Fight: The Lord of the Rings vs Game of Thrones

The Lord of the Rings and Game of ThronesWhat? Exactly, these two don’t seem to be the most comparable, but the more one thinks about them, the more alike they become. Think of it this way: they are both medieval epics with some mythical influences in an extremely immersive and huge world, a large cast of characters who are fighting for the throne in order to defeat the evil that has taken over the land, as well as at least a few characters who have a Hero’s Journey and an underdog story, and they’re both extremely long and based on books (Rings and Thrones book links here), and the list goes on. Of course, there are many things that separate these two iconic works, but if we just focus on the above attributes that connect them, which one of these two do you prefer, or which one do you think executes it’s methods best?

My favorite aspect of both of these is the emphasis on fantasy lore, which in The Lord of the Rings includes Dragons, the Eagles, magic Ring(s) and swords, wizards, Elves, Orcs, Hobbits, Giants, Trolls, and other fantastical things. Many of these carry over into Game of Thrones as well such as Dragons and Giants, but this mythology adds so much more as well like wargs, white walkers, the three-eyed raven, and so much more. In both stories, the world is full of rich history in all of the peoples and tribes, with legends dating back centuries “to the time before…”. In The Lord of the Rings, we hear of history about the Hobbits and the Elves, including wars between states and the when Evil first emerged into the world (very Biblical in this area). We actually see some of this at the beginning of Fellowshipand in the Hobbit films as well. In Game of Thrones, we hear about the ancient Valyrian Empire, the different rulers throughout the Ages and the changing of being ruled by kings to houses, and the history of the Dragons, who hadn’t existed in the present world for as long as they hadn’t in Rings. 

Also, both of these stories deal with “prophecies” of the return of the King: in Rings, this is Aragorn while in Thrones, the legend is that “the crownless again shall be king,” or something along those lines (the chosen one). The MAIN goal of each story is for there to be a king, and to rid the world of the evil.If we look specifically at characters, there are similarities to Frodo Baggins and Jon Snow, who are both the underdog who have to gain people’s respect against the odds and become the people’s choice at the end through sheer determination and work. Their best friends and side kicks are both named Sam (Samwise Gamgee and Samwell Tarly), who are both very loyal and innocent characters who are shy, but have a great heart. Sean Bean dies in the first installment of both, but in a very sacrificial way that teaches at least one other character a lesson, and sends them on their journey with more drive than before, but that’s stretching a connection. In Thrones, Tyrion is the unfavored son of a King, who has a brother that everybody, including his father, loves more (and isn’t afraid to make this known). In Rings, Faramir is this character, being the son of a mad king and the brother of renowned hero and warrior Boromir. Jaime and Boromir are both characters who begin the story as very dislikable and untrustworthy characters, but eventually become respectable and beloved as the stories go on. Both Jon Snow and Gandalf get resurrected magically, as well.

The Orcs (and Uruk hai) and White Walkers bare certain similarities, as their existence represents the fact that there is evil in the world that must be eradicated. Also, there are the Elite versions of each one which pose greater threats to our heroes, such as the Nazgul and the Night King- which are only able to be defeated by an underdog, which makes them more notable in the story. Anyways, the list can go on forever, and the ties become more stretched and less believable and persuasive, but what do you think about the points I make? If I had to pick one, I suppose I would say Game of Thrones as there will be 73 hours of material once the series is done, while The Lord of the Rings has 12 hours, and then 9 hours of The Hobbit movies. But, I love them both, and the only reason I can choose one over the other is simply because there is more material- but I do get more bored with Thrones and I’m not a fan of the entire 5th season. Which one would you choose? As always, thanks for reading, comment and share if you liked this, and I’ll see you soon!


Published by Blake Carson Schwarz

Indiana University graduate in Media and Creative Writing. I love to write my own stories as well as experience the work of others. On this site, I post reviews, essays, and other fun posts that I hope you have as much fun reading and I have writing. Please share any comments you have, I'd be happy to hear what you think! *Never a critic, always a fan*

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