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DM of the Rings CXLIV:
The Long-Expected Parting

By Shamus
on Friday Sep 7, 2007
Filed under:
DM of the Rings


The players protest. One last time.

Gimli returns the favor.

The adventure never ends.

Dear old Bilbo.
Friends! I will not keep you long. I am writing this to you for a purpose. Indeed, for three purposes. First of all, to tell you that I am immensely fond of you all, and that one year is far too short a time to write a webcomic for such excellent and admirable readers. I don’t know half of you half as well as I would like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.

Secondly, to celebrate the one-year anniversary of this strip. I should say, OUR strip, since the comments and suggestions you’ve given over the last year have been as entertaining as the strip itself. Together the strips score one hundred and forty-four. One gross, if I may use the expression.

This month is also, if I may be allowed to refer to ancient history, the two-year anniversary of the start of this site. Two years ago this site began in utter obscurity, with me posting a narrative of a D&D campaign to nobody in particular. But today the site is thriving and I can now say, “Thank you very much” to the thousands of you who read this.

Thirdly and finally, I wish to make an ANNOUNCEMENT. I regret to announce that, though, as I said, a year is for too short a time to spend on a webcomic, this is the END. It is over now. GOOD BYE.

Er, not quite. Oh dear. Bilbo seems to have painted me into a corner. Let’s start over.

This is indeed the end of DM of the Rings, but not the end as far as writing webcomics go. On this site, I have another couple of weeks of deleted strips and other bits I’ve come up with that didn’t fit into the DMotR continuity.

If you want to read more by me, then check out Stolen Pixels, a screencap comic I do for The Escapist. It’s on videogames, not D&D, but it might amuse you if you’re into that sort of thing.


Thanks so much for reading. It’s been an honor.

Comments (736)

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  1. DM comic watcher says:

    If you are ever going to read this comment, what comic creator program did ya use to make DM of the Rings?

  2. Brad says:

    Hilarious! Great job! Thank you. Enjoyed it all and laughed so much throughout!

  3. Jennifer says:

    I enjoyed that a lot. Would you ever consider doing a Doctor Who D&D comic strip?? That has potential.

  4. Ceridwen says:

    I know you made this years and years ago, but it was an awesome read. I’m a big LotR fan, and I’ve been playing DnD since I was a kid. I just started DMing a couple years ago, and omfg I get it :P
    Thanks for all the time and effort you put into this webcomic!

  5. Yakamaru says:

    I came across this comic about 2 years ago, and i still keep on reading it from time to time. Almost spill my guts out every time. If I ever want to read something epic, I usually come back here. :P

  6. Kankles Vrontubenschtock says:

    While I can see people doing all this to derail and/or fail to run an interesting game, I’m glad to say this has never been my experience. This may be because my gaming experience has included a grand total of two Y chromosomes (I’m in the gaming club at a women’s college), but I like to think that it’s because we’re all trolls together, including the DM, and we tend to come up with things like a shield that can turn organic matter into pastries on contact.

  7. HanaOtaku says:

    Wow! I found this via stumbleupon and I must say, this was certainly worth staying up till 1am to finish. Insainly funny. I must make both of my DMs read this!

  8. […] a year, DM of the Rings is finished. The comic recast Lord of the Rings as a Dungeons & Dragons campaign, using stills (sometimes […]

  9. Anon3636 says:

    This was epic and hilarious, and thank you for it. Why not do the Hobbit if you have the time? :D

  10. Zuzuzuzu says:

    You now have the Free Peoples of the Internet and they shall march behind you to the Bad Door of the Dark Lord English Teacher, whose superior is only the once human Principal! Or something like that. I’m better at putting plots onto existing characters than putting characters into existing plots. Loved this, my fave distraction from English essays. Yeah, I may or may not call my English teacher the Dark Lord. So what?

  11. nOOb says:

    You should really make web comics of the hobbit next

  12. Kevin says:

    I’ve enjoyed the comic. Great work!!

  13. TheStevest says:

    Reading all this was totally worth it.
    I even learned some rather basic skills.
    Like “Rulebooks don’t matter as long as you can convince the DM.” and “Do the things the DM will hate. Maybe your character will die, but it will be fun.”
    Thanks for all this.

  14. Anonymous Person says:

    So I finally read the comic Darth’s and Droids was based on. Pretty funny I must say. Never watched the movies and mostly forgot the books, si various things caught me by surprise. No to decide whether to reread or finally watch. Either way, the story won’t be the same…

  15. JohnnytheXXXIV says:

    Easily the best waste of an afternoon I’ve had in years. Kudos to you good sir! Now off to read your other comics….

  16. Javier says:

    It’s 10 years after this webcomic was written… and it is still wonderful! Thank you Shamus for the laughs!

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