(Disclaimer: what individuals take away from such stories is quite subjective, so this is merely my opinion, combined with the opinions of a few others. Basically, rabid Potter fans, please don’t abuse me)
These are similarities I have observed between the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Harry Potter series. I’m not claiming to be the first person to notice such similarities (all of the links at the end make that obvious), but I’m simply posting this because it is the result of a fair bit of reading and close observation.
I’m aware that one could argue that Tolkien’s writings have had an impact on all fantasy literature that followed it, but my issue with J.K is that she denies any connection between her books and his, when the evidence suggests otherwise.
Firstly, both are monomyths; that is, they document a hero’s journey; both feature the old wise man figure or senex; and both feature many staples of fantasy literature. These similarities are not what I am referring to; the list below looks at more subtle similarities - similar details that are oddly specific.
Villains referred to as “Dark Lord” who desire to regain physical shape
Frodo and Harry - deceased parents, taken to live with uncle (although Bilbo not his uncle in the book), scars from evil forces (Frodo’s from the Morgul blade, Harry’s from Voldemort)
Evil hooded creatures - Nazgul and Dementors
Similar creatures borrowed from mythology - elves, goblins (Orcs), trolls, giant spiders (Shelob and Aragog)
Sauron’s life force bound to the ring, cannot die while it exists - Voldemort and his horcruxes
The bodies in the Dead Marshes and the Inferi in the cave
Wormtongue and Wormtail - both weak and strongly influenced by the antagonists
Gollum and Kreacher - unwilling helpers to the protagonists, single-minded (Gollum on the ring, Kreacher on the locket), speak in broken English
Inherited invisibility device
Basin of seeing - Galadriel’s Mirror and the Pensieve
Characteristics of the ring - weighs the wearer down (Frodo atop Mount Doom) - the locket in HP7 weighs the wearer down
Phial of Galadriel (“a light in dark places, when all other lights go out”) and the Deluminator
Narsil/Anduril and the sword of Gryffindor
Birthdays set off events - Frodo receives the ring and begins his journey; Harry receives his Hogwarts letter
Words that are forbidden - Sauron is sometimes referred to as “The Unnamed”, “The Nameless” and “He whom we do not name”, Black Speech; Voldemort referred to as “He Who Must Not Be Named”
Old Man Willow and the Whomping Willow
Where J.R.R researched various kinds of mythology - Scandinavian/Norse, Germanic - and was inspired by various cultures - Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Norse, Germanic, J.K borrowed from more contemporary texts and appropriated the research done by earlier authors to fit into her own series of novels.
The purpose of me compiling this list is not to criticise the Harry Potter series completely, just to indicate that J.K Rowling may have been more influenced by the series than she cares to admit.
A quote from the woman herself: “[Any similarities between the books are] Fairly superficial. Tolkien created a whole new mythology, which I would never claim to have done.” She also claims to not have read The Hobbit until after completing Philosopher’s Stone, and that she only read the trilogy in her teenage years. If this is the case, perhaps the details stuck with her more than she’d care to admit?
Additionally, in a biography, the author interviewed her former husband and housekeeper and both mentioned that she always had a copy of Lord of the Rings in her hands.
Take from this what you will - I’m still a fan of both, but after reading as much as I have about the similarities, I find it hard to have much respect for J.K Rowling. If you’re going to borrow details from the most popular fantasy novels of all time, at least acknowledge the influence they’ve had on your writing.
Special thanks to kettlecat for her input and assistance! :)
It doesn’t mean I hate LGBT community. Because I am a supporter.
It doesn’t mean I force women to give birth. Because I never will.
Take what you want from my blog, but never assume I’m just your stereotypical pro-lifer. It is VERY possible to ask questions, state your opinions in a civil manner on this blog. I am respectful and I enjoy answering all questions received!
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Let me tell you some things.
I used to investigate child abuse and neglect. I can tell you how to stop the vast majority of abortion in the world.
First, make knowledge and access to contraception widely available. Start teaching kids before they hit puberty. Teach them about domestic violence and coercion, and teach them not to coerce and rape. Create a strong, loving community where women and girls feel safe and supported in times of need. Because guess what? They aren’t. You know what happens to babies born under such circumstances? They get hurt, unnecessarily. They get sick, unnecessarily. They get removed from parents who love them but who are unprepared for the burden of a child. Resources? Honey, we try. There aren’t enough resources anywhere. There are waiting lists, and promises, and maybes. If the government itself can’t hook people up, what makes you think an impoverished single mom can handle it?
Abolish poverty. Do you have any idea how much childcare costs? Daycare can cost as much or more than monthly rent. They may be inadequately staffed. Getting a private nanny is a nice idea, but they don’t come cheap either. Relatives? Do they own a car? Does the bus run at the right times? Do they have jobs of their own they need to work just to keep the lights on? Are they going to stick around until you get off you convenience store shift at 4 AM? Do they have criminal histories that will make them unsuitable as caregivers when CPS pokes around? You gonna pay for that? Who’s going to pay for that?
End rape. I know your type errs on the side of blaming the woman, but I’ve seen little girls who’ve barely gotten their periods pregnant because somebody thought raping preteens was an awesome idea. You want to put a child through that? Or someone with a mental or physical inability for whom pregnancy would be frightening, painful or even life-threatening? I’ve seen nonverbal kids who had their feet sliced up by caregivers for no fucking reason at all, you think sexual abuse doesn’t happen either?
You say there’s lots of couples who want to adopt. Kiddo, what they want to adopt are healthy white babies, preferably untainted by the wombs and genetics of women with alcohol or drug dependencies. I’ve seen the kids they don’t want, who almost no one wants. You people focus only on the happy pink babies, the gigglers, the ones who grow and grow with no trouble. Those are not the kids who linger in foster care. Those are certainly not the older kids and teenagers who age out of foster care and then are thrown out in the streets, usually with an array of medical and mental health issues. Are they too old to count?
And yeah, I’ve seen the babies, little hand-sized things barely clinging to life. There’s no glory, no wonder there. There is no wonder in a pregnant woman with five dollars to her name, so deep in depression you wonder if she’ll be alive in a week. Therapy costs money. Medicine costs money. Food, clothes, electricity cost money. Government assistance is a pittance; poverty drives women and girls into situations where they are forced to rely on people who abuse them to survive. (I’ve been up in more hospitals than I can count.)
In each and every dark pit of desperation, I have never seen a pro-lifer. I ain’t never seen them babysitting, scrubbing floors, bringing over goods, handing mom $50 bucks a month or driving her to the pediatrician. I ain’t never seen them sitting up for hours with an autistic child who screams and rages so his mother can get some sleep while she rests up from working 14-hour days. I don’t see them fixing leaks in rundown houses or playing with a kid while the police prepare to interview her about her sexual abuse. They’re not paying for the funerals of babies and children who died after birth, when they truly do become independent organisms. And the crazy thing is they think they’ve already done their job, because the child was born!
Aphids give birth, girl. It’s no miracle. You want to speak for the weak? Get off your high horse and get your hands dirty helping the poor, the isolated, the ill and mentally ill women and mothers and their children who already breathe the dirty air. You are doing nothing, absolutely nothing, for children. You don’t have a flea’s comprehension of injustice. You are not doing shit for life until you get in there and fight that darkness. Until you understand that abortion is salvation in a world like ours. Does that sound too hard? Do you really think suffering post-birth is more permissible, less worthy of outrage?
“Pro-life” is simply a philosophy in which the only life worth saving is the one that can be saved by punishing a woman.
To me the Australian protests seem to be less about these problems that are specific to the US (healthcare, corrupt banking etc) and more about how the abuse of capitalism has enabled these huge inequalities between the uber wealthy and the uber poor, which definitely is an issue that does affect Australians, though not to the same extent as in some other countries. Of course, there's a million other little agendas floating around the protests as well, which complicates things...
This is a good explanation of (possibly) what those protesting in Australia want - you make me feel stupid, considering you’re in the year below me!
Is it just me or did this person obviously use a thesaurus
The air is heavy with a potent fusion of ersatz perfumes coalesced with sweat and cigarette smoke. The summer heat floods my mind with psychedelic imagery. Saccharine smells from downstairs waft up the spiral staircase-an avalanche of wooden planks that vociferate with every movement I make. The music makes my head spin like the staircase I am ascending. My hands become clammy with every gap I manage to avoid slipping through. Peering down queasiness overwhelms me. A door emerges. I torpidly approach it. The key inside the lock is alluring. I begin to turn it, my heart pumping vigorously as if on the fastest lane of an autobahn. As I seize the handle I take into account the unfamiliar sensation that engulfs my right hand. A premonition? Curiosity persists and so I take the risk and enter. The door screeches open disturbing the foreboding silence. Darkness. An acute, sharp pain in the abdomen sends me spiralling downwards and I find myself in a familiar setting.
40. Did you have a good day yesterday? - Yes! Spontaneous trip to a cafe in Sans Souci that is quickly becoming one of my favourites, and I drove there and back, so good food + more driving hours = good day!
44. What’s the best part about school? - I ain’t at school no mo’, but I did enjoy seeing some people I am on friendly terms with every day. I expect that now school is over, maintaining friendships that were once effortless will become difficult.
49. Is your life anything like it was two years ago? - Not particularly. Different interests, different friends, different mind set. And two years ago, I wasn’t preparing for the goddamn HSC, so I envy my past self.
50. What are you supposed to be doing right now? - Studying haaaaaaa
52. Are you nice to everyone? - I try to be, but with some people there’s just no point.
56. Do you think you like someone? - You ;)
78. Anyone you’re giving up on? - My sensible side says no and not to be silly Cathy, ignore your irrational emotions and stop drawing sweeping conclusions.
80. Name something you have to do tomorrow? - STUDY
11. Are you a social or an antisocial person? - I think as I get older, I’m becoming more social. Especially when drunk ;) I have my antisocial moments though, especially when I’m feeling low.
21. Name something you dislike about the day you’re having. - I’ve had this headache since I woke up and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.
31. Do you have any empty alcohol bottles hidden somewhere in your room? - For months I had a few stashed in my wardrobe, but now it’s all on display on my shelf since a) I am now 18 and legally allowed to showcase alcohol to visitors if I so desire and b) my mum could not possibly care any less than she already does about it being there.
41. Think back 2 months ago; were you in a relationship? - Nay, considering I have never been in a relationship!
51. Do you hate the last guy you had a conversation with? - Dad? Nop, I am quite fond of him really.
When people respond with ‘mmmm’ or give one-word responses
Privilege denying douchebags/homophobes or homophobes who are in denial (“gay guys are cute, I want a gay best friend! lesbians are disgusting though”)/women who hate on their own gender (those fucking kitchen jokes ARE NOT FUNNY)/all babies want 2 get borned types - lumped together because they aren’t peeves so much as things that make me rage
The sound of people eating
Patriotism that causes you to hate other countries