We’ve got a real scandal on our hands! An eagle-eyed IMDB message boards critic has pointed out that there are a number of suspiciously similar visual and thematic parallels between the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Harry Potter series. Could it be that J.R.R. Tolkein ripped off J.K. Rowling when putting together his adventure?!

Overall, I like Lord of the Rings. However, I do feel that Tolkien kind of rips off Harry Potter in many ways. There are several parallels, such as elves, dwarfs, wizards, goblins, trolls, magic (especially invisibility), etc. Sauron is referred to as “Dark Lord” just like Voldemort is. There is also the elder white-haired bearded wizard who serves as a mentor, Gandalf, who is reminiscent of Dumbledore. Some of the character names are similar, such as Wormtongue as opposed to Wormtail, too. There is even a gigantic spider (Shelob) at the end of “The Two Towers” that reminds one of Aragog from Chamber of Secrets. I even noticed that the plots of both series begin with the protagonists’ birthday. Now I see that Tolkien, this unoriginal bastard, is coming out with The Hobbit in December. This would be fine, but why didn’t he just write this book first to begin with? I still like Lord of the Rings, though–don’t get me wrong–but I wonder if Tolkien has ever said in interviews whether he borrowed elements from Harry Potter. I’ll be watching the extended DVDs later this week and I think he’s featured on the commentary track, so I look forward to that.

THROW THAT THIEVING TIME GHOST IN MAGIC JAIL! He’s clearly the reverse-timeline-Carlos-Mencia of fantasy authors. Unbelievable. ACCIO JUSTICEIOSUM! Expecto LOLs! (Via Uproxx.)

Comments (65)
  1. To whomever wrote that, even if in jest: to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee. If you will excuse me, I must weep nerdy tears of pain.

    • Now I feel badly that I spent the latter half of my senior year in high school writing stuff like that on message boards. My friends wrote things agreeing with me.

  2. Just want to note for “the record” that the photo/caption on this made me LAUGH OUT LOUD as they say.

  3. Louis C.K. ripped off Dane Cook.

  4. PLAGIARIZE, YOU FOOLS.

  5. Dude’s gonna be super pissed when he watches the Extended Edition DVDs next week and finds Tolkien doesn’t make an appearance on ANY of the 4 audio commentary tracks provided!

  6. Also though, since when do we pay any attention to things people say on imdb message boards?

  7. So many nerds are going to get their jorts in a twist over this.

  8. I don’t know if any of you listen to the Dead Authors Podcast– where H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) uses his time machine to whisk up dead authors (other talented comedians), bring them to the present, and interview them about their work– but it is pretty damn funny. http://thedeadauthorspodcast.libsyn.com/

    I noticed that recently they had on Matt Walsh as Tolkien. I cannot wait to listen to that interview whenever it gets posted. I love it when comedians reference/talk about complex world mythologies of works of popular fiction (re: nerd talk). Any time PFT mentions stuff about the Fantastic Four, Galactus, and Uatu the Watcher my heart just soars. Or any time Eddie Izzard says ‘Galadriel.’ Stuff like that. Can’t wait to hear Matt Walsh’s Tolkien.

    Also, the episode with simultaneous interview guests James Adomian and Paul Scheer as Friedrich Nietzsche and H.P. Lovecraft, respectively, is batshit insane.

  9. Obvious IMDB Troll is obvious.

  10. Isnt plural of dwarf “dwarves” and not “dwarfs” or am I trippin’? You trippin’, holmes!

  11. J. R. Tolkein pulls a copy of Harry Potter off his book shelf. “Aw yeah that’s what I write…”

  12. This reminds me of the Bieber fan who said Justin is cooler than Kurt Cobain because he has more Twitter followers. She has a point. When are ghosts going to start utilizing social media to address the critiques of the public? Do a Reddit AMA already Tolkein and Cobain!

  13. Who is this Tolkein guy?

  14. The guy who wrote the IMDB critique, idiot though he be, at least managed to spell Tolkien correctly.

    And the Bible totally ripped off the whole back from death thing from Gandalf.

  15. “Fly Fishing” is still his best work.

  16. Are you fucking stupid?????????????? The Lord Of the Rings was written long before Harry Potter!! this Gabe asshole is a retarded fuck!

  17. That is one of the greatest things I’ve ever read. That Tolkien guy is totally a thief. Who the hell does he think he is, anyway? For the record, Harry Potter could kick Frodo’s ass any day of the week. Goblin THAT!!!!

  18. oh please J.R.R Tolkien has been dead since 1973!!!!! now how could he ripped off harry potter, if he has been dead for years?!?!?!?!?! do the research right!!!

  19. ALL WHO THINK THAT JRR COPIED HARRY POTTER ARE BLOODY MORONS!!!!!!! JRR WAS DEAD BEFORE JK WAS EVEN CONCEIVED!!! THAT IS THE MOST ILLOGICAL, THE MOST UNPROFESSIONAL, AND THE SHITTIEST CRITIQUE EVER!!!!!!!! EVERY STORY IS UNIQUE, BUT THERE WILL ALWAYS BE SIMILARITIES!!!!!! STUDY THE HERO CYCLE OF STORIES BEFORE YOU JUDGE ANYTHING!!!!! ^DAMN THIS MAKES ME ANGRY!!!!

    • AND TO ADD, THE LORD OF THE RINGS BECAME FAMOUS ALMOST OVERNIGHT ABOUT TEN YEARS AFTER JRR’s DEATH!!! HOW COULD HE BE INTERVIEWED?????!!!!!!!!! MORON NEVER READ THE BOOK. HE CRITIQUED THE MOVIE WITHOUT KNOWING ANYTHING ABOUT IT!!!!!! F!

  20. Its obviously a joke by an intelligent Tolkien fan and obviously a not so subtle jab at J.K. Rowling. For a few reasons. 1. It’s a concise well written statement. 2. There are no spelling errors. 3. Actual real English grammar is used. 3. Note the lack of excessive random capitalization.

  21. Dracula sooo ripped off Twilight. What was Stoker thinking copying from Stephanie. Just he got it wrong…vampires sparkle!

  22. As much as I love Harry Potter, LOTR was first published in 1954…So if anything Harry Potter ripped off LOTR

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