Monday, February 21, 2011
Prejudice, classism, etc.
So I've been wanting to bring this up for a while. I noticed this much more in CS Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia, but I see it here too. I'm not sure that Tolkien ever mentions the color of skin of the men allied with Sauron, but I'm pretty sure they are from the south of Middle Earth. CS Lewis creates a similar enemy in a culture that appears to me a parallel to the Middle East. If I remember right Lewis explicitly mentions that they have darker skin. I sense the same type of undertones in The Lord of the Rings but I might be wrong.
What I noticed more was that individuals in The Lord of the Rings are greatly characterized by race. Where characters come from tells a lot about them. I get the feeling that people of certain races and countries (though not the central ones of the plot, Orcs don't count because they are a mutilated race created for evil) are more likely to be evil than others. Do these undertones exist or am I crazy? Is there anything wrong with it if they do?