The very conservative Giorgia Meloni devotes a devotion to the Lord of the Rings, the saga of J. RR Tolkien, with its elves, hobbits, magicians, dwarves, orcs and humans. We imagined her obsessed with an Italian writer, she quotes the British author of one of the bestsellers of the 20th century, the model of the heroic fantasy genre, which we devour in adolescence. Above all, she made this private passion a bedrock of her public life. And his victory.
In his autobiography, Io Sono Giorgia. The mie radici, the mie idee (Rizzoli, 2021), or “I am Giorgia. My roots, my ideas” (My itinerary, to be published by Chora, 392 pages, 19.90 euros), the 45-year-old Italian who should soon govern the country scripts her visceral attachment to Tolkien’s trilogy. She clarified this influence to the New York Times on September 21.
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We learn that the leader of Fratelli d’Italia (“Brothers of Italy”) discovered at the age of 11 this river story where modest hobbits save Middle-earth by destroying the evil lord Sauron, who made rings of power dependent on him – including an evil one. At 15, an activist in the neofascist party MSI, she and her comrades dress up as heroes of the book, meet to the sound of the horn, taste the identity music of the group Compagnia dell’Anello (“Company of the ring”), including a neo-fascist anthem, Tomorrow belongs to us.
antidote to power
As an adult, she does not reduce the pace. In 2008, Minister of Youth in a Berlusconi government, she poses with a figurine of the wizard Gandalf (a nice guy in Tolkien). In early September, during her election campaign, she regrets not being able to watch The Rings of Power, a series from the saga, on Amazon Prime.
She regularly quotes Tolkien on Facebook: “Faithless is he who says Goodbye when the road darkens. She repeats that young party members should read it. During his last meeting before the election, on September 23 in Rome, the actor Pino Insegno presents it, quoting the British writer.
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After the victory, his sister Arianna Meloni publishes a long post on Facebook full of references to Tolkien, even seeing in the writer “the compass” of a policy to come, aimed at “eradicating diseased fields in order to leave healthy lands. to cultivate to those who will come later”.
For the future President of the Council, The Lord of the Rings is indeed not just a beloved novel but a program. “Tolkien could define the values of the conservative camp better than we do,” she told the New York Times. Her favorite character, the hobbit Sam Gamegie, is not really a bodybuilder, but he is a manifesto and an antidote to power, which she considers corrupt by nature: small in size, a gardener by profession, shy of character, nice and good natured, not pushy for two pennies. But he helps save Middle-earth.
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