Sunday, July 17, 2011

Aragorn, Aragog, and Eragon

- 3 very similar names from 3 very different fantasy books turned movies in the 2000's. Each series of books/movies includes dragons. But which one is which?

Let's start with the original.

Aragorn, son of Arathorn, and Isildur's heir, also known as the ranger Strider, is from JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.  In the movies he's played by Viggo Mortensen, but you already know that. Aragorn fights courageously then takes his rightful place as king. I know I'm a dork, but one of my favorite parts in the book The Fellowship of the Ring is the part where they sing a song about Aragorn's awesomeness.

Next on our list is Aragog. Aragog is a giant spider (acromantula) from Harry Potter, (not to be confused with, Shelob, the giant spider from The Lord of the Rings.) Aragog is a friend of Hagrid, but got him into a lot of trouble while Hagrid was in school. Later, Aragog nearly kills Harry and Ron, yet Aragog's death provides a means for Harry to extract an important memory from Slughorn. It all comes full circle, see?

The last and lamest of our trio is a boy who can talk to dragons, Eragon, from, wait for it... Eragon. (I bet this movie's kicking itself for coming out before the 3D craze.) I haven't read these books, but I saw the movie. It's almost so terrible that it's enjoyable. Ed Speleers plays Eragon, and... well, I'm actually getting most of this movie mixed up with In the Name of the King, which was also so terrible that it's enjoyable. I mean, it's so bad. I think I'll go watch In the Name of the King, but only after I add some photos to this rather silly blog.

1 comment:

  1. I like to use the three names interchangeably. It drives nerds nuts. :)