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I was enjoying it until the Tolkien-is-a-racist BS showed up. Sorry, tLotR is NOT racist, and neither was The Professor.

 

Modern critics prove their vast ignorance and just plain idiocy directing a modern lens and post-Freudian/modern imperialist revisionism at what is clearly and in the author's own words, an attempt at creating a mythology for Britain.

 

Tolkien was born around (and as a child, rather adored by) people of color, and was quite fond of Jews, once replying to the question of whether Tolkien was a Jewish name by saying he was "honored" somebody would think of him as belonging to the Jewish people. He was on the whole, a rather gentle man.

 

Sorry to derail, but that violently jarred me out of what was until then a quite enjoyable little piece.

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Agree with that Bruunwald. It likes the people freaking out that there's no people of colour in Frozen. Um.. dark skinned folks weren't exactly common in Nordic countries in the 19th century (they still aren't). Tolkien wrote from that prespective, where dark skinned folks were rare because of geography. The ones in the movie only came north or west because Sauron commanded it.

 

I also dislike the last item. I'm married to my DM. We've never had any problems. Everyone knows that he only accepts bribes that anyone can give him *hint hint :;): * He gets a lot of chocolate and toys that way.

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I'm with Red, my parents worked together for years and had no issues.  Our entire gaming group is currently 3 married couples, and it works fine.  Honestly, if you're going to spend half of your weekend on a game, isn't it better if your spouse isn't deliberately excluded??

 

In the spirit of the article, however, I will put forward that DMing is good practice for running meetings.  Keeping a group of people engaged and on task is not a skill that everyone has, and even people with a natural talent for it need experience to master it. 

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Does it work in reverse?  Because I'd like to give the Barbarian a Development Action Plan memo outlining where he could mitigate some perfomance issues and synergize with the rest of the team to actualize their potentials.  His behaviour is disruptive to workplace efficiency and harmony, and management cannot authorize his promotion at this time.  But he's a valued member of our organization, so we would like to find a way to work with him to support his continued growth in excellence.

 

 

Barbarian:  "What funny words mean?"

 

Cleric:  "It means stop breaking all the magic items, you oaf." 

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Wow you guys took that one sentence a lot more differently than i. I had to re-read to see what you are talking about. I did not take it to mean Tolkien was racist, but that the various races kept to themselves in Middle Earth for the most part. And the only way they became exceptional or epic is when they worked together.

 

All in all i thought it was a bit of a puff piece and stretched to reach some concluions. And as far as the marriage piece i have seen both sides. A married couple i know are a bear to play with: the wife uses threats of withholding certain...um...things...from her husband if he doesn't help her win. And my wife is great to play board games with...i do not hink i could convince her to play D&D though. Lol :-)

 

@Buglips: how did you get your sneaky fingers on my development plan! I was told that was just between me and the boss ;-)

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Wow you guys took that one sentence a lot more differently than i. I had to re-read to see what you are talking about. I did not take it to mean Tolkien was racist, but that the various races kept to themselves in Middle Earth for the most part. And the only way they became exceptional or epic is when they worked together.

 

The linked article (from some "Times" paper) very seriously discusses the implied racism of the only other ethnicities represented in the books & movies being linked to Evil. Apparently it's a Thing to call Tolkien's works racist or anti-feminist. Nin-com-poops. -_-

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Didn't go to the link. I would like to say i do not understand how they could seriously make the case that his works are racist...but there are all kinds of people with extremely misguided beliefs...sad really.

 

Now i m going to have to read the material linked in the article. Thanks for pointing out what i was missing redambosia.

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Yeah, I only read part of it. It would be extremely inappropriate for me to start swearing at the interwebs while at work :lol:

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Wow you guys took that one sentence a lot more differently than i. I had to re-read to see what you are talking about. I did not take it to mean Tolkien was racist, but that the various races kept to themselves in Middle Earth for the most part. And the only way they became exceptional or epic is when they worked together.

 

The linked article (from some "Times" paper) very seriously discusses the implied racism of the only other ethnicities represented in the books & movies being linked to Evil. Apparently it's a Thing to call Tolkien's works racist or anti-feminist. Nin-com-poops. -_-

 

 

In a society with a long history of lopsided power relationships between races and genders, everything can look racist or anti-feminist.  However, this tendency is just a small part of a wider trend to see a symptom and point to it as the problem.  Tolkien's writings are a product of his time but I think they are actually a shining example of older writing without racism and containing a potent feminist message.  Eowyn as written by Tolkien is a fabulous example of a real "strong female character," not of the type that Peter Jackson and company thought should be shoe horned into the story.  In the book, Eowyn disguises herself to go to war, not because she is some incredible warrior or because she wants to follow a man or some other nonsense, but because she wants the chance to fight and die with her people.  I don't understand how that one snuck past people......  Plus there is the obvious message of racial cooperation and harmony.......

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I hear you. I just read the Chicago Tribune article (cannot go to work as my country road is still unplowed). I have to agree with Bruunwald's comment about revisionist history. The author talks about how white supremist read racism into Tolkien's work and then poceeds to write a long article that reads racism into Tolkien's works. WTF!?

 

I do not know (or care) what Tolkien's personal beliefs were. But it seems there are a large number of people that look at EVERYTHING through the lens of race including the Tribune writer. It drives me nuts. Then he went one step further and implicitly accused my childhood idol John Wayne of putting out racist movies...idiots.

 

-mike

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