- Apr 24, 2018
I don't think Brian did that. The number of similarities between the two are striking when listed out has he did.I think that there is always a danger when you rend a story down to its barest components, in that you lose the story itself and can even, through that process, lose the actual story in a bid to make it simpler. And when rendered down enough a lot of stories can appear very similar to each other even if there's no actual intent.
Nor is it being suggested that LOTR is self-plagiarism. I think the similarities are either accidental (the events and geography somewhat guided his hand), the result of a desire to refine the structure of the Hobbit, or is a purposeful mirror designed to contrast the two tales. But they are too similar to just say that they both fit Campbell's Hero's Journey and there's nothing more to it.