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Lord of the Rings and the Byzantine Empire
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Read an interesting analysis online, from someone named Pavlos Mayson, about how "Lord of the Rings" can serve as a metaphor for the Antinquity-era Byzantine Empire.  In this analysis, Gondor is the Byzantines in Greece, Minas Tirith is Constantinople, and Mordor is Turkey.  The Riders of Rohan are Hungarian Magyars(who were known for their horse-riding), the Elves are the remnants of Italo-Celts, and the orcs are both Germanic tribes as well as Turkic invaders - any of the maurading tribes that threatened the Byzantines.   There are a lot of correlations...

"Despite their numerous obvious differences, there are many similarities between the two kingdoms and the two cities, those of the Tolkien’s Legendarium and those of History. There is a strong resemblance between the Kingdom of Gondor and the Eastern Roman Empire, as there are also a lot of common characteristics among Arnor and the Western Roman Empire. Of course parallels can also be drawn to Minas Tirith and Constantinople."

https://www.quora.com/In-what-ways-were-...ce-Tolkien
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I always thought that the Elves were analogous to Jews. Even more so, Vulcans on Star Trek. Both seemed a little better than everyone else. More civilized, more intelligent, and with subtle powers. (I wonder if antisemitism is behind the destruction of Vulcan, and the failure to go back in time and save Vulcan.)
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