The War on Art

Everything that is good, true, noble, and beautiful must be destroyed. The recent denunciation of the legend J.R.R. Tolkien and his masterwork The Lord of the Rings is just the latest incarnation of this madness.

Sci-fi author Andy Duncan is the most recent destroyer to whine about Tolkien’s supposed racism. Get a load of this:

The Lord of the Rings series has been branded ‘racist’ by a science fiction writer who claims orcs are discriminated against and written as inferior.

American author Andy Duncan said British author JRR Tolkien depicted evil creatures such as orcs as ‘worse than others’ and said this had ‘dire consequences for society’.

Wait, you mean some types of people or creature are worse than others? So I have to share my immediate living space with (thinks of an equivalent to orcs) ISIS and sharks and alligators and grizzly bears in my neighborhood, or anyone or anything else that decides they want to invade where I live, or else society is doomed? The horror!

Remember: SJWs are in the thrall of the cult of absolute equality. There are no value judgments, except that Western culture, and especially white Christian males like Tolkien, are the worst.

The criticism comes despite Tolkien being known as a fierce critic of racism, particularly the Nazi Germany regime in the 1930s and 40s.

Because truth doesn’t matter to the SJW. They speak their lies until they become the new truth, objective reality be damned.

But Duncan told podcast Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy, run by Wired Magazine: ‘It’s hard to miss the repeated notion in Tolkien that some races are just worse than others, or that some peoples are just worse than others.

‘And this seems to me – in the long term, if you embrace this too much – it has dire consequences for yourself and for society.’

It’s actually harder to miss that Duncan is a complete moron and utter tool. Tolkien was writing about a war in which Sauron–basically an allegorical stand-in for Satan–corrupted certain nations and brought them under his command, full of resentment at the rest of Middle Earth, and commanded them to attack.

Even people like Boromir, Sméagol, Denethor, Grima Wormtongue, Saruman, and to an extent at the very end Frodo, were likewise corrupted. And they’re all white.

But again, truth doesn’t matter to Mr. Duncan here.

In the novels, orcs are ugly, cannibalistic creatures who have a thirst for murder and are used as soldiers by their evil ‘dark lord’ Sauron.

Orcs are fictional monsters. Only a liar with an agenda (more on this later) sees them as a stand-in for non-white people. What about, say, the Dementors in leftists’ favorite bit of fiction, Harry Potter? Or those under the thrall of Voldemort? Or how about the Empire’s stormtroopers in Star Wars?

Wait, those villains are white. So naturally, the Andy Duncan’s of the world believe they had their destruction coming to them. I guess the Death Eaters don’t deserve to just march right into Hogwarts, or the Empire into Alderaan, the way Orcs deserve the right to march straight into the Shire and DEMAND to be given places to live.

Duncan has previously written a parody set in Tolkien’s Middle-earth universe called Senator Bilbo about a right-wing Hobbit politician opposing the immigration of orcs into The Shire.

Sounds hilarious. I’m sure that all three people who read it let out a slight chuckle.

Also: Does anyone else remember the “Orcposting” meme from a while back?

Remember: all effective rhetoric is based on truth.

Speaking about this story to the podcast, he added: ‘I can easily imagine that a lot of these people that were doing the dark lord’s bidding were doing so out of simple self preservation and so forth.

‘A lot of these creatures that were raised out of the earth had not a great deal of choice in the matter of what to do. I have this very complicated sense of the politics of all that.’

Duncan has this “complicated sense of the politics” because he is a twisted, Godless liar, lying about The Lord of the Rings, reading politics that aren’t there in order to score contemporary political points . . . while trashing a beloved, beautiful work of art in the process. A two-fer for Team Satan!

Physiognomy is real.

Any wonder why these slugs identify with the Orcs?

Here comes the good part:

Duncan also compared the depiction of the orcs to modern day refugees and appeared to criticise President Donald Trump over the situation at the Mexican border.

He added: ‘It is easier to demonise one’s opponents than to try to understand them and to understand the complex forces that are leading to, for example, refugees trying to cross the southern border [of the US] legally or illegally.

‘It’s easier to build walls and demonise them as “scum”.’

Of course Duncan tortuously attempt to tie Tolkien’s non-existent racism to Donald Trump’s non-existent racism. These people are as boring and predictable as they are stupid and morally and creatively bankrupt.

(Note: no one in the government called the migrants “scum.”)

Is there anything more diabolical than deliberately twisting and distorting a beloved classic, ruining it for future generations? It seems like a minor thing, but evil usually disguises itself in bland attire. Duncan’s blessings are just another front in the never-ending war on art, which itself is a war on beauty and truth.

The evil one and his puppets cannot create, only offer imitations. This is why they so angrily destroy what they cannot make themselves.

The next question is: why this and why now? Duncan himself tipped us off to the obvious answer–because the progressive destroyers see this migrant caravan issue as a huge deal and they need public support to go their way. Maybe they fear too many citizens are on-board with using the US military to actually protect our borders instead of bombing people in far-off deserts. Maybe they notice that the tide is turning against open borders, “Abolish ICE!” insanity, and the deliberate and rapid destruction of American cultural identity.

And so, Duncan and his handlers put out the marching orders that this must be fought on all possible fronts, especially cultural ones. Even seemingly innocuous things are battlegrounds.

People like Duncan need to be called out and ostracized. Don’t buy his books. Encourage your friends and family not to buy his books. Support people worthy of your time and money, and do not give money to people who hate you.

Because if someone hates Tolkien to this degree, and you love Tolkien, believe me: the hater hates you too.

Tolkien was a decent, brilliant, and divinely gifted man, a devout Christian who imbued his work with the shining light of God’s truth, subtly enough that his works are still beloved by tens of millions of different people.

And little pissants like Andy Duncan want to destroy that in service to their masters.

Well, maybe it’s not fair to call Mr. Duncan a “little pissant.” Take a look at his picture again.

Update: In a blogpost, reader Ing points out something that our world-be champion of downtrodden orcs completely missed (emphasis in original):

Let’s look in on a scene in The Two Towers, in which Sam and Frodo watch Faramir’s men destroy a company of Southrons marching to join Mordor:

“Then suddenly straight over the rim of their sheltering bank, a man fell, crashing through the slender trees, nearly on top of them. He came to rest in the fern a few feet away, face downward, green arrow-feathers sticking from his neck below a golden collar. His scarlet robes were tattered, his corselet of overlapping bronze plates was rent and hewn, his black plaits of hair braided with gold were drenched with blood. His brown hand still clutched the hilt of a broken sword.

It was Sam’s first view of a battle of Men against Men, and he did not like it much. He was glad that he could not see the dead face. He wondered what the man’s name was and where he came from; and if he was really evil of heart, or what lies or threats had led him on the long march from his home; and if he would not really rather have stayed there in peace.”

JRR TOLKIEN, THE TWO TOWERS, P. 269

What’s that? Compassion? A sense of shared humanity? But…muh racism…

I find it hard to believe Duncan has even read Tolkien, let alone seen the movies. If he has, he seems to be banking on an appallingly stupid and ignorant audience. A safe bet, since he seems to be grandstanding for social justice points.

Exactly. These people are either liars, stupid, or stupid liars. Either way, an underlying commonality between the Andy Duncan’s of the world is that they think you are stupid.

The joke’s on them.

Update: Brian Niemeier weighs in, and also provides this gem:

Authors used to write about truth and looked like this:

Now authors spew lies and look like this:

It’s almost as if there’s some kind of causal relationship at work.

Top kek.

49 comments

  1. I’m glad you’re writing about this. People like Duncan are not serious people, but they can do damage, and they deserve to be brutally mocked.

    I almost feel sorry for these people, because as you say, they’re twisted. St. Augustine asserted evil to be a corruption of good, and it’s evident here. They take a virtue like compassion and just contort it and make an idol of this thing called “inclusivity.”

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    • Thanks man. People like this who can only destroy out of spite incense me. They bring out my inner avenging angel. If I had a flaming sword . . .

      . . . it’d be a pretty useless weapon.

      Anyway, twisted is the perfect word. Everything good and true and beautiful and Godly has to be inverted, perverted, and corrupted. Because evil CANNOT CREATE. Their souls are so warped they can only offer corrupted imitations of the real thing. They provide the synthetic fast food equivalent of art and beauty and truth.

      As always, St. Augustine was on to something.

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      • Yes, great insight there. They should be mocked. Honestly speaking, ignoring them has been a mistake. When the first tentacle of the degenerates arrived in our time we should have crushed it. We failed and lost a diverse roster of music, books, games, speech.

        Tipper Gore and the anti-d&d brigade was my first tip American liberals could not be trusted. The attempt to ban dangerous music cemented it for me. They’re still going at it, all under the name of compassion.

        Compassion is the brand of boot crushing our necks.

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      • They should be mocked not engaged. The conservative dorks like the Mad Cuckery Club will write articles explaining why Tolkien is like totally not Hitler. Fuck them and fuck this guy.

        This is not worthy of debate. Fat pedo-faced losers like this aren’t worth debunking or discussing.

        We need to be fucking honest… Yep.. Middle Earth is the ideal medievalist Europe. Yep orcs are outsiders brought by the evil of industrialization and globalism to destroy and replace.

        Fuck orcs but most of all fuck Saruman and his supporters. He was supposed to protect Middle Earth.

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  2. This guy might be one of the stupidest people I’ve read about in a long time…and that’s saying something. Your niece (second-oldest) has just finished the Hobbit and is now on the Fellowship of the Ring…I’d better tell her later that what she’s reading is racist and equivalent to Mein Kampf instead of letting her enjoy one of the greatest works of fiction that has fuck all to do with racism. ON second thought….naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahh.

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    • The thing is, he is not stupid. He is cunning and evil. People like him hate LotR in the same way Gollum hates the light. A young man or woman, even a middle aged guy like me, feels nothing but awe and goodness when reading lotr. There is good in this world, tradition and culture is worth fighting for.

      It drives the evil ones crazy that LotR, a Christian themed story that idolizes the core of conservatism from the Hobbits to the Elves, is the most popular adult Fantasy, or maybe book, of the 20th century, instead of their pedo-sexual post modern deconstructed garbage.

      Expect ever increasing attacks on LotR.

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      • I absolutely expect them. And I’ll stand against them.

        A Song of Ice and Fire will be remembered as cultural graffiti, a temper tantrum raging against the eternal and true. And when that series is long forgotten, Lord of the Rings will still be read and loved and talked about.

        These people are sick. And they know what they’re doing. Invert and subvert and lie until you create a new reality.

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  3. I’ve heard fat ‘ol purty-in-pink may be in line to be the next SFWA prez. If true, that would be another reason for this most vile exercise in virtue-signaling.

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  4. It’s an old idea, the Orcs as depictions of Jews or immigrants or whatever, and People have been positing it for quite some time. These critics think that the classic works they review were written with the same kind of overthinking, pretentious mindset they themselves have, is the problem. I was thinking of this watching a show called “civilizations” the other day, and this art critic was gushing on and on about all these subtle meanings found in this admittedly great painting, but it was like, his speculations, presented as fact. Or someone else’s that he’s regurgitating. So everything is subject to a wide variety of interpretation. The one thing I hate is that people think that if you write ABOUT something, you’re advocating it. So they ascribe all these “agendas” to you, just like this whole “Tolkien was racist” thing. They’re assuming they can read his dead mind.

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      • I mean yeah, it’s all well and good to find deeper or more personal meaning in things, I think that’s great, but that doesn’t mean the artist/writer/musician etc had all that in his head. Or they view it as the domain of hoity toity intellectuals, forgetting that these classics were written for everyone to enjoy. They stuff it up with all this academia and make it intimidating for people, like it’s this “smart club” they aren’t a part of. They come up with all this high-minded jibber jabber about the material and I bet Mark Twain would probably find it all very amusing, all these stuffy little guys with NPR voices talking about his work.

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      • “it’s all well and good to find deeper or more personal meaning in things, I think that’s great, but that doesn’t mean the artist/writer/musician etc had all that in his head.”

        Bingo. It’s absolutely, in large part, an attempt on the critic’s part to appear smarter than the average Joe, whom they detest.

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      • When I was growing up I read all the underground metal magazines because the reviewers and interviewers were enthusiastic as fans about the material they were dealing with. It was like a friend you didn’t know personally but trusted telling you “Hey, you gotta check this band out, they’re sick!” Nowadays there’s a lot of craft brewing pc callout culture hippie dorks representing the media face of the same music. And all they do is post away on social media about how great their knowledge of music is, getting people riled up over out-of-context quotes and gossip. And no one is having any of it. We don’t care about that shit, lol. We go to shows and bang our heads and have fun and people who try to inject some PC enforcement bullshit into it all are chastised mercilessly. That’s our ESCAPE from all that, you a-holes. Lol. They’re pretentious jackasses who don’t genuinely care about the music. But they’re so much smarter than the people they make fun of and leech off of. Comics became like that at some point. I mean comics are GONE, as far as the Marvels and DCs of the world. Invaded by people with superiority complexes. I think you’ll be able to see this in your browser as it’s public, but I made this pic speculating what one of my fave old school magazines would look like in 2018 https://www.facebook.com/Oklahomacitymetalscene/photos/a.549542128449553/2100893749981042/?type=3

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      • Haha! That cover is great. For some reason, the quote about Deafhaven cracked me up the most, because that’s one of the metal bands the Pitchfork set really seems to love.

        I agree with your original point too. Old music mags, comic mags, video game mags, guitar mags, they all used to be like that. Those days are gone, at least on the mainstream side. Viva la internet.

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      • Oh yeah, pitchfork, lol. I’m not knocking deafheaven, isn’t really my thing but they do whatever it is they do well I guess. But because they dress like sonic youth and have pink album covers that somehow makes them media darlings, they perceive some kind of illusion of intelligence in it because of the superficial aspects. Pretentiously lord it over people who have never heard of it. Lol

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      • Pitchfork likes rock bands that aren’t very rock and roll, punk bands that aren’t very punk, and metal bands that aren’t very metal. Only ones that “subvert the tropes” seem to garner praise. It’s a very boring website.

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      • Alex,

        But it never was an allegory of WW II and that’s what so exasperating. The wilful, spiteful pride is just so aggravating.
        Geez it was just by chance that it was published in the mid 30s. Tolkien was absolutely adamant and quite rightly so. He’d been working on it since the beginning of the century and it was an epic of good and evil; the beautiful and the ugly and how the good, beautiful, true and traditional are well worth fighting for.

        xavier

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  5. I left a great big comment quoting Tolkien and everything, but now I don’t see it… I hope WordPress didn’t eat it. 😦

    If it did, then I’ll just say that you all are spot on. Also, it’s good to see you around the blogosphere again, Oghma.

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  6. “Duncan has previously written a parody set in Tolkien’s Middle-earth universe called Senator Bilbo about a right-wing Hobbit politician opposing the immigration of orcs into The Shire.”

    There are so many ways to take this premise, but I just can’t keep thinking about how stupid it is. This is a college student pisstake, not something a serious adult would write. But then I remember the pudgy rainbow hairs currently infesting “fandom” and it all makes sense.

    This kind of crap is going to be considered the Eye of Argon of the genre in the future. And at least Jim Theis was just a kid when he wrote that. This is so much worse and more embarrassing.

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    • The only way to make the premise of Duncan’s HILARIOUS parody work is if it mocks open-borers idiots and ends with every hobbit in the Shire enslaved or killed by orcs.

      “But there actually WAS a senator with the last name Bilbo in the 30s!” is something I saw Duncan say. “And Bilbo was a racist!”

      Which he kind of was. But he was a Democrat, so not exactly a “right-winger.”

      Duncan is an idiot and a liar.

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  7. This trend to deconstruct classic authors beloved by millions of people is the modern equivalent of book burning; instead of censoring the books(which would cause massive backlash and riots) they instead attach stigmas to them so that people will stop reading these works from their own initiative. It’s a lot more subtle, manipulative and sadly also a lot more effective; Ray Bradbury’s worse nightmares have come true.

    However, I feel like the wheel is finally turning; more and more people are becoming aware of this infection in our culture called Social Justice Warriorism, and they are consciously combating it. This isn’t the first time Tolkien has been attacked (Michael Moorcock anyone?) and it won’t be the last, either. Same thing with Lovecraft. I’m not worried about these authors being wiped off history because they have become too embedded in pop-culture to get rid of them, but I absolutely agree that these kinds of attacks should not be ignored(ignoring them is what allowed them to flourish in the first place) and the response against them should be swift and painful; debating them is pointless because they don’t deal in dialect, they deal in rhetoric; as such, they need to be mocked mercilessly and relentlessly.

    I’m glad to see that there are people who share this view with me. I understand the anger the you feel whenever one of these parasites open their yap; I’m no longer angry about it because I see how deliberate it is. What I am angry about are the naive people who still engage these lunatics in “polite debates”, not realizing they are falling into a trap and allowing them to define the entire argument. Defeating them with logic is easy, as all of their accusations are inherently false; but they deal with emotions, and that’s a lot more powerful.

    Vox Day just released a great video on his Voxiversity YouTube channel talking specifically about dialects and rhetoric; highly recommend you watch it(the audio is a little funky but your get used to it quickly). Highly informative.

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    • Thanks for the comment Constantin!

      “Debate me, bro!” is the lamest thing ever. Debates are only useful when both sides are honest and want to get to the truth. Otherwise, it’s just verbal masturbation without climax or pleasure.

      You’re right that this isn’t the first or last attack on Tolkien. I think the wheel is turning because of the internet . . . and the fact that the younger generations aren’t standing for this SJW cancer. Mockery and boycotts are the way to go, not craven, cucky cowering while wondering “What will they say about us?” They’re gonna hate us anyway. Might as well hit back.

      I didn’t know that Voxiversity was up yet. Thanks for the heads up!

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    • Thanks for the comment! You’re right: This is sad and pathetic, but it doesn’t make Duncan’s foolishness any less infuriating. I’ve heard he’s next in line to be president of the SFWA, so he has to do their bidding to prove he’s one of them, I guess.

      And thanks for the link! I’ll let you know when I’ve read your take.

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      • Wow. I guess that makes sense as to why he was virtue-signalling so hard. Still, very sad… and if that is truly the way mainstream sci-fi publishing is going, it makes sense as to why the “Academia” supported sci-fi literature has just become vehicles for specific ideology. v.v;

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