So I went and watched the premiere of Eragon earlier on, and throughout the 1 hour 40 minutes show, I can’t help but feel like it’s a deja vu of Lord of the Rings.
Don’t get me wrong though, i absolutely heart the movie. Especially the dragon, Saphira. Now
i want a pet dragon too! i feel even prouder to be born in the year of the dragon (=
For those of you who didn’t know, Eragon is a trilogy written by Chistopher Paolini. LOTR on the other hand is also a trilogy but written by JRR Tolkein. See?
Similarity number 1.
Eragon was published in the year 2003, the very year LOTR released it’s last part of the trilogy to the wide screens across the world. Most likely, Mr Paolini here got his inspiration from the movie. Hey hey, one can only do to speculate.
Similarity number 2.
Saphira the dragon and Eragon of Eragon
Nazgul and Frodo of LOTR
Similarity number 3.
Then, like LOTR has Sauron the evil head and his equally evil side kick Saruman, so does Eragon. In Eragon, King Galbotorix plays the evil King of Alagaesia, and he has his equally evil
puppet sidekick Durza.
Similarity number 4.
Durza of Eragon
Saruman of LOTR
Okay, maybe he looks more like Grima Wormtongue of LOTR instead.
Like every movie, there’s some romance in it. So like how LOTR has Arwen, Eragon has Arya. Both elves too!
Similarity number 5.
Arya of Eragon
Arwen of LOTR
Okay, there’s a lot more to this. It’s not just the characters, but its the settings and everything else. Even the Uruk-hais from LOTR and the beasts from Eragon look so alike. Then there’s the swords. In LOTR there was the sword which Elrond ‘repaired’ for Aragorn. In Eragon, Eragon was given a sword named Zar’roc.
So maybe you’re telling me, “It’s just a coincidence. The story do take place in almost the same era. And after all, it is a fantasy. There’s bound to be dragons.”
Before you’re gonna say that, let me remind you I’m not critisizing the movie nor am I saying Mr Paolini is a copycat. I’m just conveying my thoughts and how deja vu it is to watch this movie.
And I DO recommend you to go watch this movie. It has a little bit of everything in it. Humour, action, romance, and whatever else you want.
Edward Speelers(Eragon) certainly did a good job considering this was his first movie. He’s heading the right way and I’m sure he’ll be famous one day. Rachel Weisz(voice of Saphira) and John Malkovich(King Galbatorix) both did their parts as well.
Okay, enough. Go watch!
And i quote from Eragon,
That’s the spirit…
One part brave,
Three parts fool.