Essay on Tolkien: A Racist, Sexist, or Not?

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There is no doubt that John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was an exceptional writer. Today, he is considered the father of modern fantasy literature. However, he did not start off as this extraordinary writer; rather, Tolkien worked his way up until he attained this status. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3rd of 1892 in a South African province. At an early age, his mother, Mabel, took him and his younger brother, Hilary, on a family visit to England; however, before his father, Arthur, could join them in England, Arthur had died from rheumatic fever. Without an income, Mabel took her children to live with her in Kings Heath with her parents. Mabel sparked John Ronald Reuel Tolkien’s interests in botany, drawing, and fantasy …show more content…
Ibata states that “A recently released ‘Towers’ companion book, “The Lord of the Rings: Creatures,” calls the Haradrim “exotic outlanders” whose costumes were “inspired by the twelfth-century Saracen warriors of the middle East.” The Saracens were Islamic soldiers who battled Christian invaders during the Crusades” (Ibata 2). Ibata later goes on to say that “the Haradrim are more recognizable [than other characters]. They are garbed in turbans and flowing crimson robes. They ride giant elephants. They resemble nothing more than North African or Middle Eastern Tribesmen” (Ibata 2). However, this assertion does not provide enough justification to support the idea that Tolkien is a racist, or a sexist. In fact, it does not even reflect on Tolkien as this analysis is based off of the movie’s interpretation of the Haradrim. Although, Tolkien formulated a description of the Haradrim, it is inconsistent with the movie’s depiction of the Haradrim. This also leads to a notion that people base their perceptions of Tolkien’s literature from film interpretations causing controversy regarding race to be associated with Tolkien (Ibata 1). However, this assertion had been overlooked for decades which suggest that people believe this only after viewing the film interpretations. Furthermore, the Haradrim are not the only characters that are questionable. Critics, such as Ibata, claim that the Easterlings are looked

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