Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Star Wars and Lord of the Rings (How related these two unrelated topics really are)

Hi! It's me again! I'm not even going to bother apologizing for not posting in, like, three months because I KNOW I will do it again! ;)

In any case, as you all probably know, the newest Lord of the Rings movie is the prequel: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. And if you're a LOTR fan you've probably seen it. I am also a LOTR fan and have seen it last Tuesday night, not having time to watch it earlier, and being the last screening I got my butt as fast as possible to the movies and in the theater. Now, while I was waiting for the movie to begin, being the only one of five people in the theater, gave me a lot of thinking time.

When this little train of thought started to ride through my head I was first like: "You're kidding me!" But the more I thought about it, the more it started to make sense!
That is the origin of this post, the post in which I will explain to you just how much Lord of the Rings and Star Wars are alike in both plot and characters:

Let's start with the basics:

Both series started with an original trilogy which tells the story of the young hero:

Star Wars:

A New Hope
The Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi

Lord of the Rings:

The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King

Then...it got a set of prequels which tells the story of the hero's father/fatherly figure:

Star Wars:

The Phantom Menace
Attack of the Clones
Revenge of the Sith

Lord of the Rings:

An Unexpected Journey
The Desolation of Smaug
There and Back Again

Okay...so we got something in that division already, now let's take a look at the plot of the first and second original movies...

 First of all, both star an ambitious young guy from an ordinary life...

Who have no idea who their real parents are and lives with their uncle (and aunt)...

Then one day they meet a bearded mentor...

Who tells them a rather interesting story about a guy who wants to rule everything...

And who has an evil sidekick who is obsessed with an achromatic color...

The hero was obviously dumbfounded by it but after finding his uncle/aunt, gone/dead he decides to accept an out-of-ordinary gift with some strange power...

And then together with some...um...unusual friends...

 They set out on the journey with the bearded mentor...on the journey they ran into some fights with the evil guys...

 And made some new friends...one with a talent for shooting stuff...

 An aggressive, hairy one...

And one who claimed himself/herself the leader of the posse...

Unfortunately the bearded mentor died (aww) but came back (yay)! But not quite the same (aww)...

Somewhere in the middle of the whole story the hero got sick of the other characters, decided to ride it solo, but got too scared and took one of the... um...unusual friends with him...

On their journey they met a rather...*how shall I put it*...strange creature, with strange features and a...unique...way of speaking...

Who helps them on their journey/quest...

Also the unusual friend strongly dislikes the strange character.

Well, it isn't 100% the same but you can see the resemblance. Here are a few crucial facts that aren't the same (and I sincerely HOPE they will never be...):

  • Aragorn and Legolas DOES NOT fall in love (gag).
  • Saruman IS NOT Frodo's real father.
  • Yoda DOESN'T have a twin personality OR plan to kill Frodo behind his back! (phew!)
Return of the Jedi and Return of the King are pretty much original and didn't have any...resemblances or similarities, except for the names of course (you get it? Return of the... and Return of the...oh nevermind!)

'Til next time!

Your unfaithful blogger,

Note: after googling a bit I saw that some things like this has been done already but I decided to make my own one! Plus...this one has pictures! ;D


  1. It just shows the genius of Tolkien and Lucas that they could take a conventional story and make it so fresh and exciting. Have you read Eragon? The plot is also very similar. I had a hard time getting into it, because the plot was near identical to Star Wars. I guess not everyone hasthe gift.

    1. I started to read Eragon but got bored after a while and returned it to the library. You said the plot is near identical to Star Wars? Bet it didn't have lightsabers! ;P