I saw Lord of the Rings... (9)

1 Name: John Goldberg : 2006-11-19 06:21 ID:AJCQrArR

And I was worried.

Maybe it was the way that all the baddies were dressed in black, or maybe it was the way that the fighting uruk-hai had dreadlocks, but I began to suspect that there was something rotten in the state of Middle Earth.

When I got home I dug out my copy of The Lord of the Rings from a box somewhere - okay, so I pulled it straight off the shelf - and found there was worse to come. The Two Towers is the story of the battle between Isengard and Rohan. In the good corner, the riders of Rohan, aka the “Whiteskins”: “Yellow is their hair, and bright are their spears. Their leader is very tall.” In the evil corner, the orcs of Isengard: “A grim, dark band… swart, slant-eyed” and the “dark” wild men of the hills. So the good guys are white and the bad guys are, erm… black.

This genetic determinism drives the plot in the most brutal manner. White men are good, “dark” men are bad, orcs are worst of all. While 10,000 orcs are massacred with a kind of Dungeons and Dragons version of biological warfare, the wild men left standing at the end of the battle are packed off back to their homes with nothing more than slapped wrists.

Perhaps I’d better come right out and say it. The Lord of the Rings is racist. It is soaked in the logic that race determines behaviour. Orcs are bred to be bad, they have no choice. The evil wizard Saruman even tells us that they are screwed-up elves. Elves made bad by a kind of devilish genetic modification programme. They deserve no mercy.

To cap it all, the races that Tolkien has put on the side of evil are then given a rag-bag of non-white characteristics that could have been copied straight from a WAR leaflet. Dark, slant-eyed, swarthy, broad-faced - it’s amazing he doesn’t go the whole hog and give them a natural sense of rhythm.

Scratch the surface of Tolkien’s world and you’ll find a curiously 20th-century myth. Begun in the 1930s, published in the 1950s, it’s shot through with the preoccupations and prejudices of its time. This is no clash of noble adversaries like the Iliad, no story of our common humanity like the Epic of Gilgamesh. It’s a fake, a forgery, a dodgy copy. Strip away the archaic turns of phrase and you find a set of basic assumptions that are frankly unacceptable in 21st-century America.

2 Name: Couch Potato : 2006-11-19 09:43 ID:Heaven

Maybe it's just good old-fashioned Guardian-reading imperial guilt.

3 Name: Couch Potato : 2006-11-20 10:18 ID:Heaven

4 Name: Couch Potato : 2006-11-20 11:48 ID:vyz75OOT

This Film is very bad that I ever seen.

5 Name: Couch Potato : 2020-10-11 16:15 ID:5qIKYQid


6 Name: Couch Potato : 2020-10-13 15:16 ID:2ktvEKI/

Why are you bumping a thread from 14 years ago?

7 Name: Couch Potato : 2020-10-22 17:06 ID:Heaven


8 Name: Couch Potato : 2021-03-20 20:09 ID:5qIKYQid

I smell man flesh

9 Name: Couch Potato : 2021-03-29 22:37 ID:jC88hB9J

Tolkien was based and redpilled, epicly.

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