While browsing around, I came across this quote by Winston Churchill.
History is written by the victors.
This got me thinking. And then, a thought came to me…
What if the Lord of the Rings was written by the victors? That would mean that Mordor/Sauron was actually peaceful?
I first thought no, no. It can’t be! Frodo, Gollum, the Fellowship, all of that would be for nothing.
But it then starts to make sense.
The rest of Middle Earth all-together could easily crush a small minority like Mordor. And the strength of all the magic of the elves, wizards and dwarves combined could easily crush a leader like Sauron.
So I did a bit of research, and as it turns out, I’m not the only one.
18 years ago, Russian scientist Kirill Yeskov tried to settle certain geographical problems in Tolkien’s fantasy world. One thing led to another, and he tackled a bigger project – what if we assumed that it’s no less real than our world? His conclusion was that in such a case, the story of the Ring of Power is most likely a much-altered heroic retelling of a major war – but what was that war really about?
The result of this re-appraisal was the publication in 1999 of The Last Ring-bearer – a re-thinking of Tolkien’s story in real-world terms. Dr. Yeskov, a professional paleontologist whose job is reconstructing long-extinct organisms and their way of life from fossil remnants, performs essentially the same feat in The Last Ring-bearer, reconstructing the real world of Tolkien’s Arda from The Lord of the Rings – the heroic tales of the Free Men of the West written in that world. We have a pretty good idea how well heroic tales map to reality from our own world…
Here, I have included a English translation of his book. Explore and enjoy. Will this make you turn to the dark side?