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December 29th, 2003
Tolkien, a racist?

I went to see The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and it was rather amazing. One thing bugged me about the whole thing though, was Tolkien a racist? I surpressed this thought for a while but the images of the ‘bad’ men with dark skin, wearing turbans and riding on elephants just wouldn’t go away. I was at one point ashamed of thinking it. Maybe all the racial tension in my town lately has made me extra sensitive to these issues?
Then I read Anil’s post, did a bit of research and found that I’m not the only one who has thought like this. Now I don’t feel so terrible. There are also some opposing views which are worth a read.
I’ve never actually read the books so my real question is, why did the Orcs have cockney accents? A touch of snobbery from Tolkien or a parody of Eastenders from Peter Jackson?

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