Is the Hobbit racist?

Dwarves Sound Scottish and Elves Sound Like Royalty

The badies in US films are always English.

The white terrorists ginger men and Irish women.

Throughout The Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the reams of related histories Tolkien wrote about Middle Earth, he established whole societies, histories, and languages for a handful of races. Elves are ancient, beautiful, and have pointy ears; dwarves are short, tough, and love to use axes; orcs are filthy brutes who live for destruction.

Lofty English tone of elves, or the working-class Cockney of many orcs and trolls.A cartoon from my youth Pinky and the Brian. Well Pinky is a Cockney and Brian is English.

While slight variations on these themes exist, fantasy races seem to have as much of a stereotypical sound as any real-world dialect. And they tell us more about the characters than you probably realize.

The most commonly occurring pop fantasy races—elves, dwarves, trolls/orcs, even humans—have their roots in European mythology. From the dwarves and elves of Nordic poetry to Scandinavia’s trolls, the basic shape and cultural texture of many of these beings can be linked directly to ancient folklore.

There are similar cultural stereotypes surrounding the drinking habits of dwarves and Scots.


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