>>44671603 Name one setting besides The Hobbit where this actually applies.
I'm pretty sure, despite even what Tolkien himself said, they are not an intended allegory for the Jewish people. Besides their language kinda sounding like hebrew (alphabet is norse) and their calender, connections besides these two obscure details you'd have a hard time finding more vivid paralells besides perhaps general themes. Even in the interview where he said it Tolkien prefaced by saying "he never intended for it". The guy was notorious for hating allegory and venhemently denied that he wanted the reader to take away any kind of allegorical subtext when reading his books. The dude wasn't an antisemite and that interview is taking pretty wildly out of context
If you feel like being a real special snowflake, then Turkic dwarves with Tengri-based religion- focusing on the Earthmother instead of the Skyfather, of course- are pretty cool too. Make 'em matriarchal thereby and you have yourself a cool little race.
>>44672598 Short and squat, big noses, loves gold and wealth, greedy to a fault, stern beliefs, rules for facial hair, hairy women, always have their own gods because they can't even share beliefs. Dwarves probably promote orc/elf/human crossbreeding, but do you see any rules for half-dwarf? I thought not.
>>44671159 Going by Tolkien, they're the good Germans and the industrialist Scottish and/or Irish and/or British peoples. By contrast, Hobbits are the farming Scottish, Irish, and British peoples.
They're incorruptible, but their greed still leads to their own misfortunes in the future. They're standoffish, but once you have their respect you'll be like family. They've got a strong social hierarchy, but don't look down on the lower classes while still having a silent dignity.
Tolkien actually outright stated that the Elves are the Jews, as the chosen people of god. He said he may have accidentally used the Jewish stereotypes for Dwarves, but Dwarves were not supposed to be Jewish at all.
>>44675331 Tolkien actually thought Jews were really awesome. All devout Christians are supposed to.
Did you know the biggest supporters of Israel in the US are southern Baptists? American Jews support Israel's right to exist, but as a group disagree strongly with zionist politics and don't support West Bank settlement.
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