Tolkien and race

I told myself to calm down a bit today and to not get so political, so I think I’ll just direct you to this quite interesting, if slightly oddly presented, video on religion and possible racism in Lord of the Rings. It briefly discusses Tolkien’s take on race, and how the different peoples of Middle Earth could be seen as stereotypical representations of human cultures. As troubling as I find it to see one of my favourite authors cast as a racist, I must say I find it a perfectly valid point, and worth considering when it comes to Tolkien. So much for not getting so political today.

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