”In 2004, in a magazine interview, Rhys-Davies compared the theme of The Lord of the Rings with the current situation of Western Europe, whose civilisation he described as being challenged by a rise of the Muslim population, stating:
There is a demographic catastrophe happening in Europe that nobody wants to talk about, that we daren’t bring up because we are so cagey about not offending people racially. And rightly we should be. But there is a cultural thing as well… By 2020, fifty percent of the children in the Netherlands under the age of 18 will be of Muslim descent… And don’t forget, coupled with this there is this collapse of numbers. Western Europeans are not having any babies. The population of Germany at the end of the century is going to be 56% of what it is now. The populations of France, 52% of what it is now. The population of Italy is going to be down 7 million people.
His comments were endorsed by the British National Party. Rhys-Davies commented that it was ”distressing to find yourself on a BNP leaflet”. He was also endorsed in a National Vanguard editorial. Yet, in an interview with the conservative National Review, he clarifies that he is opposed to Islamic extremism precisely because he feels that it violates Western beliefs in equality, democracy, tolerance, and the abolition of slavery.”
”Another possibility is that dwarves are folk memories of the neanderthals that populated the world (primarily Europe) prior to the expansion of the human race. This fits rather well into the picture of the dwarf, as neanderthals were on average shorter but burlier than humans and possessed stronger features (broader noses, more pronounced brow ridges, and so forth), which could be seen by ancient humans as deformities (dwarves are commonly said to be ”deformed”). Finally, neanderthals (like so many humans) used caves as shelters, thus making them ”subterranean” beings. Vitus Droesher proposed that in ancient societies, individual(s) with short statue or physical deformity specialised in mining and metallurgy and kept away from the rest of society. They would be turned in a legend into dwarf or dwarves.”
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