John Osterhout

The Schnoz of the Rings Reviewed in the Mensa Bulletin

Blog Post created by John Osterhout on Sep 3, 2015

The Schnoz of the Rings: A Parody of J. R. R. Tolkien’s the Lord of the Rings by John J. Osterhout was reviewed by Caroline McCullagh in her Page Turners column for the August 2015 Issue of the Mensa Bulletin.


MuCullagh writes “I read the Lord of the Rings trilogy in 1960, a few years after it came out in the U.S. I’m definitely a fan. So when I saw Osterhout’s book, I was ready to dislike it. How could you possibly parody something so wonderful? Well he did, and he did a good job of it. What is most interesting to me is that Osterhout has created something that has a life of its own. I don’t think you need to have read the trilogy to enjoy this book. He creates a world that that parallels Tolkien’s world, but it works on its own merit…

“These characters work in their own right and are funny. The eating scenes are priceless. Halfbits like to eat, and they do it often: first breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, lunch, snackies, afternoon tea, and dinner. You’ll begin wondering what’s on the next menu…”


See the Books and Press Release pages of my website,, for more information on The Schnoz of the Rings.