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Extreme Nerd Alert

I have already confessed to using Lord of the Rings as my comfort movie, when I’m too sick to think straight or I just want to ‘vege’ out on the couch.

The other day at work, Brendan put me onto DM of the Rings. Now if you have ever read LOTR, or seen the movie and you’ve played D&D, then you will love this comic.

Created by Shamus Young, a software engineer and D&D player, the premise of the comic is — What would really happen if Tolkien had been a Dungeon Master, trying to get his friends to play his story as a D&D game?

The characters spend their time looking for loot and fights, or trying to seduce attactive passing females. Having had the experience of working with a lot of young males on their stories, this strikes me as pretty accurate.

Which raises the question, are our fantasy novel about honourable heroes way off the mark? Has Joe Abercrombie got it right with his disreptuable characters, who are all out to get what they can? Do we want more realistic fantasy books?

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