Thread: what's the relationship between Lord of the rings and medieval legends?
Hum.. yes, I've been thinking about this for quite some time now.... let's see, the first story about knights and stuff must be the one aboutTristan and Isolde, right?
And from Tristan and Isolde some bright man developed the story about King Arthur. An yes, and from King Arthur, sprung the whole story about Avalon and its magic, written by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Ok, so maybe these wasn't exactly the first. Hehe.
Ah, I'm just babbling.
Anyway, perhaps Galadriel could in some way be a look-a-like to Guinewere? I mean.. Galadriel and Guinewere, both names you can hardly pronounce And then they're both very important persons, queens and very respected. Physically they're both tall, blond, slim, very beautiful and keeps dressing in white. Well, there's a certain similarity, even if Guinewere is completely lost in her religion while Galadriel seems more openminded, even if still ever so mysterious.
And perhaps King Arthur could in smoe way relate to Aragorn? Once again: Arthur and Aragorn, very similar names. Pyshically they look very different, Arthur is blonde and very fair while Aragorn looks tough and and is rather dark. They're both important kings who will unite people and heal the country. The differences would be that Arthur becomes king when he's 19 while Aragorn is like.. what, 82?
Hum.. Are there more? Perhaps Legolas and Lancelot? Once AGAIN, the names.. And Lancelot means Elven arrow. Though they look completely different, Lancelot is not that tall and very dark while Legolas is tall, very fair and light and slim. Then again, Legolas is prince and if Guinewere and Arthur couldn't conceive a child, the oldest son of Lancelot would take over the throne.
Hum.. ok, that's all from me right now, I might be back with more. But for now: Over and out.
Thanks for the help!
I cant wait for more.....
maybe that link will help you out Spock.
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If you're interested in playing this kind of comparison game (or not, really) I recommend Robert Jordans Wheel of Time series in which all the Arthurian characters have their "canonical" relationships turned on their head (except Galad is still an a-----e, and that would be true without the White Cloaks.) Excalibur is there thinly disguised, but it doesn't belong to Artur Hawkwing (though he has another famous sword of his own.) In fact, the nouveau Excalibur could probably be lost or destroyed without changing the outcome of the story (all things considered, it might even help.)