.”

  7. DoveArrow says:

    By the way, I’ll bet the reason that nobody said anything is that it’s satire, and people are allowed to satirize movies, books, and anything else without infringing on copyright.

  8. Grue says:

    Thanks Shamus for all the laughs!

  9. AngiePen says:

    Thanks back to you for doing this for all of us. I can’t even begin to imagine the effort it must’ve taken, just pulling all the screen caps out and keeping them sorted and organized so you could find what you needed when you needed it, much less the actual writing and construction of the graphic story. [boggle] It’s been awesome from this end too. {{{}}}


  10. neminem says:

    Thanks for everything! I admit, I’m still rather sad that your new offering won’t be screencap-based, because you’re so amazingly good at it (and I’m still hoping you’ll put it to good use again eventually)… but that doesn’t mean I won’t still be avidly reading Chainmail Bikini.

    You know you want to give it a break, and then start on Star Wars like we all want you to. :p

  11. trigear says:

    Shamus, thanks for such an awesome comic. I haven’t really been keeping my site up and running, but I’ll pimp your new comic wherever I get the chance to.

  12. Lycoris says:

    *sniff* They grow up so fast.

  13. Deacon Blues says:

    Well, I’ll still be able to watch the movies the same way I always did, but only because I already had friends who kept calling out suggested DEX check DCs while Leggomyass was fighting the Oliphaunts. :)

    And adding my voice to the chorus of congratulations, Shamus! (Now, if only I could figure out the keyword to search up your videos on YouTube…)

  14. Davesnot says:

    oh no.. thank _you_! I gave a thanks somewhere in the 260s of #144..

    Your thanks to Peter Jackson reminded me of a geeky gripe.. Everyone loves his adaptation.. but nobody seems to notice that his script and even his camera angles are almost identical to the animated version done years earlier. Even the casting .. the actors look _a lot_ like those in the animated movie.. it was like Peter just used the animated movie as a story board for his.

    Anyway.. I just always wonder why everyone gushes over his adaptation.. yes.. the ordeal of getting it all on film is worth gushing.. but in my book he blatantly ripped off the animated movie.

  15. tafka says:

    Wait, doesn’t everyone call out the skill & ability rolls?

    In fact, when we went & saw the first movie, within the first few minutes, my husband & I turned to eachother & said ‘someone critically failed his hide check. Is that even possible for a halfling?’

  16. Panda says:

    While watching Return of the King, I tried to stop laughing during Denethor’s death scene. But all I could think was WHILE ON FIRE!!!

  17. Carl the Bold says:

    Wow, I’ve never been publicly thanke for anything. Carl needs to be thanked publicly. :)

  18. Marijana says:

    Thanks for making such a good comic. Really, past year was much brighter for me because of those laughs.
    Are you going to publish a PDF of the comic somewhere, you used to talk about that… I’d download it for sure

  19. Wigliff says:

    I’m gonna miss this comic, although it made me feel old, it brought back a great many good memories (and some painful ones.)

    Many thanks from me
    and Bob the Wizard
    (My first AD&D character, he lasted 2 hrs – died of system shock when his brownie familiar died)

  20. Woerlan says:

    Good that you gave credit to the source material. It wasn’t perfect, but nothing is. And I agree. The movies were awesome.

    Hope you’ll keep making one-shot screencap pinups though. You do them so well.

  21. Sartorius says:

    By the way, I'll bet the reason that nobody said anything is that it's satire, and people are allowed to satirize movies, books, and anything else without infringing on copyright.

    You can parody things – e.g. the people who did The Gamers could do a spoof of Peter Jackson’s movies, using bits of the original scripts and imitations of important scenes. But you can be prevented from using the original copyrighted material (vidcaps themselves) and just pasting words over them, as in DM of the Rings. Another example: Mel Brooks could certainly make Spaceballs, but he couldn’t just take a print of Star Wars and dub a parody soundtrack over it.

    Frankly, I’d lean more towards the copyright holder simply not having noticed, which means that DMotR might disappear someday if they do.

    This is not legal advice.

    • Rey d`Tutto says:

      It’s not just about whether or not it’s parody or satire, it’s usually also about “Are you trying to make a Buck with it?”. Anyone can make a work of parody, and as long as it is freely distributed and avoids libel, you are pretty much free to do as you choose. Charge for the work, and the original copyright holder has an immense advantage in going to court, as that’s “their money”.

  22. corwin says:

    You left someone out of your list of thanks. There’s this guy Shamus who, from what I can tell, had a brilliant premise and injected all manner of awesome humor. I think we all owe him a debt of gratitude.

    Seriously, thanks for all the laughs! I’m looking forward to many more in Chainmail Bikini.

  23. Kristin says:

    You can use the original copyrighted material up to a point; the point is based a lot on how much you use and whether it was necessary for the intent.

    A few hundred screencaps from a 10-hour trilogy? Minute sampling. And since the intent of the work was to show the LotR movie as a D&D game, Shamus could not have done the same thing with artwork.

    I would think Shamus is fine, but IANAL either.

    Either way, thank you, Shamus, for all the laughs!

  24. Pester says:

    If I can make a suggestion, maybe you should link chainmail bikini near the site’s banner, or on the sidebar.

  25. Deoxy says:

    Wow, 15 seconds of fame!

    Ok, now that THAT’s done, thanks again to Shamus, who made an awesome comic!

    And to follow on what you said about Peter Jackson: For us die-hard fans of the book they could have been better, but they could also have been far worse, and all the previous attempts by others pretty much have been.

    (And no, I don’t really think it’s much of a rip-off of the animated movies. They weren’t very good, either.)

  26. Aelyn says:

    I’ll echo Deoxy’s comment. All you have to do to know that it could have been worse is to watch some of the animated versions that came before. They were pretty much universally awful.

    Well done Shamus. I wasn’t here from the beginning, but I did show up around strip 12 and stayed to the end. You did a fantastic job.

  27. Scarlet Knight says:

    You’re welcome,Shamus. I admit it feels funny saying that when all I did was read your comic, laugh alot, use it to make my kids laugh, & once in a while add a comment I thought others might like ( all the while hoping people wouldn’t say:” Um, noooo…”)
    If I do not respond to Chainmail Bikini, it won’t be because I’m not reading or enjoying it, but I may have trouble figuring out how to do so in the new format.

  28. Lord Nyax says:

    Shamus, great work my friend. Thanks for all the joy you’ve wrought with this endeavor. I look forward to Chainmail Bikini with great anticipation. Good luck.

  29. wowzaa says:

    Thank you very much

  30. Deoxy says:

    Nice of you to claim that I’m not crazy, but most of the voices in my head seem to differ (the others aren’t coherent enough for me to know how they feel about this topic).

  31. SteveDJ says:

    But… but… what about the “Unusable” strip you had planned for when they first left Fangorn? That belongs in this “Deleted Scenes” collection, too!

  32. fair_n_hite_451 says:

    “Ladies and Gentlemen, (the) Elvis (of webcomics) has left the building” … and my Wednesday will be all the poorer for it.

    Monday and Friday, I’ll be over at Fear the Boot, catching up.

    Thanks Shamus.

  33. Benevolence says:

    Just wanted to say thanks again – this being the final FINAL page of the comic. Your work here was awesome and appreciated!

  34. Drow64 says:


  35. brassbaboon says:

    Hey, I’m a part of geek immortality! Heh. Thanks Shamus for the thank you. This has been more than just a webcomic, it’s been a community and although I appreciate you recognizing many of your more frequent posters, it’s all about you and the work you did. It’s a shame that it’s over, but on the other hand IT’S OVER! One thing I hate is a story that never ends. This one was great all the way through. I’m checking on CB as well, but haven’t posted there yet.

  36. TheBladeRoden says:

    So…you aren’t going to thank Tolkien at all? ;)

  37. Amanda says:

    to Sartorius:

    the Goblin, of Russia, does exactly that: writes parody soundtracks. The catch is that he distributes ONLY the soundtracks, without the videos. That leaves a question of how he manages to get the *music* copyright holders not to sue him.

  38. Shamus, it’s been a real pleasure. You’ve made me laugh and you’ve made me cry (with laughter), and the friends I’ve pointed at you have had a great time too. I don’t even remember how I got here, but I’m very pleased that I did.

    Here’s to more success in the future. Will you be using your new free time for one of those ‘life’ things I’ve been reading about in the popular press?

    (PS: First post! Mine, that is, not the page’s, but I couldn’t let the opportunity pass me by.)

  39. Loved the comic, really. I also showed some of the comics to my girlfriend, who is a heavy LotR fan, and she loved it. This comic, combined with the thingy where they replaced lots of important words with the word pants, heavily affect our current watching of the Special Extendeds, but it certainly was worth it and makes the movies even more fun.

    I’m currently reading through the books again, and while there are so many differences I can quite understand many of the changes, since this way a certain matter of excitement, heavily required for a good movie, was needed.

    Now the perfect way of finishing this lovely experience is of course by watching the Badger-scene and the Catapult images. ^^

  40. Mik says:

    Just, thanks for it all really. Truly worth the use of the word Awesome and while it’s sad to know I’ll not be scurrying to click here three times a week there is some recompense in the perfection of a completely finished saga.

    Thank you.

  41. Maverick says:

    =0! Where was my metion Shamus? WHERE? [/sillyrant]

    Thanks again for the Comic shamus, i hope your funny gland stays strong for Chainmail bikini. ^^

  42. Jiggily Joe says:

    Dude! You Rock!

    Thanks Again

  43. Scarlet Knight says:


    Hey, Drow, I didn’t know you spoke ‘whale’ !

  44. Medium Dave says:


    As someone who has just about everything Tolkien (both) ever wrote, you have given me a priceless gift. I have found another way to enjoy his work. Humor is terrific in that it contains truth.

    Last summer on a long road trip my wife and I listeded to the trilogy on CD as we drove along. The text, spoken, has some pretty funny moments which, I am sure, were not intended.

    Your strip has only added to the fun.


  45. DaveC. says:

    Huzzah! Thank you Shamus.

  46. Darak says:

    Lawyers ? This is a work of parody and as such not submitted to the conventional copyrights.

    Anyway thank you for having me laugh to tears.

  47. elda says:

    awwwwwwwww i’m gonna sorely miss new updates. atleast there’s always the archives.

  48. Sarrasanne says:

    So this IS the end of ends eh?

    I’m surprised you didn’t make a: this is only the end of the beginning joke XD

    looking forward to chainmail bikini registering on Onlinecomics.

    that was a hint.


  49. Whisperflight says:

    Thank you, Shamus. How well you have captured the truth that no matter how long a group is playing together, it is only very, very rarely that everyone is on the same page. If you are lucky you -might- be playing out of the same book.

  50. Matthew says:

    Not left a message before, but wanted to add my thanks for a very humerous, skillful and superbly entertaining comic strip. I started reading when you had about 30 done – and I’ve followed it ever since – checking every week or so to see what’s been added.

    Again, MANY THANKS!


  51. L6 says:

    After reading your entire comic, and how the players talk over the DM, this is how this closing goes in my head:

    Shamus says: Thank you all for read–
    Everyone else: Oh my god this thing is over! LOTR is cool! Comics about LOTR are cool, too! Peter Jackson is a geek! I had a lvl99 mage once! We’re immortal!

  52. roxysteve says:

    eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeNOBODY EXPECTS oh bugger!

    Cardinal Steve

  53. djawshua says:

    thanks so much for the great comic shamus!

  54. Elina says:

    Thank you :) It was great experience to read all this.

  55. John says:

    In many ways, the movies are *much* better than the book, and I say this as a thirty-five-year fan. Jackson took a marvelous literary exercise, a fake historical epic, and turned it into a “mere” action-adventure film(s). He still did a magnificent job at it.

    I prefer the book because there’s more to it, but my wife, who never really got into the book, adores the movies. In my head, I imagine that the movies are the way things really happened, and the novel is the legend that survived.

    It’s precisely because the movies are so terrific that they deserve the utter trashing you gave them, Shamus. Thank you! Brilliant work!

  56. Destroy Gundam says:

    While I’m saddened to see it come to a close, I can always return here and chuckle at some of the funniest comics I’ve seen in years. The strip that made it look like Gimli was in a game of Diablo II was probably the funniest, as you can just about feel the rapid mouse-clicking that would be the battle of Helm’s Deep.

  57. Personthing says:

    Man, I’m going to miss this comic…

    Thanks Shamus, for the year of laughs!

  58. Dremonda says:

    Thank you, Shamus, for a delightful comic that has had me laughing until I cried on more than one occasion. Your writing is brilliant, and I hope you keep up the good work on [i]Chainmail Bikini[/i] for a long time to come. If you ever wanted to publish DMotR as a book, I would so buy it.

    Thanks again, Shamus! You rock! Can I kiss you? (I’m a woman)

  59. Camilla says:

    A friend of mine turned me on to this site a week ago and I have laughed so hard reading these. Not just the fact that you used such great material, but that it reminds me of when I used to game when I was young. Thank you so much for the needed distraction from school (and my kids).

  60. psychollamaofdoom(aka: psychoduck14) says:

    Love the DMotR! I am now a faithfull reader of chainmail bikini. Hope you have great succes with it!

  61. Ben says:

    Thanks Shamus for all the laughs that u have given me over the time reading it.

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