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Are Terry Pratchett's dwarves an explicit allegory for Muslims?

Short answer: No. In the early books they were more parodies of the Welsh. With names like Blodwen Footcracker and Berwyn. The English often caricature the Welsh as short, coal mining, singing ...
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Are Terry Pratchett's dwarves an explicit allegory for Muslims?

No, they aren't. They are an allegory for any immigrant group that's characterized by strong religious beliefs and customs. The things that make them resemble Muslims are (off the top of my head): ...
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Identify allegorical short story of underground race emerging after WW2 as refugees

I'm looking for a short story, obviously an allegory for the postwar refugee problem, The story is "DP!" by Jack Vance, first published in Avon Science Fiction and Fantasy Reader, April 1953, ...
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Did the date of Frodo's rescue out of the fire of Mordor have any particular meaning in The Lord of the Rings?

As it has been observed, Tolkien does not directly say anything that would connect it within Middle Earth. However, there are several clues that, if I may be permitted, I would connect to present a ...
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In 1984, is the political ideology Death Worship (Obliteration of Self) related to eastern religions/philosophies?

I can't find anything Orwell said about this. Sorry! But here's some more data: What we know in-universe to 1984: O'Brien doesn't say whether Emmanuel Goldstein actually exists or not! Goldstein, ...
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Was A Wrinkle in Time meant as an anti-communist allegory?

Yes, but not a simple allegory: rather as an example of a fear-based regime, not because she regarded communism as necessarily bad. Material excerpted from the book discussed here makes this clear: ...
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Sci-fi trilogy with a female fighter pilot who falls in love with enemy commander with psi powers

This is Firebird by Kathy Tyers. If you read it as a trilogy, the odds are that you read the second edition, which seems to have a slightly different summary in Wikipedia than the first edition: ...
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Was the story of LOTR inspired by WWII?

In the foreword to The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien says this: As for any inner meaning or ‘message’, it has in the intention of the author none. It is neither allegorical nor topical. As the story ...
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Did the date of Frodo's rescue out of the fire of Mordor have any particular meaning in The Lord of the Rings?

Apparently yes In his translation guide for The Lord of the Rings1, Tolkien wrote: Dec. 25 (setting out) and March 25 (accomplishment of the quest) were intentionally chosen by me. The Lord of the ...
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In 1984, is the political ideology Death Worship (Obliteration of Self) related to eastern religions/philosophies?

Any authorial pronouncement from Orwell about what was "actually" going on in Nineteen Eighty-Four or explaining elements that are only alluded to in the text would be antithetical to one of the most ...
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In 1984, is the political ideology Death Worship (Obliteration of Self) related to eastern religions/philosophies?

I think it's a reference to both Buddhism and modern materialism, in that both regard the self as an illusionary construct created by the mind/brain, and therefore the 'obliteration of the self could ...

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