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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Anomaly

The Extended Edition of the Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring tells us something like the following: Tolkien has disliked technology (or rather technological advance) since his birth, so it seems. But I never actually saw that written. Maybe I read to fast, maybe I was a bit sleepy. But as I said, I reread the Hobbit, and I saw it.

Cover of the book the Hobbit

Tolkien’s description of the orcs (or goblins, whatever) is too clear for words.

Now goblins are cruel, wicked, and bad-hearted. They make no beautiful things, but they make many clever ones. They can tunnel and mine as well as any but the most skilled dwarves, when they take the trouble, though they are usually untidy and dirty. Hammers, axes, swords, daggers, pickaxes, tongs, and also instruments of torture, they make very well, or get other people to make to their design, prisoners and slaves that have to work till they die for want of air and light. It is not unlikely that they invented some of the machines that have since troubled the world, especially the ingenious devices for killing large numbers of people at once, for wheels and engines and explosions always delighted them, and also not working with their own hands more than they could help; but in those days and those wild parts they had not advanced (as it is called) so far.

These words mark exactly everything I missed in the Lord of the Rings (be it a fault of my side) — it’s too bad I didn’t see this the first time I read the Hobbit. As I said, Tolkien was a friend of nature, which automatically creates the link between him and Tobold Hownblower [1].
After I read this, it added a lot more perspective in the way I see the Orcs and, more importantly, how I see the balance between the races.

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