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It's mentioned in his authorised biography that Tolkien had a personal liking of mushrooms, stretching as far back as his idyllic childhood days in Hall Green, Birmingham, the very same memories that supposedly inspired his writings about the Shire. According to his younger brother Hilary Tolkien, his recollection is that a particularly loathsome farmer (...


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They (like we) are cousins to the Elves. First, from Tolkien's Letters I suppose that actually the chief difficulties I have involved myself in are scientific and biological - which worry me just as much as the theological and metaphysical (though you do not seem to mind them so much). Elves and Men are evidently in biological terms one race, or they ...


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Yes and no. No, because the filmmakers in a way came up with the language he spoke in, but yes because the base of it is Tolkien's language, Quenya. But, as Tolkien director Dome Karukoski told The A.V. Club, that scene takes place when Tolkien was still in university, when he was just beginning to create the mythology of Middle-earth. Tolkien wrote the ...


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It was an artifact of the way The Lord of the Rings began as a sequel to The Hobbit. And what more can Hobbits do? They can be comic, but their comedy is suburban unless it is set against things more elemental. JRRT, Letter 19, 16 December 1937 If you look at The Return of the Shadow, part 1 of Christopher Tolkien's history of how the LoTR was written, ...


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Not quite Quenya. “He’s thinking about fairies, so what he shouts is more a language of fairies,” [Tolkien director Dome Karukoski] told The A.V. Club about the scene. To make the language accurate to the time, the director worked with a linguist to come up with a sort of proto-Elvish language. “Tolkien was using the Finnish language, to the point where ...


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My take on the racism issue: (not specifically the east-west problem) In universe, the Numenoreans/Dunedain are deeply racist. Even Faramir (who is presented as wise and kind) categorizes people as: Us, Men of Twilight, Men of Darkness. Gondor even had a civil war because one king married a non-dunedan woman. The fact is that Tolkien created a word where ...


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I would say, yes, he was. Most of the other answers either dispute that Tolkien was prejudiced against the East, or focus on textual analysis and don't talk about his own quotes. The answers focusing on the text of The Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion have already discussed how the West is associated with Valinor whereas the East is associated with ...


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I don't know about why. That question could probably be asked about anything in the story, and the answer would most of the time be "just because". But you are right, it definitely was part of the world lore and was put there consciously. A quote from The Fellowship of the Ring: Hobbits have a passion for mushrooms, surpassing even the greediest likings ...


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