December 28, 2011

December 28, 2011

Similarities Between Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings

As I have stated elsewhere, I am an avid reader. The Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings books bring me profound joy. (Sad, maybe, but true.) As such, I have read both series numerous times and have noticed that striking similarities exist between them. I here list what I have noted so far. Please note that these similarities apply to the books, not the movies.

This list originally appeared on my GeoCities website, back when GeoCities existed. I recently realized that should re-post it on a domain that actually exists, so as to assist literature students henceforth.

If you are a student who will be using this list in a paper or project, please email medevam@yahoo.com for further information for your bibliography. (Are those still a thing?)


Harry Potter

The Lord of the Rings

Dark Lord Fearfully Named and Attempting a Return to Power, Who Placed Part of His Soul in a Ring

Voldemort

Sauron

Concept the Dark Lord Cannot Comprehend, Ultimately Used Against Him

Love

destruction of the One Ring

A Birthday Sets Events in Motion

Harry's 11th

Bilbo's 111th and Frodo's 33rd

Wizened Old Wizard

Dumbledore

Gandalf

Strong Non-Parental Connection

Sirius Black, godfather

Bilbo Baggins, "uncle"

Annoying Relatives

Dursleys

Sackville-Bagginses

Scar That Won't Heal

Harry's forehead, given by Voldemort

Frodo's shoulder, given by the Witch King

Inherited Invisibility Device

Cloak

Ring

Eerie Prison Controlled by Dark Forces

Azkaban

Dol Guldur

Treasure-Hoarding Goblins

work at Gringotts

one of the evil races of Middle Earth

Long-Distance Communication Method

Floo Network

Palantíri

A Dog Named Fang

owned by Rubeus Hagrid

owned by Farmer Maggot

Mischievous Pair

Fred & George Weasley

Merry & Pippin

Liquid-Filled Basin of Seeing

Pensieve

Mirror of Galadriel

Troll

attacks Hermione in a girl's bathroom

attacks the Fellowship in Moria

Dendrophobia Causer

Forbidden Forest on the edge of Hogwarts

Old Forest on the edge of the Shire

Feisty Tree

Whomping Willow

Old Man Willow

Underground Meeting with a Foe

in the Chamber of Secrets

in Moria

Hidden Cave Door

In the horcrux cave

In Moria

Intense Wizard Conflict

Dumbledore vs. Voldemort

Gandalf vs. Saruman

Elves

house-elves do chores

eldest speaking race of Middle Earth

Inn

The Leaky Cauldron

The Prancing Pony

Friendly Barkeeper

Madam Rosmerta

Barliman Butterbur

Great Hall

in Hogwarts

in Edoras

Longbottom

a wizarding family

a type of pipe-weed

Possesses a Scar on His Forehead

Harry

Merry

Seer of That Which Is Beyond

Sybill P. Trelawney

Malbeth the Seer

Worm-y Bad Guy

Peter Pettigrew (Wormtail)

Gríma (Wormtongue)

In Charge of Keys

Rubeus Hagrid, Keeper of Keys

Húrin, Warden of the Keys

Pitiable Creature, Speaks in Third Person

Dobby

Gollum

Giant Spider

Aragog

Shelob

Life-Saving Swords

Godric Gryffindor's sword

Andúril, Sting, Glamdring

Flying Creatures that Come in the Nick of Time

Fawkes, a phoenix

Gwaihir, Lord of the Eagles

Winged Escape from a High Place

Sirius, on Buckbeak, from Hogwarts

Gandalf, on Gwaihir, from Orthanc

Creepy Hooded Figures That Cause Chills

Dementors

Nazgûl

Do Not Disturb the Water Because of...

giant squid in the lake

Watcher in the Water
outside Moria

...Loses a Hand

Peter Wormtail

barrow-wight

Scruffy Bad Guy Who Turns out to Be a Good Guy

Sirius Black

Aragorn

Humans Who Transform Into Animals

Animagi

Beornings

Burning Drink That Clears the Head

Pepperup Potion

given by orcs

Group of Wizards That Fights Evil

Order of the Phoenix

Order of the Phoenix

Tree Guardians

Bowtruckles

Ents

Producer(s) of Wondrous Fireworks

Fred and George Weasley

Gandalf

Healers

work at St. Mungo's

work at Minas Tirith's Houses of Healing

Dark, Winged Steeds

Thestrals

fell beasts of the Nazgûl

Draining Heirloom, Worn Around the Neck

Locket

Ring

Item Specifically Noted as Not Able to Be Made from Nothing

Food

Fire

A Woman Both "Beautiful" and "Terrible"

Hermione

Galadriel

Disclaimers

I mean in no way to suggest, intend, or imply that J.K. Rowling has in any way taken ideas or material from J.R.R. Tolkien. I respect both of these authors immensely and post this list solely for the pleasure of those who love these great books.

Unfamiliar terms should be checked in the
Encyclopedia of Arda or the Harry Potter Lexicon. I'm not just making this stuff up.

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