10 Times Game of Thrones Stole From Lord Of The Rings

  • Published: 29 May 2019
  • Game of Thrones was obviously heavily inspired by Lord of the Rings! Subscribe to our channel for more awesome videos: bit.ly/Subscribe-to-Screenrant

    It’s safe to say that JR Tolkien set the bar incredibly high with his fantasy series The Lord of the Rings. Between the books and movies he really set the standard for the genre and A Song of Ice And Fire author George RR Martin admits to being inspired by his work. But are there some times when his series went from paying tribute to straight up stealing? We’ll look over some interesting parallels between some of the characters and let you decide whether Jon Snow more closely resembles Aragorn or Frodo Baggins.

    Although the Iron Throne has no magical powers it functioned very similarly to the One Ring, at least where Daenerys Targaryen was concerned. She may have turned into the mad queen in the end but Arya Stark was able to accomplish something truly incredible and survive to tell about it much like another popular female character from Return of the King. Oh, and do we even have to point out the tons of similarities between Samwell Tarly and Samwise Gamgee?

    What do you think about the similarities between these two epic fantasy series? Did HBO manage to pay appropriate tribute to this iconic series or did they borrow way too heavily from certain scenes? Tell us what you think about the fantasy conundrum in the comment section below and give this video a big thumbs up. Before you go make sure to click on the subscribe button to get access to more videos from us here at ScreenRant.

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  • Tereza Frdlíková
    Tereza Frdlíková  5 days back

    I sometimes like to think that The Lord Of The Rings is the life before Game Of Thrones and that Game Of Thrones sort of carries on the story somehow idk

    • Pikaia Lotti
      Pikaia Lotti  3 weeks back

      A good chunk of Michael Moorcock's elric stories were also used in game of thrones.

      • Neil O Connor
        Neil O Connor  3 weeks back

        There is a house called umber and land in lotr called umbar

        • Kingdom of Hungary
          Kingdom of Hungary  4 weeks back

          This isn’t mentioning that Martin named a dragon drogon

          • Tyler Caldwell
            Tyler Caldwell  1 months back

            Great video. Just wanted to make one correction. Frodo goes to the Gray Haven harbor to sail to the Undying Lands. He does not sail to Gray Haven.
            Loved The connections that you drew from two of my favorite fantasy stories

            • John Striker
              John Striker  1 months back

              *Lord of the Rings* >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> game of thrones xP

              • Groundhog Day 1993 is AWESOME!

                Hated GOT from the start.
                Loved LOTR from the start

                • Deborah Kogan
                  Deborah Kogan  1 months back

                  Great! Thank you!

                  • Ila Iranparast
                    Ila Iranparast  1 months back

                    lord of the rings pitch meeting

                    • DonoFab
                      DonoFab  1 months back

                      This video seems widely exaggerated. Sure, a small amount of it could make sense, but most of these "stolen" plot points are just boiled down to the basics so they'd seem similar enough to pass for that. Allow me to share my thoughts on arguments I disagree with.

                      Frodo's and John's wounds. I doubt a mortal wound (or multiple in John's case) would heal particularly well anyway.

                      Dying and returning (like both Gandalf and John did) is as common in fiction as potatoes are in Ireland, so that's an argument you can throw straight into the toilet right away.

                      As for number 5, it kind of seems like you assume that George was "greatly influenced" by lotr's ending, just because he says he didn't agree with it.

                      Though I can see the similarity between Drogon carrying Dani away and the eagles carrying the hobbits away. LITERALLY ANY MOVIE WITH GIANT FLYING CREATURES CAN HAVE SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

                      As for number 8. Books? That's the "Big stolen plot point"? C'mon, Screen Rant

                      The strong female hero saving the day is hardly a valid argument. Yea, Eowyn killing the Whitch King and Arya killing the night king is somewhat similar, but that's literally the only thing (aside from gender) that makes them resemble each other.

                      Once again, these are just my opinions. If you disagree, I can be willing to read your opposing argument.
                      Unless you hate on me. Then I'll just ignore you.

                      • Thierry Daou
                        Thierry Daou  1 months back

                        You make it sound like GoT S8 was actually good.

                        • pnynx
                          pnynx  1 months back

                          In both , the power destroys power given by the unique ring and power by the iron thrones

                          • Pewpew Bigboy
                            Pewpew Bigboy  1 months back

                            LOTR always has and always will be better.

                            • Alex Crane
                              Alex Crane  1 months back

                              9:06 Unlike Aria, Éowyn doesn't pursue her feminist desire to not be a woman anymore after she did what she had to do. Its not in the movies, but Éowyn after the war of the ring becomes a tender hearted house mother again, which is objectivley a better ending.

                              • Loki Laufeyson
                                Loki Laufeyson  1 months back

                                LOTR >>>>>> GOT

                                • ineedatention
                                  ineedatention  1 months back

                                  u have glejak

                                  • Emilce Diaz
                                    Emilce Diaz  1 months back

                                    After the awful ending of GOT, I feel that comparing these two is blasphemy!

                                    • kampinak
                                      kampinak  1 months back

                                      how about Pippin singing? they also stole that before the undead attacked...when the wildlings attacked the wall it was very similar to the siege of Minas Tirith

                                      • Jay Lewis
                                        Jay Lewis  1 months back

                                        Yeah, except if GoT's ending was equal to LotR quality-wise, before they'd reached Mount Doom Frodo would've slapped the One Ring around the base of his cock and said to Sam
                                        "The only reason I took it in the first place was so I could use its power to stay hard forever without cumming as you suck my dick, my beloved friend," and then Sam got on his knees and the credits rolled.

                                        • Angel Rodriguez
                                          Angel Rodriguez  1 months back

                                          Similarities between stories are inevitable. Most stories are in some ways reconceptualization of previous arcs. What makes each telling unique and compelling is the voice in which they are narrated. From this point of view Martin’s works are distinctively different that Tolkien’s,

                                          • Yogita Agrawal
                                            Yogita Agrawal  1 months back

                                            GRRM didn't write season 8 so everything you say here is incorrect

                                            • michael .D
                                              michael .D  1 months back

                                              Thank you for this video... LotR my all time favorite fantasy series was brought back into view.

                                              • Nikola Krstic
                                                Nikola Krstic  1 months back

                                                sean bean dies in both got and lotr.

                                                • andemaiar
                                                  andemaiar  1 months back

                                                  I think Gandalf and Tyrion have some parallels. They are both deemed wise, but also make several mistakes. They tend to guide a lot of their fellow folks.

                                                  • Ethan Harmer
                                                    Ethan Harmer  1 months back

                                                    Umm. I get the vibe that it isn’t really George who borrows from lord of the rings. But really D and D. Just because you see similarities in a story doesn’t mean they are “borrowing”. Though Samwell and Samwise feels way too obvious. So I will give you that

                                                    • gareth devlin
                                                      gareth devlin  1 months back

                                                      Game of thrones is Lord of the rings I am surprised a lot more people didn't want to catch it on I mean Sean bean dies in both of them even on the Cover of season and 1 Sean is on the throne and you think Lord of the rings they destroy the and the throne John snow can't be be king because it would be the same as return of the king they had to make a of a different

                                                      • Hector Lugo
                                                        Hector Lugo  1 months back

                                                        "heavily inspired." lol sure

                                                        • todd phillips
                                                          todd phillips  1 months back

                                                          this is why i hate game of thrones it ripped off lord of the rings. ypu suck game of thrones

                                                          • King Cozy
                                                            King Cozy  1 months back

                                                            Lord of the rings >>>

                                                            • nick conroy
                                                              nick conroy  1 months back

                                                              The nature of writing tends towards "stealing" from other literature.

                                                              • Jomo Hunter
                                                                Jomo Hunter  1 months back

                                                                Damn very bad... Both got destroyed by fire?? Wow...
                                                                And u know the books aren't finished but u still say got has a more real diplomatic king?? Dude this was just unrealistic in this time

                                                                • Cine Mairon
                                                                  Cine Mairon  1 months back

                                                                  There are also quite many similarities with the Hobbit movies in the last season.

                                                                  • sulaiman nasir
                                                                    sulaiman nasir  1 months back

                                                                    Cerci didn't get to die like this after all that character has done so much wrong and worse thing she died so simple unbelievable

                                                                    • SoloPerICommenti
                                                                      SoloPerICommenti  1 months back

                                                                      Tolkien didn't finish the Silmarillion, though

                                                                      • josh waring
                                                                        josh waring  1 months back

                                                                        SoloPerICommenti at least he finished his principle series

                                                                    • Shane O'Connell
                                                                      Shane O'Connell  1 months back

                                                                      Isildur and Elrond would have died in fire in Westeros.

                                                                      • Howard Matthews
                                                                        Howard Matthews  2 months back

                                                                        So many comparisons for Tolkien Vs Martin, yet you are forgetting that most of the last few seasons weren't written by Martin as the books aren't finished.

                                                                        • Kaiser
                                                                          Kaiser  2 months back

                                                                          You forgot the burning of kingslanding and the burning of dale

                                                                          • Carol Murray
                                                                            Carol Murray  2 months back

                                                                            Well GoT DID straight up steal a LotR actor! 🤣

                                                                          • Brayan Janneau
                                                                            Brayan Janneau  2 months back

                                                                            This video is such bullshit
                                                                            You should not make assumptions based on the tv show man, but the books

                                                                            • Aurora Artemis Starlight
                                                                              Aurora Artemis Starlight  2 months back

                                                                              Me: Fascinating
                                                                              Also me: I don't even know about GOT

                                                                            • Adeela Javed
                                                                              Adeela Javed  2 months back

                                                                              GOT was good until they ditched the show.. idiotic writing at the end

                                                                              • jasamrekojasamrekoja
                                                                                jasamrekojasamrekoja  2 months back

                                                                                Someone calling it with real name, finally - stealing it is.

                                                                                • Seal Of Approval.
                                                                                  Seal Of Approval.  2 months back

                                                                                  I can’t believe Game of Thrones stole Sean Bean

                                                                                  • Ann Leslie
                                                                                    Ann Leslie  2 months back

                                                                                    ONLY 10 things?!
                                                                                    Comparison between the two is just wrong. GRRM pirates SO MUCH from LOTR. Excuse me was “influenced” is that what it’s called now?
                                                                                    Hopefully ASOIAF isn’t going to have the same as The Dune series

                                                                                    • Cody Snow
                                                                                      Cody Snow  2 months back

                                                                                      So what is King Bran's Tax policy?
                                                                                      Does he have a standing army?
                                                                                      Does he kill all the Dothraki?

                                                                                      • josh waring
                                                                                        josh waring  2 months back

                                                                                        Cody Snow the Dothraki just go home, I believe. But you’re right, George doesn’t go into hardy any thing else.

                                                                                    • Emily Giuffre'
                                                                                      Emily Giuffre'  2 months back

                                                                                      Martin doesn't think a good man could be a good king, but anyone chosen to be king will do just fine, no matter who he is. His logic is faulty, as well as his end to GOT

                                                                                      • Le Zhang
                                                                                        Le Zhang  4 weeks back

                                                                                        He has nothing to do with GOT.

                                                                                    • Loki01
                                                                                      Loki01  2 months back

                                                                                      Samwise Genji?

                                                                                      • Nora M
                                                                                        Nora M  2 months back

                                                                                        Well GRR Martin have been saying that soiaf is inspired of lotr and war of rose's. He have been saying that before GoT.

                                                                                        • josh waring
                                                                                          josh waring  2 months back

                                                                                          Nora M yes, but it’s impossible to ignore all the other things he ripped from— especially LotR and the Dune series.