Message from discussion Was Tolkien anti-hindu?
From: AC <mightymartia...@yahoo.ca>
Subject: Re: Was Tolkien anti-hindu?
Date: 4 Feb 2004 05:12:53 GMT
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On Tue, 03 Feb 2004 17:44:23 -0600,
Caeruleo <caeru...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> In article <d8e25435.0402021543.aa09...@posting.google.com>,
> terminaloc...@hotmail.com (ville terminale) wrote:
>> In LOR movies, humans do battle with subhuman orks.
>> But, what about the attacking hindu elephant army? If there's such a
>> thing in the book, Tolkien surely got the idea from Alexander the
>> Great's clashes with the kingdoms in India which used elephants in
>> battle; Alexander was the aggressor, by the way.
>> The warriors manning the elephants don't look like orks but humans,
>> but darkskinned humans, or hindus.
>> Why did Tolkien decide to have hindus side with Saruman and his ork
> He didn't have any Hindus in the book at all. You appear to be going by
> the appearance of these people in the movie. That isn't precisely
> "Tolkien" you're seeing in that battle. ;-)
Since LotR would have occured thousands of years before the Indo-Europeans
moved into the Indian Subcontinent, I'd say its reasonable to say that,
within the imaginary timeline, Hindus did not exist yet.
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