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Hobbits, Elves, and Dwarves in Lord of the Rings: Depictions of Race in Popular Fantasy
Consider the hallmark characteristics of each of the races described in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and explore the epistemic basis for racial characterization in modern fantasy novels and film. To what degree of accuracy does Tolkien’s distinction between good and bad races (i.e. elves and orcs, men and haradrim, dwarves and goblins) describe racial conflicts in the western world? How does Tolkien’s attempt to moralize race? What are the implications of attaching an inherent evil to a race?