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See, one of the flaws of the internet is that anyone can post their thoughts (I prove that daily). Rarely is there an editor or even common sense to stop the insanity, the inanity, and more often than not the stupidity. Take for example events that occured on the message board attached to Peter Jackson‘s upcoming LoTR prequel The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. User brian__007 wrote the following:

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 almost as a mentor, Gandalf, who is reminiscent of Dumbledore.

Is he serious? Is he a troll (internet, not bridge)? Why didn’t brian__’s 001 through 006 stop him? After a hundred or so responses (I assume half exclaiming ‘first’) the thread was deleted, thankfully before it consumed the entire internet.

More of brian__007’s thoughts on the matter are after the jump.

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.

Tolkien is yet to comment on the allegations.

Source: Uproxx

Category: Film, WTF?

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