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Old 07-11-2015, 09:52 AM   #1
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Boots Fantasy Counterpart Culture

Rohan is consciously a version of the Anglo-Saxons. The Shire is rural England. Gondor is sort of a hybrid Egypt and late Roman Empire. The dwarves are commonly held to be a Viking themed culture (although I personally do not subscribe to this view).

My question is, what seems to have influenced Tolkien the most in his conception of elven culture?

Of all the cultures in his work this is the one that seems to have the most originality, although there are certainly aspects of heroic Northern culture that are in their make up.
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