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Ok I have to say it. As much as I love tolkien and the entire "Lord of the Rings" saga I am really getting sick of people comparing everything in the fantasy world to them. Ok, I get it, Paolini certainly did base the plot around some of the star wars plot and yes, he probably did take some influence from Lord of the Rings, most fantasy writers do. I dare say that when Tolkien was writing the "Rings" he most likely borrowed influence from others. Same goes for Lucas. So when reading these books just stop comparing and accept them for the great books that they are. JD 23:27, January 19, 2012 (UTC)

Couldn't have said it better. I totally agree. :) You're right, Tolkien did take influence from a lot of sources. --Weas-El  01:04, January 20, 2012 (UTC)
Let's see: Dunsany, Eddison, Morris, Howard, Smith, Moore, Cabell...--Wyvern Rex. 08:45, January 20, 2012 (UTC)
If you want to get technical, CP took things from the Hero's Journey archetypal story, which is what Star Wars is also based on. In that case, there's bound to be similarities between the two "franchises". It's not just Star Wars that uses that archetype, so there could be plenty more he "stole" from, when in fact he was following a "theme", which will be done again and again by authors not named Paolini ;) And all writers use other stories to influence theirs, they just may not realize it. You can't help but reuse something you've read or seen. How much they reuse it is up to the author, though :P Fallen62 - Talk | Contributions 19:07, January 30, 2012 (UTC)
I think this quote says it all
Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.Voltaire Bluealien122 (talk) 11:45, August 29, 2012 (UTC)Bluealien

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