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Lord Of The Rings vs Beowulf

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Rebecca Christian

on 12 November 2013

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Transcript of Lord Of The Rings vs Beowulf

Most don't know, but much of these books were inspired by

For Starters
Frodo Baggins,one of the main characters in LOTR, name seems to have come from
In Beowulf there is a King called Froda. Which is very close to Frodo, who also becomes a king in his own right.
Another Name Taken
the introduction of Grendel comes with the word "ogre". Taking the old English translation Tolkien came up with "orcs".

Along with the name the Orcs also take on many characteristics of Grendel.
Move only in darkness
Hate joy and cheer
Orcs came from Elves
Grendel came from Cain
Based on the hero Beowulf, Aragorn has humble beginnings, and travels over the lands.
His manner of appearing to aid those who are being pursued by wraiths, is similar to Beowulf helping the Sheldings. Meeting with Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin in Bree Aragorn offers aid and explanation, including what the wraiths are. He battles the wraiths the next night with fire, but only after they stab Frodo with a poisoned blade. Aragorn drives them off for a short while. Eventually they chase Frodo to the Fords of Bruinen, where a great flood unhorses them.
This is similar to Beowulf's fight with Grendal, who kills a man before Beowulf begins the fight. Neither use their swords, and both creatures are finally defeated under the water
Boromir, son of the ruling Steward of Gondor plays Unferth to Aragorn's Beowulf. Aragorn has far more renown and reputation then Boromir, plus he will supplant Boromir's father as king of Gondor. He becomes "sick with envy" at Aragorn, and the tension continues throughout their travels.
However unlike Unferth Boromir is brave, and aids the others in fighting off orcs, watchers in water, and other horrible things.

At the end, Boromir turns from Unferth to Beowulf. Fighting off hundreds of orcs to save Merry and Pippin, Boromir is pierced by arrows while the two hobbits are carried off. Charging in, Aragorn slays the leader, and then comforts the dying Boromir. In a funeral boat, stocked with everything he owned, Boromir is sent down the nearby river Anduin and over the falls of Rouros towards Gondor. Boromir resembles Beowulf because he attempts to fight something he cannot win against. He dies, like Beowulf, from his wounds and is give a grand funeral. Aragorn takes on the role of Wiglaf, killing the leader and then staying beside the fallen Boromir. Merry and Pippin parallel the Geats; carried away by raiders after the fall of the leader.
The Golden Hall of Meduseld

Under the rule of King Théoden of Rohan, the Golden Hall of Meduseld starts to decay. The arrival of Gandalf and his comrades at Edoras closely echoes the arrival of Beowulf at Heorot, King Hrothgar’s hall.

Halls were often perceived as a metaphor for the prosperity and agricultural viability of the land. In Beowulf, the land is plagued by the monster Grendel, and similarly the hall was abandoned and fell into disuse.

Balrog Fight
Gandalf’s defeat of the Balrog in the mines of Moria. Throughout the description of the epic battle, the Balrog remains nameless. Likewise, Beowulf attacks Grendel’s mother, who is not given a name.
They fight for ten days without rest in the lake, through ancient tunnels and finally on the peak of a mountain, were Gandalf kills the Balrog.

In Beowulf’s fight with Grendel’s mother. In order to fight the monster, Beowulf must reach her lair underneath a lake. A battle ensues and the hero is dragged by the monster to the bottom of the lake. After nine hours of fighting, Beowulf emerges victorious.

Moving to The Hobbit
The swords obtained from the trolls in
The Hobbit
glowed when goblins were near. Similar to the sword Beowulf found in Grendel’s mother’s cave which gleamed in gold work.
Another thing about swords is that in both stories the weapons are named.
To prove himself to the others, he steals a great golden cup from under the dragon’s nose. This scene has exactly the same motives and outcome the scene where the wretched slave fleeing punishment for a crim
e steals a cup a
s a gift for Beowulf,
so that he could
have his life.

Simple Similarities
Both hoards are cursed.
Both hoards were also guarded by a dragon.

The dragon figures that the thieves who stole his cup must have come from the Lake Town. The dragon in Beowulf figured the same thing, and went out on an angry rampage for his cup. Bilbo had seen the dragon’s vulnerable spot when he had talked with him earlier. "There is a large patch in the hollow of his left breast as bare as a snail out of its shell!" Bard a resident of Lake Town is then told of this weak spot and he proceeds to slay Smaug with an arrow.

Bard symbolizes Wiglaf. He did the killing, as Wiglaf gave the fatal wound to his dragon. Bard became the new ruler of the town, Wiglaf also became Beowulf’s heir and inherited his throne.
Both dragons died in/or close to the water.
A epic poem written around 700 A.D.
Has grown to become one of the most recognizable texts to date. A groundbreaking paper entitled “Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics” published by J.R.R. Tolkien gave the manuscript the recognition as a serious work of art.
He is the author most notably of the
Lord of The Rings
trilogy (or one book depending on perspective) and
The Hobbit: There and Back Again

Rebecca Christian
Frances Gener
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