Thread: Similarities Between Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit
Mad dash through the underneath of a mountain, only to lose a memeber of the group along the way. Later, that member will rejoin.
Bard, Lake-town, Aragorn, Gondor and Arnor.
beorn = ents, having to cross the Misty Mountains, the eagles, the loss of Gandalf. I've always looked at it as a grand grand retelling of the Hobbit. And enjoyed it all the more.
Sorry I was just being cheeky. Really though, there are many similarities to other stories in Tolkiens greater mythology, such as Beren and Luthien and Aragorn and Arwen. Im certain that you could draw paralells between Borimir and Turin.
Remember that the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings is the end of the story, a story that tolkien had been writing since 1918 or so in France. While I dont think that he intended LOTR to be what it became, the greater tapestry of the mythology that he was writing, the hobbit was "woven in". In fact, LOTR was an attempt at the beginning to write a sequal to the hobbit, a variation on a theme as it were.
The ents and Beorn do have similarities...(bearing in mind Tolkiens extreme dislike of allegorical comparisons).
Both Beorn and the Ents represented in the story, a concept and a very powerful plot device. The concept they represent is the power of nature that tolkien loved, Both Beorn and Treebeard were powerful lords of the natural world, and were representatives of and provided a voice to things that could not speak for themselves.
Beorn and Treebeard also represented the plot device of rest and rejuvenation and unlooked for help. Unlooked for but not unknown (In both instances Gandalf knew of them). In both instances, characters gained insight through interaction with them. It was a place for characters to regroup and refresh (in treebeards case it was just the hobbits Merry and Pippin).
I am sure that they have other similarities. But thats all I can think of at the moment.
Although they may seem like opposites, both stories start with a party during which the main character is involved in hte current quest. Bilbo is hired as a thief, and is told the story of the Lonely Mountain, while Frodo inherits the ring, and is told the story (a chapter or two later) of Sauron and Isildur.
Although it is kind of off-topic, a huge difference in the two stories is that the Hobbit is about restoring something (the Lonely Mountain), whereas Lord of the Rings is about preventing something from being restored (Sauron's power).
As long as the Rings survives Sauron will. As long as the objects will Voldemort's soul in it survive so will he.
Arago... Aragorn and Aragog
Loose their parents
Both Harry and Frodo lost their parents.
Neither like their living relatives (except Bilbo, who, Frodo doesn't know at first, is still alive)
Both have to attack a troll.
both have scars given by the enemy that hurts if they come close. Frodo has a scar where he got stabbed and Harry where Voldemort hit him with the curse.
NB This is indeed a curious thread!
".... and Smaug swooped down in a hurricane of wings; but Spider Man, keeping his cool in the face of the great dragon's onslaughting furnace breath, sent out a super-strong strand of lycraweb, which wrapped up the great jaws. Spider Man pulled tight and the great jaws jammed closed. Smaug thrust and throbbed and plunged wordlessly into the waters of the lake; it was Spider Man's turn to make clever jibes as the waters steamed and frothed. Spider Man then sang a little song,
"Smaugy got all webbed and wound,
And now nary a word, nor wordy sound
Comes out his big fat mouth,
Which once was as big as a house,
But it's now in lycraweb bound,
(His silence is profound!)"
And the Men of Lake Town cheered with deep lusty voices, and the Women of Lake Town curtsied prettily and bustily, and a certain man, a fruiterer and bowman, by name Bard, sat in a corner and got drunk, repeating the same refrain over and over again: "Another second and I'd have got off a shot....just one more second...."
and so on and so forth....