Speaking to Wired, fantasy author Andy Duncan argues that Tolkien’s epic fantasy series, Lord of the Rings, is racist against orcs.
Duncan, the author of “Senator Bilbo”, a thinly-veiled parody of American politics set in The Shire with references to “border walls” and a “Shire First policy”, criticised Tolkien for depicting orcs and other creatures as intrinsically evil:
It’s hard to miss the repeated notion in Tolkien that some races are just worse than others, or that some peoples are just worse than others… And this seems to me—in the long term, if you embrace this too much—it has dire consequences for yourself and for society.
I thought the left couldn’t get any more ridiculous, but here we are.
Duncan, and others like him, fail to grasp that Lord of the Rings is a work of fiction set in a FANTASY world. Orcs are not some oppressed minority class; humans and elves don’t hate them because they are different, but because they are literally evil personified. Tolkien’s books are not some slapdash attempt to map all the different societal groups onto a fictional version – they are not “Bright”, the clumsy Netflix original film which very much plays up metaphors of racism and classism throughout.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy speaks to something much deeper in the human psyche. Stories of an ordinary individual being called to an extraordinary adventure are as old as recorded history – Joseph Campbell identified this archetype in the 1960s as “The Hero’s Journey”, which the journey of Frodo and Sam fits into perfectly. Tolkien also speaks to the Christian values of brotherly love, fellowship, and sacrifice, among many others throughout his works.
To the left, however, there is no such thing as a grand story with clearly defined good and evil; “good” and “evil” do not exist in the world of the postmodernist, only subjective judgements with no clear right or wrong. Everything must be viewed through the lens of oppression, because that’s simply how they see the world; why should fiction escape their overbearing analysis?
Of course, the funniest part of this article is that once again, memes have become reality:
#Orcposting, as it is known, ran with the idea that the left are so determined to virtue signal at all costs, they would even treat creatures controlled by a dark lord as “misunderstood”. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at the fact they were proved right.