October 29, 2006

Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter

Filed under: Life,Uncategorized — mifan @ 2:20 pm

Ever sat back and wondered about 2 of the greatest Fantasy books ever? I’m an avid Reader, and 2 of my favourites are the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and Harry Potter. A recent heated debate with a friend on which was the greater of the two (which didn’t result in any sort of sane conclusion), made us amused to realize some of the similarities between the two, of which I list some below (The order is Category – LOTR Example – Harry Potter Example):

  • Magical and mythical world: A world filled with magic and mythical creatures. Common creatures like elves and goblins exist, people who can transform into animals, flying creatures etc.
  • The Dark Lord: The source of all evil, whom’s destruction is the goal of the good guys. His name is not spoken, and he is referred to as the Dark Lord, He who must not be named, or We do not speak of him in these areas etc. – Sauron (LOTR) – Voldermort (HP)
  • The Innocent Looking Hero: The fate of the world/middle-earth depends on him. He is seemingly innocent, small compared to other powerful beings, especially his enemy. He is sometimes arrogant, and leads himself to trouble. Simple minded and modest, and trusts his friends. – Frodo Baggins (LOTR) – Harry Potter (HP)
  • The Worm Guy: The Bad sneaky guy acting as a good guy, with a slimy name. The slippery villian, who in the eyes of some is good but eventually turns out bad. Faithful servant to his master, even though the master isn’t always kind to him. Has another name, but is called by this name often. Name starts with ‘Worm’ and ends with a part of the body, : tongue or tail. – Wormtongue (LOTR) – Wormtail (HP)
  • The hooded Spooks: It’s all about fear when these dudes are around. No face, no physical form, no soul etc. Hooded figures who bring fear to all around.- Nazgul (LOTR) – Dementors (HP)
  • The good old wizard: The white wizard who is Wise and old, but is amazingly nifty and strong. The strongest of the good guys, and might have the ability to defeat the dark lord, but it is not his fate to do so? Very close to the hero, and like paternal adviser to the hero. Talks in a slow and steady tone, and mostly in riddles – Gandalf (LOTR) – Dumbledore (HP)
  • The Troublesome Creature?: Looks all slimy and troublesome, but helpful in the end. Small and slippery, and knows a trick or two. Sometimes talks to itself, or refers to itself in the 3rd person (or creature?). The movie spent a lot of time creating the creature using CG. Close to the hero – Gollum (LOTR) – Dobby (HP)
  • The Dark Forest: The dark and mysterious forest – Fangorn (LOTR) – Forbidden Forest (HP)
  • Fang the Dog: A dog named Fang – Belongs to Farmer Maggot (LOTR) – Belongs to Hagrid
  • The Tree: The tree that tries to strangle or hurt one of the good guys – Old Man Willow – Whomping Willow
  • I don’t trust him: A scruffy looking vagabound who earns the distrust of the hero and his friends. Eventually, he turns out to be the most trustworthy, who is loyal to the hero – Aragorn (LOTR) – Sirius Black (HP)
  • The magic of 1’s: The birthday that starts it all – 111th Birthday of Bilbo (LOTR) – 11th Birthday of Harry (HP)
  • The unhealing wound: Pain increases in Enemy’s presence.- Frodo’s wound by witch king (LOTR)- Harry’s forhead scar by Voldy (HP)
  • Giant Spider: Shelob (LOTR) – Aragorg (HP)
  • Deceased Parents: Frodo’s (LOTR)- Harry’s(HP)

Frankly, too many similarities.. A coincidence? You tell me 😉



  1. Very true. I’m more a fan of HP than LOTR, but it’s obvious that a lot has been borrowed from that universe. Tolkien sort of set the standard for fantasy novels, and in fact, almost every game/novel/movie that came after has at least one throwback to the Tolkien canon (take the Warcraft franchise, for example – Blood Elves, Night Elves, Orcs, etc.).

    I think the real question atm however, is whether JKR is gonna do a “gandalf” on Dumbledore. :\ As much as I wanna see him kick some DE butt in the next installment, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be Harry (and possibly Neville) vs Voldy. Also, Harry’s prolly going to die. :\

    Anyway, just my two cents. I can’t wait for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Once I have that book in my hands, I will not eat or sleep till I finish it. 🙂

    Comment by Mahangu — January 4, 2007 @ 11:28 am | Reply

  2. i need info on harry vs lord of the ring
    this website is helpful
    but NOT helping

    Comment by angee — February 28, 2007 @ 3:53 am | Reply

  3. Hi Mifan!

    Just dropping by. I didn’t know you’re a Harry Potter fan too. I love Harry Potter, both the books and the movies, but I like reading the books better. Hope you had a great time in the Philippines. Congrats again to the SAhana Team! Keep in touch.


    Comment by itsmeela — April 26, 2007 @ 2:54 am | Reply

  4. on any given day i can say that tolkien is a better author than jk… she jus took loads of stuff from LOTR and canged it a bit.. the way tolkien explains the terrain of his world is jus stupendous..JK is not as gud.. the depth of lord of the rings is also jus amazing.. Bottomline: HP is ver gud but LOTR is better!.. im a neutral and have read both the books though my fav is clive cussler!

    Comment by rafa — May 27, 2008 @ 8:39 am | Reply

  5. Lord of the Rings is far better. Those who say it is boring really cannot appreciate good literature. They are too lazy to make that little extra effort it takes to read an actual classic.

    Comment by Kia — February 28, 2010 @ 9:48 am | Reply

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