As I mentioned to Dashui in the comments section the other day, I had a young Preservationist I met at Amren email me a couple days ago and compare his experience at the conference to the Council of Elrond in Rivendell in The Fellowship Of The Ring.
I have been thinking on that comparison a lot the last couple days and I can’t get over the parallels….
-We (as in our movement- those at Amren, or those centered around this site) are a contingent of individuals brought together by the shared threats facing our people and lands.
-We come from varied and impressive backgrounds and our ranks include scholars, warriors, adventurers, travelers, patriarchs, etc, etc, etc.
-We are transposed against orc-like Antifa and monstrous animals subsumed in historical levels of rape and murder.
-We share explicit and clear cultural and aesthetic and physical characteristics with the Elves and Men in Rivendell in Tolkien’s creation.
This latter point about the shared aesthetics or physical traits is a significant one. Tolkien’s elves are the stereotypical Nordic phenotype, with blonde-hair and blue and green eyes. Most of the humans he describes (such as the Dunedain) have darker hair but more chiseled, masculine features, and perfectly fit the mold of classic, strong, northern-European looking men.
These physical traits have been associated with nobility, beauty, courage, and goodness throughout human history.
And our friends on the left are now associating them with us, as the following article demonstrates.
From The Cut, by author “Amy Larocca” [bolding and underlining by me]:
“The Politics Of Blonde Hair From Persephone To Ivanka Trump”
Blonde hair is at least 11,000 years old. The variety we’re now most familiar with began as a genetic mutation in northern Europe, where the sun is weak: Light hair allows more vitamin D to trickle in through the scalp, the theory goes, which is useful when the sky is cold and dark. It wasn’t the first hair color that people had, so it was rare, and its being rare made it sexually desirable, and its being sexually desirable meant it spread, and then there was a bit more of it.
Eventually, blondness spread south: Many of the Greek gods were golden-haired, as were many heroes of the Iliad.
….[Today], of course, there are the politics of hair color. Attributes associated with whiteness — light skin, narrow noses — have dominated American beauty ideals as long as there’s been such a thing…..
……To be blonde was to be a good American woman, pure of intention and heart — which implied also, of course, that to be a good American woman, pure of intention and heart, meant being blonde. Betty was blonde, Veronica was trouble. Ditto Sandy and Rizzo.
….Now, blonde is the color of the right, for whom whiteness has become a hallmark. Over the past decade or so, as inclusiveness became the hallmark of Obama-era liberals, the left found feminist icons in Rachel Maddow, Samantha Power, and Michelle Obama, who make no apologies for their failure to fit traditional ideals. But #MAGA….. and …[today], above all else, for women, that yellow-blonde, carefully tended hair — a dog whistle of whiteness, an unspoken declaration of values, a wink-wink to the power of racial privilege and to the 1980s vibe… pervades a movement led by a man who still believes in the guilt of the Central Park Five….
…And then there are all the White House’s shades of blonde — the president likes men who look like generals and women who look like they all pledged the same sorority house. Many of Trump’s prominent female surrogates have blonde hair: Kellyanne Conway and Ivanka Trump, of course, but also the Trump daughters-in-law and the new-to-the-scene talking heads like Kayleigh McEnany, who once told Don Lemon on CNN that Trump “doesn’t want a scenario where there’s New Black Panthers outside with guns, essentially, like, intimidating people from coming into the polls”; Tomi Lahren, who compared the Black Lives Matter movement to the Ku Klux Klan…..
……blonde is a reminder, perhaps, of what many Americans feel is truly at stake in a newly global world.
….the implied racial essentialism of blondness….
*This article appears in the August 7, 2017, issue of New York Magazine.
I find the above article to be fascinating, and heartening.
As the degenerate leftist who wrote the article says, traits such as blonde-hair have been associated with glory and beauty and strength and victory for thousands of years.
While she focuses a bit too much on Fox News- which we know is barely any more conservative than CNN or MSNBC- I think she is absolutely right that our side is beginning to be associated with these same physical traits and ideals again. While she fits all her usual liberal tropes around this characterization, the salience of the connection between our side and attractiveness and edginess bleeds through clearly.
I would attribute some of that to Donald Trump, but most of it to the meme warfare and passionate Identitarianism of our own larger collective movement, and the burgeoning youth culture it is arising from.
This awful little author has- to her credit- illustrated the wonderful point that it is nationalism/Identitarianism/Traditionalism that is now associated with an aesthetic of strength, nobility, and sexiness…. and that it is the Cultural-Marxist left (such as its exemplars Rachel Maddow and Samantha Bee that she references) is associated with an aesthetic of ugliness and unhealthiness (much as the Orcs were in Lord of the Rings).
The Power Of Elven Exceptionalism
I tend to be especially amenable to the physical side of things, but the intellectual side is equally important.
We have good tidings today of profound consequence on that side as well, as the following screenshot captures:
As Tolkien so beautifully wrote… it doesn’t matter how many times Morgoth tries to steal the sacred music from Illuvatar, his evil always ends up blended back into Illuvatar’s song in an even more wondrous way.
I wanted to post this article to celebrate the lengths we have come and the successes we are seeing.
But it is obvious we must continue striving in the same direction as we are only 3% or perhaps 5% of where we need to go.
We need the nobility of our cause to embed itself in the hearts of our normie brethren- at least a big enough chunk for a tipping point to be reached where we are successful in redirecting the path of the West.
In the words of one noted individual (who also linked to that above screenshot, I should add) we need to catalyze a monumental rise of “Chad Nationalism”.
In short, a metamorphosis, to win the civilizational struggle we were born for.
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-Finally, here are some further examples of 21st Century Tolkienist Preservationism…