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By Timothy Furnish, The Stream, June 3, 2023

Timothy Furnish holds a Ph.D. in Islamic, World and African history from Ohio State University and a M.A. in Theology from Concordia Seminary. He is a former U.S. Army Arabic linguist and, later, civilian consultant to U.S. Special Operations Command. …


Timothy FurnishLast week, conservative commentator Steve Deace’s Twitter feed was discussing which The Lord of the Rings character fit Donald Trump. This reminded me I’d done such an analysis of the 2012 Presidential candidates. Thus why not for those of 2024? After all, Tolkien’s writings can and have been applied to geopolitics. And writers, both Left and Right, have been typecasting politicians as Shakespeare characters for years. Like I did, for the 2020 campaign. So before I run out of pipe weed, and as entertainment before second breakfast, here goes. (Disclaimer: this piece will segue between the books and movies, as fits my narrative.)

Trump is Denethor

Right now the GOP has nine declared candidates. Let’s start at the top, with former President Trump. He recalls Denethor, Lord and Steward of Gondor. …

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