Fantasy Series I Love with Battle

True, there are several books I love with some uprising or some battle. But, what if this time I only mention just one genre? Fantasy is a genre we expect it in, particularly those with some kind of quest it in it or a story of good vs evil. So, what are some of those fantasy books?

Harry Potter

Well, this is one of those “good vs evil” series. As well as a lot of challenges and trails- particularly for our main trio. Whenever something tends to happen at Hogwarts, our Golden Trio usually is involved. Harry’s best friends are Ron and Hermione (so these three make up the main trio). You truly see a quest unfold in the final book- hunting for those Horcruxes (the key to destroying Voldermort), and its where the actual Battle happens.

The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings

Yes, this series and HP share a number of things in common. But they still are so different from each other. The Hobbit in many ways is a prequel to Lord of the Rings. Both are quests and both have a hobbit as our protagonist. Plus, a different kind of quest- as in one is a quest to reclaim the dwarves homeland, and one is quest to destroy the One Ring.

Battle of the Five Armies- this is part of The Hobbit

Battle of Helm’s Deep- this is part of The Two Towers (the 2nd Lord of the Rings)

The Major Battle- part of The Return of the King (the 3rd of the Rings); this is the biggest battle in ALL of Lord of the Rings. Sauron’s army is full of several orcs (the only problem is fight terribly) and the kind of weapons they have is terrifying. At least the good guys are full of hope, and some can fight well (as in our major characters), but outnumbered- at least Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas were able to recruit new members.

Chronicles of Narnia

Why do I feel like in MOST fantasy battles that the good guys are way outnumbered?? Happened in Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Narnia—-but eventually got extra help.

Similarities Between Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings

In the world of literature and musical theatre, there are parallels. What do I mean by that? It basically means things that are in common between characters, plot points, and other things. True, nothing is exactly the same, but we still can notice how “this character is similar to this character” due to similar life experiences and personalities. Well, I have noticed a LOT of things in common between Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter- I have a feeling Rowling might have gotten inspired by Tolkien. So, what parallels did I spot?

The Golden Trio and Sam/Frodo

Would Frodo have made it without Sam? And would Harry have defeated Voldermort without his two best friends? Sam, Ron, and Hermione have proven to be loyal and brave to Frodo and Harry. True, Frodo wanted to continue on his quest to Mordor alone, but Sam wouldn’t allow it- he helped him in many ways due to the power of the Ring; because of it, there was no way Frodo could destroyed it.

Harry had to rely on his best friends during many challenges and trials- they always had to figure things out when something went “wrong” at Hogwarts. But their hardest challenge was finding the Horcruxes, but like Frodo, he didn’t want Ron and Hermione’s help, but he needed them. There was no way of knowing where they were or how to destroy them.

Merry/Pippin and Fred/George

Even those characters are quite similar. Merry and Pippin are troublemakers in Lord of the Rings- due to that, you wonder why they are even part of the Fellowship, but you soon realize why (not until The Two Towers)- they care about Middle Earth. Fred and George, Ron’s older twin brothers, are troublemakers as well, but provide some comic relief and fun to Harry Potter, and even take part in The Battle of Hogwarts.

Dark Lords

The antagonists of both series are dark lords- that is exactly what Sauron and Voldermort are.

The Ring/Horcruxes

These objects are pretty similar—-yes, there are more Horcruxes. Both have the ability to easily corrupt those who have them. Frodo and Harry are given the task to destroy them- that is the only way to defeat Sauron and Voldemort (that is they they seem invincible). The Ring not only has the power to easily corrupt, but weaken the ringbearer as well (as in closer you get to Mordor, the weaker you get), and even the power to tempt you.

The Horcruxes can also easily corrupt- Voldermort managed to create 7 (Harry had to destroy all of them). They can literally be anything or be hidden in several places- so that is why it be hard to find them.

Massive Spider Attacks

Both series had major spider attacks- the one against Shelob and the one against Aragog. But, the Shelob one was creepier—–Sam had to come ringbearer for some time- only when he had to rescue Frodo from orcs.

Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter

At the moment, I am rereading the Harry Potter series, which is my 3rd reread series of the year. Eventually, I will reread Lord of the Rings, which will follow with other Tolkien books. In my opinion, I think Rowling got inspired by Tolkien due to some parallels.

The Golden Trio and Sam/Frodo

The Golden Trio in HP consists of Harry Potter, Ron, and Hermione, who are best friends. These three go through many trials and challenges throughout the series. They stay loyal towards each other the entire time, which is especially during their quest to find the horcruxes. Harry wanted to go alone, but his best friends wouldn’t let him—-there was no way of knowing where to find them (they could be any object).

Would Frodo have made it without Sam? Frodo needed Sam every step of the way. At the end of Fellowship of the Ring, Frodo almost left alone to continue on his quest to destroy the ring. But just like HP’s best friends, Sam made sure Frodo wasn’t alone. Due to the power of the ring, Frodo needed Sam’s help at times- especially at Mordor.

Fred/George and Merry/Pippin

These are two sets of troublemakers. Fred and George are twin brothers of Ron. They always liked to play jokes, so troublemakers basically. Same thing applied to Merry and Pippin- one might wonder why were they are a part of the fellowship- they kept on slowing things down due to the troublemaker side of them- you don’t realize their purpose until Two Towers, but at least they provide comic relief.

Dumbledore/Gandalf

These two characters are very similar, if you think about it. Both are powerful and old wizards—–who are mentors at times to some of the other characters.

Two Dark Lords

The antagonists of HP and Lord of the Rings are Dark Lords- that is exactly what Voldermort and Sauron are.

Horcruxes and the Ring

Those are objects in HP and Lord of the Rings that NEED to be destroyed. Both have the power to corrupt anyone who has them. If the horcruxes aren’t destroyed- Voldermort would never be able to die. If the Ring isn’t destroyed, Sauron will always have his power.

Two Big Spider Attacks

There are two massive spider attacks in both series. It is scarier in Lord of the Ring because Shelob is creepier especially after she attacked Frodo- that is why Sam had to be ringbearer for a little bit- he had to be the one to rescue him from the orcs. Aragog in Chamber of Secrets—–he may have helped Ron and Harry, but then had the intention to kill both boys, but at least they got away, but still pretty scary.

I actually recommend HP fans to read or watch Lord of the Rings

The Golden Trio and Sam/Frodo

Today, I decided to talk about a character parallel in the book world. In my opinion, I think Rowling got some inspiration for Harry Potter from Lord of the Rings. There are several similarities.

The Golden Trio

In Harry Potter, The Golden Trio consists of Harry, Hermione, and Ron. They are best friends, who go through many trials and challenges throughout the series. Whenever something “bad” happens at Hogwarts, it always seems to involve them. Their toughest challenge was finding the horcruxes —–they can be any object and there is no way of knowing where they are. Harry wanted to do this challenge alone, but his best friends wouldn’t allow it—-they really are that loyal to each other.

Sam and Frodo

Just like the Golden Trio, Sam and Frodo are also best friends. Sam was one of the members of the fellowship. It was Frodo’s job to destroy the ring, an object that can easily corrupt and weaken the ringbearer. At the end of the first book, Frodo was going to leave everyone, but Sam wasn’t going to leave him. He stayed with him on his entire journey.

Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter- Friends

I did once mention that those who love Harry Potter will also love the Lord of the Rings series. Both have a number of parallels. One of the many parallels comes from Frodo and Harry Potter’s best friends. What is in common between Sam, Ron, and Hermione?

Spoilers:

Okay- would Frodo have made it to Mordor without Sam? In addition, would Harry have defeated Voldemort without Ron and Hermione? Here’s what I think- I do not think that would be possible. In both cases- they had to depend on their best friends. Frodo had to destroy that one ring and Harry had to destroy the horcruxes in order to destroy the dark lords.

Here was the challenge with the ring and the horcruxes. The ring can easily corrupt and weaken the ringbearer. The horcrux can easily corrupt as well-the other challenge is where to even find them and figuring out how to destroy them. There are multiple horcruxes to destroy.

Both Harry and Frodo wanted to do this challenge alone, but Sam, Ron, and Hermione would not allow it. They knew there was no way Frodo and Harry would not easily do it alone. Throughout the Harry Potter series, Ron and Hermione stayed loyal to Harry- they were with him every step of the way. Harry, Ron, and Hermione had to do more than just destroy the horcruxes- sometimes it meant going down the trap door or going into the Chamber of Secrets to destroy the monster snake or when Umbridge wasn’t going to teach them Defense the Dark Arts do it instead- so when something happens, they were always there. Their hardest task though was destroying the horcruxes.

Frodo really did not want Sam to be with him after Fellowship of the Ring. He wanted to continue on the Quest alone. Sam would not allow it. Sam was with Frodo every step of the way.