racism and imperialism and other evils....

From: Tarjei Straume
Date: Sun Jan 4, 2004 12:57 pm
Subject: racism and imperialism and other evils....

This guy seems to write about Tolkien in the same vein PLANS writes about Steiner:


The Return of the King: Tolkien and the new medievalism
K.A. Dilday 18 - 12 - 2003

Some choice excerpts:

"The obsession with power, will and hierarchy in Peter Jackson's film trilogy adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic The Lord of the Rings fuels its dangerous topicality: a vindication and veneration of empire."

"We are living in times when the public rhetoric is medieval. Politicians and pundits invoke the words good and evil casually, as if the age of reason never happened. They speak proudly of killing, bullet-ridden corpses are triumphantly paraded. And like in Lord of the Rings, we define evil by demographics. The bloodline, the colour of skin, the ethnic background or nationality makes someone immediately suspect."

"Can one judge a film with the morals of politics? Is Lord of the Rings seen differently in the United States than it is in Europe where the majority of people were against the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq? A fable is "a narration intended to enforce a useful truth." When I look at the Lord of the Rings as the fable its author, J.R.R. Tolkien, intended it to be, I see a world clearly divided into races and regions of leader and followers, I see Calvinist pre-determinism and I see the vindication and veneration of empire unfolding in frame after frame."

"I can't lay the sole blame for the Lord of the Rings' atavistic classicism, racism and xenophobia with either auteur or author."

"The evil creatures have darker skin and flat broad features, some wear turbans, others ride atop elephants in flat gazebos reminiscent of those that carried Indian maharajas."



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