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The lazy, white supremacist trope in fantasy writing where nonhuman races represent nonwhite humans has a name now: Tolkien Minorities.

That is all.

@leila So Gandalf was basically a magical negro? 🤯

@lafnlab I mean, I think the trope is applied most vigorously in "monstrous" and especially dark-skinned fantasy races, while Gandalf was put forward as kind of an idealized white man, in sort of an equal and opposite way to how orcs were supposed to epitomize "savage" dark-skinned people threatening white Europe.

Elves were idealized whites, too, so clearly there's some complexity to deal with here.

@leila @lafnlab have you read "The Last Ring Bearer" ?

It retells the story of the ring from the peoples who lost the war, and as such, had no bearing on the propaganda that was fabricated.

@meena By a Russian guy, post Cold-War! Interesting!!

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