It’s Star Wars Day, and I figured I’d do something a little different by going into the similarities between Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings. It’s kind of a running joke in my family that Star Wars is really just The Lord of the Rings in space, and here I shall prove it to the world. Some of these may seem fairly obvious; others may be completely bonkers, but all should be entertaining.
Luke Skywalker = Frodo Baggins
Ordinary guy (but with famous relatives) living a pretty ordinary life suddenly finds himself in the middle of a plot that could destroy the world.
Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader = Bilbo Baggins
First in the family to have epic adventures, is temporarily under the influence of the Dark Lord but fights off the influence and becomes one with the Force/sails to the Grey Havens.
Obi-Wan Kenobi = Gandalf
The man responsible for seeing both generations off on their respective adventures–also dies and comes back in a more powerful form.
Emperor Palpatine = Sauron
Do I really need to explain this one?
Han Solo = Aragorn
Ruffian who turns out to be a hero.
Princess Leia = Arwen
A princess who always has a plan and is not afraid to make sacrifices for the people closest to her no matter what the personal cost.
C-3PO and R2-D2 = Legolas and Gimli
Best friends who are always bickering.
Lando Calrissian = Eomer
The friend who shows up in Part II and is crucial to helping win the battle in Part III.
Count Dooku = Saruman
Former good guy who turned traitor. Bonus points for both parts being played by Christopher Lee.
Yoda = Gollum
Odd-looking creature with a weird speech pattern who shows our hero the way to complete his quest.
I know, I know, I couldn’t find parallels for all of the LotR characters (which makes me sad because I would love to know who Eowyn and Sam are analogous to), but I think these are pretty accurate, nonetheless–and funny, too, which was the whole point behind this post.
Happy Star Wars Day!