Magnificent Middle-earth
Verl
Here we dedicate our love (or, alternatively, our ill-founded scorn) for the fictional (or real???) world of Middle-earth, by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien.

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Oldblood
I think the films are certainly better than the books, though I like them both. Ted Nasmith's work really brings them to life.
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LOTR is very popular among the wignat sphere I suppose due to Tolkien's traditionalism and Nordic/Anglo Saxon influence. Naturally a continental race war between whites and the swarthy hordes is attractive and much of its ideas appeal to the eco-fascist's sensibilities. This includes a NIMBY hostility to technological progress and desire to remain in a contained space, a wholesome backwater where they can just be left alone. It reminds me of maps I used to see where they would mark out meek zones in the USA where whites could form an ethnostate and allow the rest of the country to be overrun.
Datacop
Tradoids who use Tolkien aesthetics to justify National Redoubt White Ethnostatism are retards who only watched the movies and never read the Scouring of the Shire. You can NEVER go back
Verl
(03-14-2023, 11:17 PM)Datacop Wrote: Tradoids who use Tolkien aesthetics to justify National Redoubt White Ethnostatism are retards who only watched the movies and never read the Scouring of the Shire. You can NEVER go back

The Scouring of the Shire can only be compared to political movements that are totalitarian and weren't brought about by democracy. It can be compared to Bolshevism but not Hitler, for example. I don't see your point?
Gloom
I have an odd relationship with middle earth. I quite like many things downstream of it. The influence on bands like Burzum and Summoning is very obvious, for instance. It's also near singlehandedly responsible for the shape of fantasy roleplaying (Dungeons and Dragons was nearly killed in its infancy by a lawsuit from Tolkien's estate). But LotR itself, both in print and film, is the most dreadfully boring series that I have ever attempted to engage with. Seeing one of the extended cuts was the only time I've ever walked out of a movie theater in the middle of the show because I was going stir crazy only an hour in. As a result I see Tolkien's work as a raw material; I may be unable to process it but it contains an essence others can extract and refine.
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