What other book series is comparable with Lord of the Rings in Fantasy fiction?

@ram_cv (16516)
India
February 28, 2007 12:12pm CST
I have read a lot of fantasy fiction series like Harry Potter series and even recently I read Eragon. I want to know from others at mylot as to which other fantasy fiction series is comparable to Lord of the Rings?
9 responses
@Janga666 (22)
• Canada
20 Jun 07
Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis have written most of the Dragonlance novels. I haven't personally read them, but I heard they are very entertaining. The Wheel of Time books are very interesting. I've only read the first two in the series but I'm very impressed with the amazing complexity of the characters and the storyline itself. I think you should try reading the first book (called The Eye Of Teh World) and decide from there if you want to continue with the series.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
22 Jun 07
I definitely have the Wheel of Time in my vision of books to read. I will go through it once I am wrapped with my current set of books. Cheers! Ram
@cd_lear (74)
7 Mar 07
Though I think nothing will compare to the Lord of the Rings, I think that the Magician series by Raymond E. Feist was a great series. A trully epic trilogy in itself, but he has written some much more in the series for the devoted fans. I've also read the Dune series, and all the Harry Potters, which were also very good.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
8 Mar 07
This is a new series about which I have not heard before. Can you give me the names of the books of the series so that I can check it out. Cheers! Ram
• United States
5 Mar 07
My favorite series of books is the Dune series by Frank Herbert. They are closer to science fiction than fantasy but very interesting. There are 6 books in the original series and now it is being continued by his son Brian Herbert. I discovered them about 18 yrs ago and about every 5 yrs I get them all out again and re-read them. Every time I read them I find something that I missed or overlooked in previous readings. There have been 3 movies made from the books so far, I hope they continue making movies thru the series.
• United States
6 Mar 07
you're right. dune is definitely science fiction, not fantasy, but it is an amazing series! i'm partial to the first few books, again, a series rich in it's own mythology and history. i also highly recommend these books!
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• Israel
3 Mar 07
lots of people say harry potter i dont like harry potter because the magic in it is overrated i mean magic on lotr is more realistic
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
3 Mar 07
Hmm.. I somehow like both the Harry Potter series as well LOTR. I felt that Harry Potter started very fresh and then got darker steadily. LOTR on the other hand starts very dark and gets darker. Cheers! Ram
• United States
2 Mar 07
The Wheel of Time series is a great read, but only if you're willing to commit to the long haul. Thirteen books is a lot for some people (I loved it though!). Also, please please please don't judge a book by it's movie. Give Narnia a chance. C.S. Lewis is one of the great fantasy masters of all time. Granted, the book does have a pronounced Christian allegory-type bent (which is a negative for me), but it's still a phenomenal series.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
2 Mar 07
Yep, you are right, the fact that there are 13 books is what is deterring me from going in for Wheels of Time. Regarding Narnia, now I think I would need to rethink and read this book. Cheers!
• Pakistan
1 Mar 07
well i think its a book called wheel of time or something like that i found it similar to lotr
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
2 Mar 07
I have heard about this series, but the fact that there are 10 plus books in this series, is deterring me from picking it up. BTW, how good are these books?
• United States
28 Feb 07
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson are the most similar to LotR that I have found. When I first read them, I thought they were *too* similar, a magic ring must lead a reluctant hero to a mountain where an evil must be destroyed. It is a three book series, and the further you get into it, the less like LotR it becomes. It has a rich history of the magical world, like LotR, but the characters are markedly different. The hero (or antihero, really) of the series is Thomas Covenant, who is a leper, which adds a whole new demension to the works. The author's father was a doctor who dealt with leprosy his entire career (treating it and studying it, he didn't have it), so it is very realistically portrayed. I would highly recommend them to any science fiction/fantasy fan.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
1 Mar 07
Sounds interesting. Although, I have not heard of this series, the background that you have set is good enough for me to take a look at this series. Thanks a lot.
@aswinpai (186)
• India
15 Jul 07
i can relate LOTR to chronicles of Narnia and the Wheel of time. and also in a way to everybody's favorite Harry Potter series.
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• United States
5 Mar 07
Another series for you to consider reading is the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. It is considered his life's work, written over a 20+ year period. It consists of 7 books, but is a startlingly quick read. It is an impressive genre-mix of fantasy and western. I didn't think it would work, and believe me, it does. It tells the story of Roland of Gilead, the last Gunslinger, who goes questing, meets a variety of people, and eventually does complete his quest. Other characters in the book are from different times as well as backgrounds (i.e. the 80's for Eddie, the '60 for Susannah, and i think the '90s for Jake). The book also connects to a lot of other King works, most notably the Stand, but also Salem's Lot, Black House, and some short stories. It can be as involved as you choose to make it, just reading the series, or immersing yourself in the mythology, but either way, it is a must read!! I feel so stupid for not mentioning this before...sorry ya'll!!!
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