I hate this squirrely argument that Tolkien was writing his world as a mythology for England and that therefore you’re somehow doing it wrong if you include people of colour.
- There are people of colour who are English, and who therefore deserve to see themselves in any English mythology
- There were people of colour in England from Roman times onward
- The first people to have settled in the land that came to be known of as England looked like this:
Cheddar man (so called because his 10,000 year old bones were found in a cave in the Cheddar gorge. His DNA was decoded and carried the markers of dark skin and blue eyes – click on the link to get the full details. Some of his descendants have been found still living there, btw.)
Middle-earth is set before that, so honestly, it’s the people who are claiming that everyone in the series is white who have to explain why.
*Probably to be followed soon by several larger rants