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The Hobbit contains more humorous elements than Lord of the Rings. The parts most obviously intended to be amusing come from the first few chapters, when the tone is similar to that of The Hobbit, e.g. My dear Bagginses and Boffins, he began again; and my dear Tooks and Brandybucks, and Grubbs, and Chubbs, and Burrowses, and Hornblowers, and Bolgers, ...


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Given that the character is a Scottish stereotype, I suspect he's saying "Loch Lomond", which features in the title and verses of the famous Scottish song The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond (which many will recognize from the verse "you take the high road and I'll take the low road"): I double checked on the blu-ray, which ...


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Well, I found one in the chapter "The Palantir", The Two Towers,: 'Are we riding far tonight, Gandalf?' asked Merry after a while. 'I don't know how you feel with a small rag-tag dangling behind you; but the rag-tag is tired and will be glad to stop dangling and lie down.' 'So you heard that?' said Gandalf. 'Don't let it ........................ ...


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Lobelia Sackville-Baggins was the recipient of some of Bilbo's silver spoons when he bequeathed them to her, after many years of her surreptitiously stealing them. For LOBELIA SACKVILLE-BAGGINS, as a PRESENT, on a case of silver spoons. Bilbo believed that she had acquired a good many of his spoons, while he was away on his former journey. Lobelia ...


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A friend of mine is trying to track down a short story that her dad enjoyed decades ago . . . "How-2" by Clifford D. Simak, first published in Galaxy Science Fiction, November 1954, which is available at the Internet Archive, as is the X Minus One radio play. A PDF is also available here. It's a comedy, and the plot follows a guy who assembles a robot that ...


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Yeah, it's a reference to Loch Lomond! At least, according to the English subtitles of the DVD! In both the German and the Italian dub of the movie - anyway - Snotty's joke is translated as: Lock 1, Lock 2, Lock 3... Loch Ness! From the name of the Scottish lake which should host Nessie (see the Italian version of the gag here). In the original version,...


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A long review by Craig Clark that I found on The Grey Havens is similar to what you’re asking, though none of the books you mentioned are referenced. In fact all the books and authors mentioned are slightly humorous modifications to actual fantasy works. Not able to determine an exact date this was created. Unfortunately, this kind of silliness is ...


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This is Cleaning Up by Iain M. Banks, anthologised in The State of the Art. An alien factory ship's disposal unit is buggy and ends up depositing items randomly on Earth instead of the intended location on the surface of the sun. They eventually reach the attention of Cesare Borges, head of the Industrial Military Combines Corporation (name ...


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The part of LotR that's always made me laugh the most was the passage in The Return of the King when Aragorn indulges himself in some hilarious snarking about the herb-master in the Houses of Healing in Minas Tirith: Merry smiled. ‘Well then,’ he said, ‘if Strider will provide what is needed, I will smoke and think. I had some of Saruman’s best in my pack,...


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This is Fredric Brown's "Experiment", a one-page short-short. Project Gutenberg etext here. "See? Five minutes before I shall place it there, it is there!"His other colleague frowned at the cube. "But," he said, "what if, now that it has already appeared five minutes before you place it there, you should change your mind about doing so and not place it ...


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This is Motel of the Mysteries by David Macaulay The blurb reads as follows; It is the year 4022; all of the ancient country of Usa has been buried under many feet of detritus from a catastrophe that occurred back in 1985. Imagine, then, the excitement that Howard Carson, an amateur archeologist at best, experienced when in crossing the perimeter of ...


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"Inside John Barth" by William W. Stuart, first published in the June 1960 Galaxy. You can read the Project Gutenberg etext. Don't remember the exact start to the story, but it went something like "walking along a path" or something, and when he hears what sounds like a shotgun blast behind him, he then feels something strike him in the butt. We were ...


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"They're Made Out of Meat" by Terry Bisson, originally published in 1991, and nominated for the 1992 Nebula Award for best short story. http://www.terrybisson.com/page6/page6.html


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This is Pigs Don't Fly by Mary Brown, the second book in the Pigs Don't Fly series. "I was a huge lump of grease, wobbling from foot to foot like ill-set aspic," confesses Summerdai, the heroine of this improbable charmer with the equally improbable title. Because of her girth, the 17-year-old Summer was passed over to replace her mother as the town ...


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He says "Loch Lomond". Loch is the Scottish word for "lake". Loch Lomond is one such lake. It's a joke because he's Scottish, and "Loch" sounds like "Lock".


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That sounds like R26/5/PSY and I by Michael G Coney. The man has been diagnosed with "chronic apathy" and the android (he knows it is an android from the start) is part of the treatment.    "You were found in your room by my men following a call from Central," he informed me, as if I didn't already know. "A spot-check on Central's ...


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This sounds very much like The Cyberiad by Stanislaw Lem: One day Trurl the constructor put together a machine that could create anything starting with n. [from How the World was Saved]


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No. It appears that the plan wasn't executed. You can see Glenn's arrival below. As a side note, It's not certain whether the NASA staff on the reception module tried to fool him, but none of them appear to be wearing masks as they exit.


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This one's been bugging me, and I finally found it! It's Pulpworld by R. K. Lyon Here's the exchange you remembered as it appears in the story. The questioning passed to Senator Hemiwit. "Director Argus, in your report as part of the justification for continued funding of the FBI, you list the value of property recovered by the Bureau in the past ...


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Dances with Elves by Cynthia Ward. I read it in The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy 2. Eagle Striking asked, "Are you ready to be one with the Elves?" Rooso smiled dreamily. "I am," he replied. And so the Elves cooked and ate him.


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How about Tolkien's explanation of the invention of golf? It's from the Hobbit rather than LOTR, but it made me laugh. Old Took's great-grand-uncle Bullroarer...was so huge (for a hobbit) that he could ride a horse. He charged the ranks of the goblins of Mount Gram in the Battle of The Green Fields, and knocked their king Golfimbul's head clean off with a ...


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Yes. Not a frequent one, and sometimes he's enigmatic to the point of being unclear if he's joking. There are characters who explicitly note that Geser likes to joke. - Эразм, я не знаю точно. Я не спрашивал Гесера. Но мне кажется, что я понял, в чем дело. – Ну, ну? – заинтересованно спросил Эразм. – Это просто деревце в горшке. Просто бонсай. Без ...


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I think this is Christopher Anvil's Pandora's Planet. Pandora's Legions has the complete collection of the stories. The aliens are more lion-like than ape. Their tech, except for FTL, is way behind ours (they're mostly at a WWII level). Their invasion sparked a brief nuclear war among Earth's nations. This, combined with using the few tech advantages they ...


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Probably "Trial Sample", a short story by Ted Reynolds, which was also the answer to the question What funny story had humans in an exchange program with pterodactyl-like aliens?; first published in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, June 8, 1981, available at the Internet Archive; you might have read it in Terry Carr's anthology The Best Science ...


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This was from the comedy group, The Frantics, off of their first comedy album Frantic Times from CBC Records. More information is found on the unofficial Frantics website: The Frantics released two comedy albums: "The Frantics" in 1984 (vinyl only, and long out of print), and "Boot to the Head" in 1986 (still available on CD from Attic Records). Both of ...


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I found it! The story is this one, entitled simply Plot Armour, by Patrick Stevens. Here's the start and end of the story itself: Jim, third-in-command of the Watchers, ducked behind the Warlord’s force-field, desperately trying to catch his breath in the face of an inexorable onslaught. His attackers, the hundred-strong members of the Hourglass ...


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This sounds like Laptop of the Gods by Peter Chippindale, published in 1998. One other plot detail that I remember: The protagonist Cupid/Eros accidentally alters history and creates Bill Gates while illegally accessing Mercury/Hermes' account on the mainframe of the gods.


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Here is something relevant from another of Tolkien's works. I remember this passage from chapter two of The Hobbit ("Roast Mutton"), where the company see the light from a fire in the woods, and send Bilbo to investigate: "Now scuttle off, and come back quick, if all is well. If not, come back if you can! If you can't, hoot twice like a barn owl, and ...


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While listening to the audiobook, I've noted an instance of laugh-out-loud humour not listed above; After discussing the disposal of Bag End to the loathsome Lobelia and her equally unpleasant son, Frodo, Pippin and Sam have a last meal in his her house. 'Our last meal at Bag End!' said Frodo, pushing back his chair. They left the washing up for ...


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