Sunday, September 6, 2015
I recently came upon this video (which is obviously satirical)- though exaggerated and humorous, some of the points made are interesting observations. Basically the video illustrates all the ways that Tolkien may have used real world racial and religious groups as the basis for his characters. We have often talked in class about the obvious religious connotations in The Silmarillion and I think some of the points in the video could also be of interest. Some of the comparisons are as follows-
Easterlings- Muslims or Hindu
Humans- Atheists or Agnostics
Some of these claims can certainly be believable- the part about humans and Gandalf in particular. In The Silmarillion humans even go so far as to doubt the existence of the Valar, while Gandalf is one of the Maiar come down to earth.