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LORD OF THE RINGS RACIST POSTER STORM.

Byline: CAROLINE WHEELER

ARACIST organisation has hijacked the latest Lords of the Rings movie for an evil poster campaign.

The British National Partyhas twisted the meaning of JRR Tolkien's literary masterpiece to peddle its racist propaganda.

Its latest poster campaign also carries alleged quotes from an interview with British-born Lord of the Rings star Jonathan Rhys Davies.

'Tolkien didn't just write the Lord of the Rings for fun, you know,' reads theposter. He wrote it to inspire people, to make people understand that faced with badgovernmentand threats to ourway of life and our identity, ordinary people like us have to do something about it.

'Having played Gimli and Treebeard, actor Jonathan Rhys Davies probably has a better understanding of what Tolkien was trying to do with Lord of the Rings than almost anyone else in Britain.

'There are clear parallels between the threat posed to Tolkien's fictional West by armies of monstrous Orcs and the real-life challenge posed to our Western civilisation and identity byNew Labour's catastrophic asylum policy.'

The latest outburst by the BNP is bound to reignite the long-running debate about Tolkien's political motivation for writing his famous trilogy.

The Shropshire-based Tolkien Society has always condemned the extreme right-wing interpretation of the trilogy as shocking and ridiculous.

'Tolkien was not a Nazi or racist but he was a Nordicist in that his works hark back to England's original culture before the Norman invasion,' Society spokesman Dr Stephen Shapiro said.

'The Lord of the Rings represents a claim for a pan-Nordic identity or a paradigm for Great Britain and a lament for the disappearance of these races.'
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jan 11, 2004
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