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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. Gospog says:

    The honor was ours, sir.

    Thank you very much.

  2. Cathryn says:

    Thank you, Shamus. I don’t think I’ve ever commented, but I’ve been reading faithfully for months. It’s been a great time, and I’m a bit sad to see it end. I do look forward to reading the new comic, though, and I’m glad it’s there.

  3. Steve the DM says:

    Thanks for the year in laughs and I look forward to the next web comic.

  4. Mike says:

    Thanks for the laughs, Shamus. We all appreciate the hard work.

  5. Woerlan says:

    Hail, hail!

    If this wasn’t online, the next round of drinks are on me.

  6. Rico says:

    Amazing. Just amazing. Thanks for the good times. I’m excited to see Chainmail Bikini.

  7. I’ve been reading your site since before DM of the Rings, so I get all sorts of “original” credibility, right?


    Anyway, it’s been a great run, and I’ve enjoyed it a lot. I look forward to Chainmail Bikini, and look forward to your site. Congratulations on becoming an internet star, and good luck with your future.

  8. Tacoman says:

    Thanks for all the laughs, good sir. I look forward to your future works.

  9. been a great year reading the comic and comments, especially as i’ve seen so many aspects of the games I’ve both run and played in displayed :D

    Going to miss the comic but looking forward to your next project

    good times indeed :)

  10. Paulo Barreira says:

    Thanks for this wonderfull year Shamus!

  11. *** Dave says:

    Thank you so much, sir. It’s been a hell of a pleasure.

  12. yoshi927 says:

    Thanks for the laughs, Shamus. Now you should be worried. It’ll be hard for your next one to measure up. :D

  13. Gary says:

    I can’t believe it is over. *sniffs*

    I can’t wait until we have that promised large compendium of every comic in the DMotR archive. I fondly look forward to downloading it and pasting pages all over the place. Heck, I might use it to wallpaper my house, it would sure be something enjoyable to look at! :D

    Thanks for the comic. I’ll definitely be sticking around for the new one.

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve laughed my head off because of you Shamus. Very dangerous in a cubical environment :D

    What is George up to?

  14. froggalpha says:

    Been reading for a few months, first time posting. Loved every minute of it.
    A toast, to future ventures.

    So what’s this I hear about you in a chainmail bikini?

  15. Frederico says:

    Gimli at least got a strand of air… I got nothing!!!!

    I hate this campaign!

    Great Comic! Thank you.

  16. Jim says:

    My first and last reply. What a wonderful comic. I love LoTR and this was so funny. It was a real joy, for some reason, to have the players forget the names that I revere so much (like Nazghoul). Your speech at the end was priceless.
    One of the things that distances LoTR from film noir, for example, is that the heroic characters do not act selfishly and because they know they are badass – they act for personal satisfaction such as Gimili got from Galadriel’s locks of hair.
    I personally hate how “gritty” RL is and work for social justice so that “hack ‘n slash” mentalities will take over RL a little less – before it kills us all.

  17. Al Shiney says:

    And now on to scene 24. A smashing scene with some lovely acting…

    Everybody stop thanking Shamus and BUY something, dammit!

    Thanks Shamus, I’ll be coming back regularly for the blog and in the not too distant future for DMoTR Christmas presents as previously promised.

    Al (John)

  18. BlueJimmie/Valkaun_Dain says:

    This has been great Shamus. Thanks for the two bright spots in my work week this past year or so. I’m looking forward to Chainmail Bikini. I see you’re from St. Louis, eh? Me too. Go Cards! Go Rams! Go Blues!

  19. Darkenna says:


    Thank you so much for the past year, and for producing what is, by far, one of the best webcomics ever made. Thank you for all the laughs, the sprayed drinks, the burnt sinuses, the all-too-accurate commentaries, and for providing us all with a place to share our own views and stories inspired or recalled by your excellent works.

    I am not alone, as is evidenced above, in saying that I will miss this. DMotR is one of my favorite places on the Web. Thank you for bringing it to life.

    And, as I also believe I am not alone in this sentiment:


    Thank you. May whatever gods there are bless your dice to produce whatever you need on your roll.

  20. John says:

    Thanks for the ride. It kept me laughing all the way from China back here to the States. And it enticed me to dust off my Tolkien books to give them another read. Entertaining and educational–for what more can one ask?

  21. Morgue says:

    Bravo, sir. You rock, and I’ll absolutely be tuning in to Chainmail Bikini.

  22. Nlhero says:

    good luck with the next comic, you’ve really entertained me ;)

  23. Susano says:

    But… but… but… what will I do at 1 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from now on?

    PS: Thanks for all the laughs!!!

  24. Acanthoid says:

    Fare thee well, best comic on the web!
    Good luck on your future project (CmB) Shamus

  25. Rene says:

    I just want to say thank you for this comic. It was very entertaining – my co-workers now think I am a lunatic! (they were certainly entertained by my entertainment!)

    I can’t wait to check out the new comic!

    Cheers and best wishes!

  26. Ping says:

    I love it, because I know that, no matter how hard gamers complain, we always come back for more. Awesome!

    Thanks for all the fish!

  27. The Pancakes says:

    Thanks for the comic, Shamus.

    I hate this campaign.

  28. Grishny says:

    Though I’ve been reading the comic for several months now, today is, sadly, the first time I’ve posted. Figured I’d better get in on the action while it’s not too late.

    I’ve enjoyed it; every strip, and I’ll definitely be hopping on the bandwagon for your new comic. If it’s half as good as this one was then I’ll soon be an “LTR” over there.

  29. towanda says:

    Thanks for the strip, Shamus! I think I shall celebrate the end with a marathon of all three extended LOTR movies!

  30. islandergirlro says:

    I’ve never done any sort of role playing campaign in my life, however, I was still able to understand most, if not all the jokes here. Great comic. I look forward to seeing your new work. Too bad it’s blocked at my work, ; _ ; , but I’ll just read it at home.

    Great job again, thanks for the many many laughs. ^_^

  31. Shetania says:

    Hehehee! “Conan’s well-oiled nipples” indeed! I came late to the webcomic, but every curse, every sigh, and every confused look has been completely worth it. Thanks for a great adventure Shamus. Looking forward to the next endeavor.

  32. Rupert says:

    Thank you so much for this, Shamus. Was doing 144 strips happy circumstance or awesome planning on your part?

    Anyway, I’ll be following CMB in the future! Thanks again!

  33. Sam the eagle says:

    First post, long time reader bla bla…

    Just one thing remains to be explained : Can we start quoting Monty Python again?


  34. Improved Initiative says:

    Huzzah! +10 Levels of Epic Satirist for Shamus.

  35. AngiePen says:

    LOL! Perfect ending! “Just get some better source material.” [giggling facepalm]

    Thanks so much for doing DM of the Rings. I’ve pimped it on my blog and recced it to my friends and it’s been a gloriously funny ride from first to last. I’m sure I’ll be pimping Chainmail Bikini too — I’m definitely looking forward to reading it. :D


  36. MichaelL65 says:

    It was beautiful. I’m sure I will read it again and again like I did the books!

  37. Owlpete says:

    A fine, fine series. Your experience in games has shown through all the time. I’d have enjoyed it more if it weren’t all #$%@ true! :)

  38. wtrmute says:

    I must say, your comic is so good they even declared Sept. 7th a national holiday out here in Brazil! (that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it…)

    I’ve followed several webcomics in my time, and I’ve seen so many wander aimlessly and, in the end, lose that spark they had in the beginning. I’m glad to say that DMotR is as funny in Chapter CXLIV as in I. That is something very, very few can claim. Be proud of it ;)

    As for Chainmail Bikini, I’m already a fan, don’t worry — if the writing’s one tenth as good as this one is, Megatokyo’s in trouble XD

  39. mneme says:

    Thank you, Shamus, for all the laughs!

    I’ll definitely give CB a looksee!

  40. TheBladeRoden says:

    100th post! maybe… I still say someone needs to do that Star Wars thing

  41. The Gneech says:

    Well done! “Uncertainty lich” and “decomposing of my own free will” are lines that will stay with me a long time indeed. :)

    -The Gneech

  42. Keith says:

    Most excellent, good sir, most excellent.

  43. Woosh says:


    Would definitly like to see what happened with the Star Wars game, even if it’s just a one page spoof.

    This comic was awesome, and the source of much merriment at 5am in the morning waking up everyone in the house with incomprehensible babbling and obnoxious laughter.

    I’m gonna miss the good ol days..

  44. SiliconScout says:

    Job well done sir.

    Thank you for your hard work, I hope you enjoyed as much as I have.

  45. Bex's says:

    THAT WAS FANTASTIC AND I CANT WAIT FOR THE NEXT COMIC, this was a really GREAT run and I have to say it has me in sitches every time, truely a wonderful work of comic genues:D

  46. Mike Ralls says:

    Hey there Shamus,

    I’ve been reading this strip since it first started out, but this is the first time I’ve posted. I just wanted to say that you did a really fantastic job. At more than one gaming session I printed up copies of your comic and passed it around and everyone chuckled and a few of your phrases have become part of our stock of jokes on demand. You should be proud of your efforts here.

    Congratulations on doing such a fine job and thank you for a job well and truly done and for all the laughs,
    Mike Ralls

  47. Zukhramm says:

    And in the end, the players actually loved it, they just don’t want to show it!

  48. Phil says:

    Backtracked on my blog. Thanks for the laughs! Long live your webcartoon career.

  49. I visted earlier and this wasn’t up, and now all of a sudden, not only is the last comic posted, but so are 110 comments… blink and the world passes by…

    What a fun read, thank you so much for providing such entertainment Shamus. I will never watch LoTR’s the same again. And good luck with your next endevour.

  50. AndiN says:

    Though I’ll miss my thrice-weekly fix of Aragoon, Leggylass, and Gimlet, this was a great ending! “I’d like to present you with some of my toenail clippings. May you treasure them forever.” ROFLMAO!

    You wouldn’t believe how much of DMoTR has become part of our vernacular. “Metal walking stick”, “Tell me your name, horsef****r!”, and so many others are quoted time and again, right alongside MP, Princess Bride, and quotes from the LOTR movies themselves. I’m sure “Conan’s well-oiled nipples” will be added, too. :-)

    I’d tip my hat to you, Shamus, if I was wearing one. Since I’m not, I’ll just have to raise my glass in salute to an excellent webcomic and the man who created it! Huzzah!

  51. Jewbacca says:

    I don’t even play D&D, but this strip made me laugh every single time. Well done, sir. Well done indeed.

  52. angora says:

    Thanks for a great comic.

  53. jbravodude says:

    Damn Shamus, this is one wonderful ending. I have hated Tuesdays and Thursdays here at work, because I was waiting for the new episodes. What sucks more is I can’t get to Chainmail Bikini because of our damn web filter here at work!!! WTF??? So now I’ll have to wait until I get home to get my dosage of Shamus humor. Oh well, a job well done my good sir and thanks for the laughs. Take the day off. You deserve it!!

  54. Douchebag the Necromancer says:

    Thanks for the ride, Shamus! I’m still laughing about the “or?” comment from Aragorn from three strips ago. It’s appropriate that I learned about you from Fear the Boot a few months ago, and that it’s your new home now. Love the first strip of All-Original Art and Script of Chainmail Bikini.

  55. Shawn says:

    Is this the last strip?


  56. Dylan Zimmerman says:

    I, for one, won’t MISS the site, as I’ll still be here, constantly checking for “DM of the Rings CXLV: I was only kidding about it being over.” ;)

    And then it’ll dawn on me that you weren’t, and I’ll cry. Better hope Chainmail Bikini is good ;).

    I don’t mean that, I’m just goofin’ around, that’s all (Congrats to anyone who caught that obscure Canadian reference).

    An excellent comic that is now over, and an interesting blog that continues. You haven’t seen the last of me!

  57. thalmin says:

    Thank you, Shamus. Great work. I look forward to your next projects.

  58. Prinny_Dood says:

    Thanks for all the fun!!!!! I’ll be sure to keep following your work with chainmail bikini!

  59. Doug says:

    Thanks Shamus! This was a great strip.

  60. 2.5 cats says:

    Thanks for a great run, Shamus.

  61. Mattingly says:

    How sad that the final blog post for DMotR is #1313.

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