IMDB User Sets The Record Straight “Lord Of The Rings” Totally Ripped Off “Harry Potter”

Paul O'Flaherty

You can’t make this stuff up. Well you could, but that would make you very sad indeed, almost as sad as IMDB user brian_007.

Two days ago Brian, the James Bond wannabe, wrote a rather long post on the IMDB boards (post has since been deleted) for Peter Jackson’s upcoming prequel The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey explaining why he thinks J.R.R. Tolkien TOTALLY ripped off J.K. Rowling.

What a dirty, rotten, plagiarizing git J.R.R. Tolkien was, right folks? Oh, how I weep for the future of humanity.

In case you can’t read the text on the image below, here’s the full text for to make your brain pick an ear to exit via…

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.


  1. Kari Kirschke Sims June 21, 2012 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    TROLL!!!! IN THE DUNGEON!!!!! Thought you oughta know…..

  2. Sam June 21, 2012 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Wow. Moron.

  3. Jon Peterson June 22, 2012 at 11:49 pm - Reply

    I think he’s featured on the commentary track, so I look forward to that.

  4. Anna June 23, 2012 at 3:01 am - Reply

    wow some people are far too stupid for life ! So Tolkien began to write the Hobbit in 1930 it was published in 1937, the same year he began to write the Lord of the Rings. The first two volumes were published in 1953 and the 3rd volume in 1954! Seeing how JK Rowling was born in 1965 I dont see how it is possible that Tolkien “ripped off Harry Potter” *rolls eyes in disgust* what a loser!


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