Before we dive into this we’ll need to look at a few facts.
Let’s face it. We are all Harry Potter fans. Whether it be the books or the movies, most of us can quote and maintain at least a 2-3 minute conversation about it. Harry Potter opened a magical portal filled with infinite morals, happy memories and goosebumps long enough to talk to our grandchildren about it for years to come. We grew up with Rowling’s work and there will never come a day when we will look back and think that we are too grown for it.
Because the fact remains in it’s truest sense that it was the greatest influence on our childhood with all its parables on friendship, loyalty, bravery, and wisdom.
However, little do we know that there exists a base from where this wonderful phenomenon was sprout and it exists in a place called Middle-Earth. It began in the little hearts of the Hobbits of the Shire which brought Men, Dwarves and Elves together to travel the greatest journey ever recorded in literary fiction.
By this, I do not mean to thrust the notion of plagiarism in this write-up. By all means, no. Harry Potter is one of a kind in every way and nothing can ever live up to it. I personally would lean to it if given a choice because it lay the foundation of my childhood.
However, for every extraordinary piece of writing – Narnia, Harry Potter, The Sword of Shannara, The Ballantine Adult Fantasy series and other alike, existed a seed from where its magic sprung and this, without a doubt, was Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.
The Lord of the Rings was released in 1954 and before that, The Hobbit was released in 1937. While both were parts of the same story, it was The Lord of the Rings which catapulted the genre of Fantasy in the literary world.
It is many tales and in a way, only one tale. Whilst all the characters have the most intricate and comprehensive personalities, with regards to it, they were specially selected for each of their purposes but ultimately all fighting the same battle.
It is a story of friendship and the need to do what is right in situations where the pressing matter doesn’t even involve oneself.
It shows how weakness and strength can embody one and still make a difference. It teaches us to overcome prejudices and that one must always endure patiently. From dragons, spells, wizards, magic doors and ghosts to moral lessons, it has everything that a fantasy novel should have. If you thought your heart could never hold a place for another fantasy novel, you may be mistaken.
Lord Of The Rings continues to live in most fantasy books in the form of its values, grandfather figures, character archetypes, heroes and villains. And although I do owe all those happy Harry Potter reading sessions solely to Rowling (and will continue to do so), I will always keep in mind its birthplace and the ingenuity of J.R.R Tolkien.
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