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Why Giorgia Meloni, the rightwinger who could rule Italy, is such a big Tolkien fan

10 January 2022 | The Times

Having once described Adolf Hitler as a ruddy little ignoramus”, JRR Tolkien would have been puzzled to learn that his magnum opus has become totemic of Europe’s extreme right.

Last week Meloni, the leader of Italy’s hard right Brothers of Italy party, posted a tribute to the great” British author to mark the anniversary of his birth in 1892. He raised many of us with his stories packed with values and meaning, teaching us to believe and to dream,” she said.…


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Having once described Adolf Hitler as a ruddy little ignoramus”, JRR Tolkien would have been puzzled to learn that his magnum opus has become totemic of Europe’s extreme right.

Giorgia Meloni, 44, who is tipped to become Italy’s first female prime minister, has publicised her devotion to The Lord of the Rings and written of how she used to dress up as a hobbit.

Last week Meloni, the leader of Italy’s hard right Brothers of Italy party, posted a tribute to the great” British author to mark the anniversary of his birth in 1892. He raised many of us with his stories packed with values and meaning, teaching us to believe and to dream,” she said.

JRR Tolkien’s work was co-opted by rightwingers in the 1970s despite his dislike of fascists

JRR Tolkien’s work was co-opted by rightwingers in the 1970s despite his dislike of fascists

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Mixed in with posts attacking illegal migration and

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