I am making this thread mainly in response to a post I read here: http://paris.indymedia.org/article.php3?id_article=13086. Personally, I disagree strongly with it. Tolkien was trying to write a mythology for England. He loved the old anglo-saxon tales like Beowulf and was writing another great epic including great kingdoms, dark forces, elves, and dwarves. I personally have not read Beowulf. But I doubt there are many asian or oriental heroes in it. And therefore Tolkien would be unlikely to put them in his stories.