Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Tolkien's Orcs and their allies.
The Orcs in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films looked rather like dark mixed race Afro-Semites-Mongoloid creatures. The people who were allied with Orcs seemed to be a mix of Semites, Black Africans, and Mongoloids.Tolkien describes Orcs as “squat, broad, flat-nosed, sallow-skinned, with wide mouths and slant eyes ... degraded and repulsive versions of the least lovely Mongol-types”.
In the “The Return of the King” at the Battle of the Morannon; Aragorn then leads the “Army of the West” to fight the Rhûn (which is also the Elvish word for “east,” maybe Mongols and Turks?) and Harad (South-folk looking rather like a mixed group of Blacks, Carthaginians, Moors, and Arabs). Warg-Riders are very like the archetypal Asiatic savages that came from the Eastern steppes such as the Turks, Mongols, and Tatars. The Corsairs of Umbar(a mixed race of pirates not unlike the Moorish and Turkish Corsairs who attacked Europe for 1000 years) were killed by Aragorn and Army of the Dead before making it to the battle. The Mûmakil (War Elephants) of Harad (South-folk) seems an obvious allusion to the Carthaginian's invasion of Italy. And the Harad seem to have a mix of characteristic taken from Blacks, Carthaginians, Moors, and Arabs. In Peter Jackson's film the Corsairs of Umbar are depicted as using ships reminiscent of Chinese Junks and Arab Dhows. On surface this would seem a retelling the wars with the aliens that have been attacking Europe for the past 2000 years... Also Tolkien was a supporter of Francisco Franco and Arthur K. Chesterton's British National Front Party.
A video of Orcs (Warning foul Orc music):