“Stand, men of the West”
As ""Lord of the Rings"" actor John Rhys-Davies speaks out, Nick Griffin says that the film trilogy is much more than entertainment
|"I think that Tolkien says that some generations will be challenged. And if they do not rise to meet that challenge, they will lose their civilization…. There is a demographic catastrophe happening in Europe that nobody wants to talk about…. By 2020, fifty percent of the children in Holland under the age of 18 will be of Muslim descent.”
John Rhys-Davies, British-born star of ""Lord of the Rings"", in which he both plays Gimli the dwarf and provides the voice of Treebeard, interviewed in top US weekly magazine, "World", 20th December 2003.
The "Lord of the Rings" film trilogy in which Rhys-Davies stars is not just a technological marvel and a classic ‘ripping yarn’, it is also a nationalist cultural breakthrough of truly historic proportions. Quite simply, Tolkien’s masterpiece was designed by its author, right from the start, to provide the English-speaking peoples of the world with a motivating myth and vision.
In some way, whether through a misty glass darkly or in a vision of crystal clarity we shall never know, Tolkien foresaw a time when our people would need the spiritual and psychological sustenance of an epic tale of the ultimate clash between Evil and Good.
The world-devouring techno-totalitarianism of Sauron and Saruman has come to life in the global greed machine of US-based liberal-capitalism. The hobbits’ Shire is still, as it always was, a symbolic representation of the quintessential decency and tolerance of the folk-communities of all Anglo-Celts. In Peter Jackson’s film, the sumptuous design detail makes it clear that the Riders of Rohan are culturally and ethnically Scandinavian Vikings, while the culture and weaponry of their Elvish allies hark back to Ancient Greece. The Middle Earth over which the final conflict rages is Europe, and her peoples – even the magical ones – are European. This is a film not just about, but also for, white people.
Failure at top
A further all-too instructive motif is the way in which, time and time again, powerful individuals who should stand up to evil are either seduced or petrified by it. The head of the wizards’ Order, Saruman is the worst and most damaging example, but the possessed King Theoden and the insane and defeatist Steward of Gondor, Denethor, also fail in their duties at critical times. Even among the easy-going hobbits, the stoutly bourgeois Sackville-Bagginses and ne’er-do-wells alike combine to sneer at and disapprove of Frodo and his brave companions.
With treason and cowardice rampant at the ‘top’, it is left to ordinary people – the diminutive hobbits, with their “slow-kindled courage”, and the graybeards and boys who man the battlements at Helm’s Deep – to get involved and to do the things to which their ‘betters’ turn blind eyes. Eomer‘s company of Riders even find themselves outlawed, banished on pain of death for the ‘crime’ of resisting the murderous bands of Orcs and wild men from the distant hills who are seizing their land and ethnically cleansing their people.
As Gimli/Rhys-Davies has clearly understood, there are also unmistakable parallels between the threat posed to Tolkien’s fictional West by armies of monstrous Orcs and Southrons (“wicked men, almost as bad as Orcs”), and the real-life challenge posed to our civilization and identity by mass Third World immigration. This subconscious message, backed by the strength of the visual imagery of archetypal Europeans battling obvious ‘Outsiders’, may explain the remarkable lack of ‘diversity’ in the vast majority of LOTR cinema audiences.
Make a difference
In as far as politics follows culture, the full significance of Peter Jackson’s stunning production will not be understood for perhaps several decades. But there can be no doubt that many thousands of people who watch the films – particularly young teenagers just forming their adult worldview and political opinions – will not only heed the message intended by Tolkien and talked of by Rhys-Davies, but will also take on board Gandalf’s message that “even the smallest person” can make a difference by summoning up the courage to do what they know is right.
As Western civilization approaches the last twenty years in which present trends can be reversed and all we hold dear preserved, the generation on whom this monumental task falls will come of age with the words of Tolkien’s heroes ringing in their collective subconscious.
Any earlier – at any time in the last century - and the combination of technological shortcomings and the lack of immediate obvious danger would have made the film useless. Any later, and it would have been too late, a phony comfort blanket to retreat to as our world perished. But, as it is, the timing is perfect. If there was ever a Providential film, it’s Peter Jackson’s "Lord of the Rings".
Rhys Davies made his comments on the day of the Hollywood premiere, lecturing the media pundits who were attending the event about the precarious nature of Western civilization and how, just as Middle Earth was in the story, dangerously close to being overwhelmed by a force of evil and losing everything that was good, noble and creative to the dark, the base and the destructive, so too does the West now face a challenge which we must rise to face or else lose everything we hold dear.
The Wiltshire-born actor is, in real life, a strapping 6ft1in and is developing a reputation for being outspoken. Clearly aware that his views are not cast from the same mould as most of those who work in the heavily cosmopolitan and multi-cultural Hollywood, Rhys-Davies told reporters:
"You do realize that in this town (Hollywood), what I've been saying is rather like, sort of — oh well, I can't find a comparable blasphemy ... but we've got to get a bit serious. What is unconscionable is that too many of your fellow journalists do not understand how precarious Western civilization is and what a joy it is. From it, we get real democracy. From it, we get the sort of intellectual tolerance that allows me to propound something that may be completely alien to you around this table...."
Rhys-Davis clearly didn’t blunder into this controversy as happens from time to time with minor public figures. In fact, he explicitly told the journalists that he knows that speaking out in this way is not in his immediate personal interest: "I'm burying my career so substantially in these interviews that it's painful. But I think that there are some questions that demand honest answers,"
"I think that Tolkien says that some generations will be challenged. And if they do not rise to meet that challenge, they will lose their civilization. That does have a real resonance with me.”
He recalled a talk he held with his father back in 1955 when the family was living in Tanzania. His father said "... militant Islam is on the rise again. And you will see it in your lifetime." Although his father has since passed on, Rhys-Davies said that "there's not a day that goes by that I don't think of him and think, 'God, I wish you were here, just so I could tell you that you were right.'"
“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 Holland 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.”
Recognising the fundamental politically incorrect nature of his words, he explained how "I am for dead white male culture" — utilising the derogatory catchphrase used on college campuses to attack Western Culture.
The actor concluded his lecture to the shell-shocked hacks by telling them that “if Tolkien has got a message, it's ‘sometimes you've got to stand up and fight for what you believe in’."
Indeed. So make sure you see the whole LOTR trilogy but, more important, make sure that you understand and act on Tolkien’s message. One of the film’s most poignant scenes of all is when Frodo tells the wizard Gandalf that he wishes that the terrible burden of the Ring of Power had never come to him, and that none of this had ever happened. “So do all who live to see such times,” comes the reply, “but that is not for them to decide. All that we have to decide is what to do with the time that is left to us.”
A downloadable BNP leaflet aimed specifically at audiences leaving showings of the third film in the trilogy, The Return of the King, is available on the main BNP website
Many of those attending showings over the final couple of weeks will have seen the film before – these people, the ones who have been particularly enthused by Tolkien’s masterpiece and message, are ideal potential recruits.