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Parallel worlds in Tolkien and Dumas

News from Bree

Aug 19 2010, 7:00am

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Rutland Herald's retired editor Kendall Wild has written an interesting opinion piece on the parallels between 'The Lord of the Rings' and the 'Count of Monte Cristo' by Alexandre Dumas. Here's an excerpt:

There is an odd similarity between the "Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien and the "Count of Monte Cristo" by the senior Alexandre Dumas. The characters and places have different names, but the overall framework of each is very much alike.

The central theme of both novels, of course, is a quest. Frodo's quest (often capitalized as "Quest") is to carry the evil ring of Sauron to the volcanic fire of Mount Doom and destroy it, thus destroying Sauron.

The quest of Edmond Dantes, in the Dumas novel, is to exact revenge on the people who falsely imprisoned him, stole his girlfriend, and caused his father to starve to death.

You can read the full article at the Rutland Herald website. [Read More]

(This post was edited by Silverlode on Aug 20 2010, 12:26am)

Subject User Time
Parallel worlds in Tolkien and Dumas News from Bree Send a private message to News from Bree Aug 19 2010, 7:00am
    I do believe this comparison has stretched the realm of credibility. Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska Aug 19 2010, 10:51pm
        My thoughts exactly Isely Send a private message to Isely Aug 20 2010, 8:22am
        True. FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Aug 20 2010, 9:35am
    Eighth-Grade 'Insights' Ostadan Send a private message to Ostadan Aug 20 2010, 5:58pm
    I've enountered comparisons between the works before. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Aug 20 2010, 9:19pm
        That's a pretty vague comparison FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Aug 21 2010, 4:47pm


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