The Fellowship Of The Rings And The Lord Of The Rings

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The phenomenal works of John R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones are well known and respected around the world. There are similarities as well as differences in these two works with respect to their themes, plots, and writing style. These uniquely written stories are what make them popular. Game of Thrones uses aspects of reality and fantasy to create its storyline. The Lord of the Rings (also referred to as The Fellowship of the Rings) interprets what greed does to people in a fantasy world. Perseverance and friendship are themes represented in both stories. In The Fellowship of the Ring, Frodo is sent on a courageous journey with his friends to get rid of the ring because of its corrupt power. In …show more content…
Jamie Adair is a Boston-based writer and editor who originally grew up in England. The fantasy world created by Game of Thrones brings together real life themes. These are known as “timeless themes” because they are recognizable issues not only in today’s world, but in real life history. Timeless themes reflect on poverty, greed, materialism, as well as the power struggle. “We don’t traditionally think of the Middle Ages as being materialistic because we associate that word with shopping and purchasing material objects” (Adair 1). The materialistic theme in Game of Thrones comes from the need for land. It is historically proven that, “many nobles eagerly shed blood to acquire things, partially land” (Adair 1). With the need for obtaining land comes greed and power. Adair says, “Game of Thrones subtly incorporates this theme of greed. That’s the stake that Houses like the Freys and Boltons have in the War of the Five Kings.” Having land gives families the power to, “preserve their land and family name (“legacy”) for their children” (Adair 2). Many of the Game of Thrones themes reflect issues in the fifteenth century, which makes them timeless

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