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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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  1. Alan says:

    Thanks Shamus. The fact that you had the vision and the skills necessary to do this AND that you saw it through to the end is a massive and praiseworthy achievement. Well done!

  2. Four Color says:


  3. Ronn says:

    I just discovered your site today and read through all the strips in basically two sittings. I have laughed so hard that my sides ache. Thank you so much for sharing your unique vision and humor. Indeed I was so moved that I simply had to post your praises for all (that and we couldn’t leave the number of posts at 66, could we?). Thanks again and the best of luck in all you do, R

  4. DMDonPablo says:

    Thanks Shamus! You were right on every time with every comment and nuance regarding roleplaying, specifically D&D. I’ve already read through your first six bikini comics and I’m loving it! Thanks for the laughs and keep up the good work.


  5. Dernwine says:

    Great work Shamus, reading this comic brought back many great memories. Keep up the good work with the chainmail bikini :D

  6. Megladon88 says:

    Right on! I was laughing so hard and like a good book I couldn’t put the strip down all day today… Nice job!

  7. damien walder says:

    Best fan lit I’ve ever read.

    And that’s all I have to say for now.

    It’s been an honour and a priviledge to read DMotR.


  8. Admiral|Monnk says:

    Probably the best fan fiction I have ever read.
    Not just probably, It is, absolutely, the best.
    Love it man, hate that it’s over, but you know.
    “All good things”
    The Honor, she is mine.

    Thanks for your hard work,

  9. Nec says:


    Thanks for this great moment spent (at work :) ), laughing at my computer screen.

    So Nice.

  10. JC says:

    Thanks Shamus! A hysterical adventure to say the least! Quivers of mini-walking sticks are now one of the most requested shopping items in the campaign I’m involved in, and called shots to the eye occur in nearly every encounter (I want to stab another one in the eye! ;)

    Reading chain-mail bikini these days too, no LARPing, LOL! Reminds me of the first DMOTR I read, “Sir, I’m afraid I’m going to have to ask you to roll initiative”. (or something like that ;)

    I don’t know what the steps necessary would be to put your satire into graphic novel form, or PDF, but if the powers that be ever force you to take things down…I for one would like to know this work has been archived for internet historical reference! Clearly this ranks up there among the greatst, debates will surely rage as to which best defines the RPG community…it’s either this or gazebos. ;)


  11. Nadzghoul says:

    Started reading this yesterday, finished it today. Most definately going to miss it – but hey, it was many hours of great fun! Shamus, you are a comedic genius!

  12. Ace says:

    Bravo Shamus Bravo! u put a lot of work into this, and it was totally worth it. once again, BRAVO!

  13. Eldariel says:

    I might’ve missed something, but how come you spelt Rivendell Rivendale at every point? I probably missed it, and I’ll scan it through, but in the meanwhile…?

  14. Eldariel says:

    On another note, incredible job you did. Had some of the best time of my life reading this.

  15. ian says:

    cool good comic, by the way fear the boot is really good.

  16. SirRogue says:

    Word. You are a rock star. Seriously.

  17. Khalzaam says:

    Merci Shamus, j’ai passé de très bons moments à lire ce webcomicstrip !!
    Je pense que tu pourrais faire la même chose sur des films comme Willow, y’a quelque chose à faire … ;)
    Encore merci !!

  18. Graham A. Russell says:

    I have just lost an entire working day reading this. I must say, it’s one of the funniest things I’ve read on the internet. Good show.

  19. Mikey Clarke says:

    The entire series was completely and utterly awesome. You, sir, are a genius.

  20. Jiggily Joe says:

    Wow new look for the website….

    Any reason why?

  21. Nny2 says:

    I hope he’s still doing other things that could have been done if not for the fact it was centered around the PC’s. Like the banter between Aoewyn and the Witch King.

  22. Tyler says:

    I lost track of this halfway through, and came back today and read through them all again from the top. This truly is a magnificent achievement. Best of luck with your future endeavours.

  23. Bex's says:

    *Bows to the Master* this was truely an enjoyble comic to follow and was well worth the wait mate. I wish I could have been around and talked more with you crazy folk, BUT I just had to settel for shareing the comic with as meny of my friends as I could….BTW they all think I’m nutz! figour;s lol

  24. illusion says:

    thanks so much for this
    there were points where i recognised my own players in that and my b/f turned round and said thats you as a dm at times especally the bomb

    excelent work

  25. Frodo-X says:

    Just read through all of them in a day. As someone who knows nothing of D&D but adores LotR in both mediums, all I can say is Bravo! Brilliant work, Seamus, and thank you for it.

    “Give me your name, horse-fu__er!!!” :D

  26. Frodo-X says:

    Oh, and apologies for misspelling your name just now. My brain went straight to the Harry Potter character’s spelling, and I knew I’d screwed up as soon as I clicked Submit.

  27. Dan says:

    Absolutely brilliant, wonderful jokes
    very well done, shamus

  28. Markus says:

    Hey Shamus. Never wrote something here so far. Discovered the comic when they were in Rohan, and spent five hours by reading all the episodes, twice, almost died laughing. “Thy fate sucketh” is my absolute favourite. Thank you very, very much for this comic, we owe you one.

  29. yann says:

    A real piece of art, and not only because i’m d20 and LOTR fan , but because i’m also an art professor ^^ Thanks for all the laughs Shamus

  30. Samson says:

    Shamus,i loved your comic,but i have just one question:WHY THE HELL did u leave the hobbit players??!!I mean i loved the beginning,it was so smooth,and thanks to the hobbits it was perfect.Part of the fun of the comic was destroyed for me when the hobbits left the campaign.Still,thanks for a great comic.Still,i miss the hobbits…

  31. Ellen Finch says:

    Just discovered DM of the Rings last week and have now worked my way through the whole thing. 30 years ago (gasp!) after playing in half a dozen D&D games, it was exactly this sort of thing that made me realize that it’s MUCH better to listen to the summary of the campaign afterwards than to sit through the whole dice-rolling, DM-abusing thing. I laughed my head off reading your version, which makes it hard to do real work. Thanks ever so much for a great time.

  32. sayntfuu says:

    Thank you Shamus!

  33. BurnedDM says:

    I just found this and just finished it. My eyes are sore and my bum hurts, but thank your Shamus anyway!

  34. Katalina says:

    You are my hero.
    I have read through all of this in about two weeks of reading it when I wasn’t doing my work in my computer classes at school.
    I am sad it is over. I’m not sure what I’ll do during class now.
    I guess I’ll have to check out this new comic, eh?

  35. ALARIC says:

    So… When can we expect “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe?”

  36. Jay Ayliff says:

    Oh dear, that was very funny, but much longer than I expected. I got through the whole lot on Christmas eve in the office and did far less work than expected. I’ve never played D&D but my sons do. Now I have a much better idea of what they get up to!

  37. The Wombat says:


    Good show. I don’t do gaming, but know enough to chuckle more than once.

    We needed a couple gamers along when we went to Middle-earth [New Zealand] in 04. The Fellowship is talking about going back in 11 after the two hobbit films are done.

    Again, a loverly strip.

    I shall be passing it on to other hobbit heads!

    Elen síla lúmenn’ omentielvo!

    Pippin, the wandering hobbit

    Thain Peregrin Took II
    Great Smials
    Tookborough, The Shire

  38. Hyphen says:

    Loved the comic!

    ROTFLMAO at the end of the following sequences:

    “OATH-BREAKERS! As King of the New Menorians, I command you… TELL ME WHERE YOU’RE HIDING THE TREASURE!!”

    “Do I LOOK like I’m kidding?”

    “They were in the saddlebags.”

    “You totally suck, Aragorn.”

    Found the reverse link to your site from Irregular Webcomic and read it right through.

    Thanks for all your hard work!

  39. Toil3T says:

    Thanks for the laughs over the last few weeks! (I’ve been busy, otherwise it would have been less time). Now for Chainmail Bikini!
    “Parley” is the French word for “everyone else is flat-footed and bare-handed”

  40. Icejester says:

    I only found out about this comic yesterday. And now I’ve read it all.

    And it really held me back from doing serious and important stuff. But I liked it! :-D I even had to laugh out loud a couple of times, which is quite rare if I just sit in front of my computer all alone.

    Nevermind. What I actually wanted to say is: thank you for several really, REALLY amusing hours!

  41. Jindra says:

    i spent the whole damn day reading. WHY IS THIS SO ADDICTIVE!?! whatever. many thanks for a day of laughter. pitty it’s over :(. it was great!

  42. Caner says:

    Thank you very much Shamus for this wonderful comics. I feel sad when it is over :( .

  43. Hydro Globus says:

    Huh… Read the whole, posted only 2 or 3 times…


    Really never laughed this much on one thing… It’s even better when someone doesn’t have to wait… It took me 2 days altogether. My “favourites” are in a mess too – a real lot of DMotR is in. have to tidy it someday.

    Good work!

  44. Eligre says:

    I salute you, sir. I loved the walking sticks, and how much of myself I see in Legolas at times, especially on that Final Roll of the d20. :)

    This is my first, and last, post here. Thank you for teh laughs.

  45. Slaelia says:

    Wow, the anti-spam word was pretty… unexpected!
    Whatever, I’ve gone through a lot of webcomics as of lately, as it’s the best break I’ve found being unable to go out while at work and:
    This is the very first time I see a webcomic actually reaching an end :p

    Thanks a lot for this piece of pure humor, it has given me mad laughs that my mates will forever remember.

    I’m not that much of a fan of the LotR stuff, but I really enjoyed every part of your work.

    I wish I was able to make you laugh as much as you did, but I’m afraid there wont be any pay back on this.

    As a french folk I’ll just tell you your humor is universal, at least for D&D gamers.
    Let’s hope you like flattery.

    See you around.

  46. Cynder says:

    Thankyou, thankyou!! I loved this comic so much, I saved all of it for future reading. I am in your debt. Mwah!! :D

  47. Woosh says:

    I miss this comic…

  48. Oropher says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I started playing D&D when I was in junior high school, and many happy hours were spent listening to my buddies kibbitzing around the table, throwing dice, drawing rude pictures of the NPCs, and driving the DM to distraction. I just sat and read this whole thing in one sitting! There were so many classic laugh-moments in here.

    I have an odd question: May I “keep” this as a Word doc in my computer, just in case you get bored and take it off line like the chick who created the DomLand Caribou did? (I’m so glad I ganked her stuff; she got into anime and flushed it, darn her.) But I’d like to have a copy of this in case your site goes castors-up. If you object, that’s OK; I’ve already bookmarked your site and sent the URL to all my buds, so I’ve “spread the love” enough, methinks.

    Again: thanks for the laffs! I LOL’ed.

  49. Shamus says:

    Oropher: Help yourself. Thanks for reading.

  50. Ptaaruonn says:

    This story was so cool.
    I almost laughed to death.

  51. Dan B says:

    Shamus, I thank you deeply and sincerely for a wondrous ride through your imagination.

    Long time reader, first time poster, I think. I found your comic a little after it had started, and I don’t rightly recall just how now, random surfing of links I think. One of the best clicks I ever made.

    And now it’s done and ended. I rationed myself over the year and some, just a few episodes a week, to better savor it, knowing the campaign would end, hoping there would be another. Near the end though I cheated, lured on by the climax, and saddened to hear of your health problems and hoping you’d get better and continue.

    But it’s not all bad news. You will continue with a new comic, and I’ll be following that AND spreading the word of it too.

    Carry on…


    Heh, comment 117, didn’t notice that till I posted. That number keeps coming up in my life, or I simply notice it for it’s Chief significance in another story I like…

  52. margaret S says:

    As a Tolkien fangurl for 42 years and a tabletop gamer for 22, I’ve been cracking up over this and linking it in chat. Thanks. I’ll never reread LotR quite the same way again.

  53. Laurel Raven says:

    I just the other day found this comic, and I just had to keep reading it til I was done…took me so long because the comments were often so good, I had to at least read some of them off of each one!

    I only wish that I could have been here when you first started this, and enjoyed it with everyone else! Anyway, I’m going to keep reading Chainmail Bikini, and will probably poke around at the rest of your site, too. Thanks for making me laugh!

    Oh, and at least for the moment…LAST POST!

  54. Necromas says:

    An epic webcomic indeed. I kind of wish I had known about it sooner so I could watch it as it progressed instead of just reading the archives.

    Triangleth post!

  55. Jewfin says:

    Yo wtf? I spent all this time readin each strip to see no naked women? What kind of a porno is this?

  56. Aragorn says:

    Shamus, thank you so much for the great, great story. I really wish it had more panels with it. Thanks a bunch its like you’ve changed my life ( and you did!)Thank you so much. We all owe you one.

    Aragorn. PS I hope you can respond. Thank you.

  57. Aragorn says:

    One more thing…Thanks for not putting Shelob in the story. Shelob gives me nightmares.

  58. Aragorn says:

    One more thing…Thanks for not putting Shelob in the story. Shelob gives me nightmares.opps…2 comments at once.. anyone know how to deleate one of em?

  59. Mark says:

    All in all. I started this last night and finished this over the afternoon. Great stuff. Its a great rendition of a D&D group and its a back-handed homage to Tolkien.

    My favorite scenes were Aragorn looking away from Weathertop and saying ‘screw that.’ It was early in the comic, but a great addition.

    Likewise, I am showing the following quote of your’s to my players next session:

    While planning your gameworld, it should be noted that no matter what you do, the players are going to route around

    those aspects of the world into which you have poured the most detail and filled with the most interesting

    characters. They will skip right past those locations and insist on exploring the blank areas of the map.

    Then they will grumble about the threadbare nature of the campaign.

    If you prevent them from doing this, they will accuse you of railroading them.

    Thank You.

  60. Kiwi Gamer says:

    From all us gamers down in the tru Middlearth (New Zealand) many thanks for a wonderful comic.

    Next time i see Peter Jackson, i’ll pat him on the back for ya.


  61. aiwendil says:

    I kind of stumbled over this comic and spent the last hours reading it without pausing once, although I should have learned or at least slept.
    It’s simply brilliant! I loved every part of it and am going to advertise it when next meeting my RPG-group.
    Thanks a lot, you’ve made my day,

  62. Farulosonoth says:

    I only now just finished reading all these. I have to say this was some of the funniest shit I have read in a long time. I could barely contain my gigglefests here at work. Thank you so much. How you find time to do all this stuff is incredible. This strip is so funny because its true, I’ve experienced pretty much everything you’ve made fun of in my AD&D gaming sessions of the past.

    There should be a warning on these for people reading them in the archives all at once… if you read these to quickly you may die of laughter. Have an ale on me brotha

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