Important things to remember when reading Magician by Raymond E. Feist. It’s Krondor not Gondor. The elves live in large trees in Elvandar not Lothlorien. When they were in the dwarven tunnels they were attacked by a Wraith not a Balrog. Elves don’t go to the Grey Havens they go to the Blessed Isles. The beautiful lady of the elves is Algaranna not Galadriel. I could go on, but why bother. It isn’t that Mr. Feist didn’t have any ideas of his own – he actually had some very good ones – it’s that he “borrowed” shamelessly from Mr. Tolkien.
And for you gamers out there – Mr. Feist seems to have had more than a passing acquaintance with M. A. R. Barker’s “Empire of the Petal Throne”. (Barker says Tsolyani but Feist says Tsurani. Yan Kor - Yankora. Don’t let me get started.)
uhm, by your logic pretty much everything ever written is a rip-off off the the bible, or some other ancient script..
Krondor sound like Gondor. Just as Middle-Earth is borrowed from Norse folklore. So if Feist is bad because of this so is Tolkien. And to be honest Feist has a bucketful of city and place names which will revealed during the series - and yes some of them are taken directly out of the real world - and I guess there might be others which sound like something out of Tolkien or another writers work.
Elves lives in trees, dunno who came up with that, but it was way before Tolkien.
Someone was attacked in a tunnel - .. both books also had battles between large armies, they also both features a main character that was below normal height. By the way the wraiths are not at all like Balrogs, and if you did pay attention when reading/viewing LOTR you might realized the attack of the Balrog was a bit more significant in the storyline - it didn't just separate them.
Elves rules by women - or let me take it further - a whole population rules by women.. As never seen before in the real world than Tolkien. If they had been rules by a man would you draw the same parallel with Elrond?
... And yeah, elves that die in Tolkiens world does not go to the Grey Havens - they go to the Halls of Mandos. They who left Middle-Earth went to the Grey Havens - because that's were they had boats to take them to Valinor - The country of the Gods- but they didn't die.
I am quite sure Feist has borrowed/got inspired from Tolkien - like a lot of Fantasy writers have done. And you can find the same in every other genre.
There are some similarities with LOTR but on the whole the universe Feist has built, I feel, is quite different. The concept of the Valheru and Rifts, for example, is entirely alien to the world of Tolkien. But I do see how one could draw similarities since a lot of Fantasy writers are inspired by or borrow something or the other from Tolkien.