Star Wars Lord Of The Rings Comparison Essay

Ask anyone who has seen Avatar and wants to be snarky about it, the plot of James Cameron’s epic Science Fiction adventure bears a strong resemblance to Dances with Wolves, Pocahontas, and Fern Gully.  The similarities between Forrest Gump, Big Fish, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has already been explored.  Now let’s take a look at the elements of three iconic fantasy/SF series: Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Harry Potter.  For the sake of argument, this list only refers to the film versions of the stories (sorry, Tom Bombadil and Old Man Willow), and only events referred to in the original trilogy of Star Wars will be used.  How close are the adventures of Frodo Baggins, Luke Skywalker, and the Boy Who Lived?

Story

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Based on a series of books

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X

Is influenced by classic mythology

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Features a variety of fantasy characters

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Invented a new language for races of charactersX

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 X
Involves an epic journey

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Hinges on magical jewelry that has destructive properties

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Politics have broader reach in the story than the hero’s goal

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Mythology that predates the hero’s birth

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Interaction between humans and other races of creatures

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A birthday is the catalyst for the events in the story

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A gathering of leaders meet to discuss what to do about fighting the growing evil, though leave the heroes out of the discussion

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X

Historical sword that is important to the plot

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Basin of seeing is used by the protagonist

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Attack on a fortress  or base of operations where the good guys are hiding

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Prophecies about the hero

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An object that creates light in dark places

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X

Protagonist

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Is an orphan

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Lives with uncle

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Has humble beginnings

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Has a psychic connection with the villain

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Has a scar that hurts when evil is near

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Suffers a disfigurement

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x

Uses a glowing weapon

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Uses some form of magic

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Can turn invisible with help of a special device

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X

Has a battle with the villain during the climax of the series

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X

Is an unlikely hero

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Follows in the footsteps of an older relative

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Possess an object that the villain seeks

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Witness the death of their mentor and is unable to stop it

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Disguises himself in enemy uniform to sneak through enemy territory

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X

Sees a vision of his friends being tormented, so he springs into action to save them

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X

Struggles with being overcome by the powers of darkness

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X

Is willing to die for his cause and believes this will be the outcome of his journey

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X

X

Sees good in a seemingly evil character

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X

Villains

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Returns from the dead to reclaim his power

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X

Chief villain remains largely unseen through much or all of the story so that the idea of him is worse than his reality

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X

X

Has a hierarchy of villains

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X

X

A bad guy proves there is good in him

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X

Mentor

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Is elderly

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X

Has a gray beard

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X

Wears robes

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X

X

Performs a form of magic

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X

X

Sends the hero on his journey

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X

X

Dies, but continues to mentor the hero

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X

X

A person close to them gave in to the forces of darkness

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X

X

Member of an order that exists to protect their world

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X

X

Though of by the younger generation to be crazy

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X

X

Best Friend

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Is used for comic relief

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X

X

Has a change of character and becomes heroic

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X

X

Sometimes clashes with the hero

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X

X

Mostly serves as a sidekick for the hero without doing much through a good portion of the story

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X

Gets the girl at the end of the series

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X

X

Primary Female Character

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Holds her own in a fight

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X

X

Is a princess

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X

Her bloodline is an issue

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X

Other Characters

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Duo of humorous characters who prove useful despite their initial goofiness

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X

X

A small, strange-looking creature that talks in an annoying, high-pitched voice or odd syntax

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X

Sneaky employee of the villain with “Worm” in his name

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X

Dark, scary hooded creatures that travel in packs and threaten the heroes

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X

A giant spider

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X

A secondary villain with long, white hair

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X

A secondary hero is a rogue with a shady past who lives on the fringe

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X

A large, hairy, and loveable sidekick to the heroes

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X

Supporting character who betrays the heroes due to self interest, but regrets his actions and becomes heroic

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X

Settings

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A dangerous forest

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X

X

A world similar to our own, but with magical elements unknown to most

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X

Castle fortress or other impenetrable, heavily-armed secure place

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 X

X

A water-logged location filled with the dead

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X

A pub where major plot points take place

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X

X

Underground tunnels where a fight occurs

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X

Snow-covered land where battle occurs

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X

Swamp

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X

Feel free to add to anything in the comments section that may have been overlooked.

As a bit of interest, according to Boxoffice Mojo, here are the worldwide gross receipts for each of these series:

  • Lord of the Rings (3 movies): $2,917,506,956
  • Star Wars (6 movies): $4,314,075,262
  • Harry Potter (8 movies): $7,706,147,978

In comparison, here are the box office totals for other fantasy series:

  • Twlight Saga (4 movies with 1 more film yet to be released): $2,508,379,328
  • The Chronicles of Narnia (3 movies): $1,475,977,950
  • The Hunger Games (1 movie with 2 more proposed films—The Hunger Games is still in the theaters): $631,952,067
  • The Avengers and the films leading up to it (6 movies—The Avengers is still in the theaters): $3,323,643,375 [yes, this is technically a comic book movie and not true fantasy/SF, but it’s good for comparison’s sake]

copyright © 2012 FilmVerse

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Comparison of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings

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Emma Conway 2 December 2011 Period 1 Similar yet Different The Lord of the Rings is a memorable story and is often the base idea for scenes in many different movies. One of the movies that play on different scenes from The Lord of the Rings is Harry Potter. Similar scenes from The Lord of the Rings can be seen in many scenes from the Harry Potter book and move series. The similarities can be seen in different objects, characters, creatures, and situations throughout the series. I noticed that there are some similarities between characters in both books.

In the beginning of the Harry Potter series Harry Potter is a naive and unlikely hero, like Frodo Baggins. Frodo doesn’t know the history and dangers involved with the ring and Harry doesn’t know much about the death of his parents or the task that is at hand. Though they both start out as seemingly innocent individuals as the story progresses the main characters grow and prove to be the heroes that they need to be. Also, the most classic and recognizable character similarity is that of Gandalf and Albus Dumbldore.

They are both wise and powerful wizards that are on the side of the heroes. There are times where they don’t play an important part in the story, which is how they give a chance for the hero to mature and grow in confidence. It is one of the mysterious ways in which the wizards work. People mostly recognize this connection, also, because in the Harry Potter films there is a framed portrait of Gandalf the Gray hanging in Dumbledore’s office. Another character connection is the one shown through Samwise Gamgee and Ron Weasley.

They are both the ever faithful sidekicks to the heroes. Though Ron has a time where he doubts Harry’s pursuit and leaves, he does come back and continues to assist his friend on the quest to find the horcruxes. The quests can also be seen as yet another similarity between the two stories. Frodo and Sam are on a quest to bring the ring to Mount Doom in order to destroy it. Harry and Ron are on a quest to find the different horcruxes of Lord Voldemort. Both are out to destroy the ultimate form of evil in their world.

Horcruxes can also be another similarity between the two stories. In my view, horcruxes seem to be based off of the ring itself. Though a horcrux is an object in which a wizard or witch hides a fragment of their soul for immortality, it is commonly found among dark or evil wizards. The ring contains power from Sauron while the main horcruxes discussed in the Harry Potter book contain soul fragments from Lord Voldemort. Both, the ring and the different horcruxes, are forms of ultimate evil and if they are destroyed then the worlds will be saved.

Another object the ring could be compared to is the invisibility cloak. Though the ring technically takes you to another world it still makes you invisible in your current world. The invisibility cloak does exactly what its name says, makes the wearer invisible. Besides characters and objects, there are also many similarities between the creatures in each story. In The Lord of the Rings there are the Nazguls and in Harry Potter there are Dementors. Both of these creatures are dark and evil creatures that cause many problems for the heroes.

One of the big similarities is the fact that both stories have very large spiders. In The Lord of the Rings we are introduced to Shelob, the spider that tries to eat Frodo before he can enter Mordor. In Harry Potter we see Aragog, the beloved pet spider of Hagrid. Two other similar creatures are Gollum and Dobby. These creatures are small pitiable creatures that seem to always talk in the third person. They both assist the heroes, though they have different motives.

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Dobby wants to help Harry defeat Lord Voldemort and save the wizarding world while Gollum only wants the ring for himself and plans on getting rid of Frodo and Sam before they can finish the quest. Also, both Gollum and Dobby are killed in the pursuit to rid the ultimate evil. This is not the only story that shows similarities to The Lord of the Rings. There are similarities in The Wizard of Oz, Star Wars, The Chronicles of Narnia, and many more. The Lord of the Rings is the inspiration for many scenes and characters throughout different literary works and movies.

Author: Brandon Johnson

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