Top 10 Pagan Inspirations in the Lord of the Rings

I would argue that The Lord of the Rings is a Christian story set in a Pagan world (you can tell it's Christian because of the good vs. evil theme which is not a Pagan thing).

The Top Ten Pagan Inspirations in the Lord of the Rings

The One Ring (based on Andvari's Ring from Norse mythology)
Elves (ancestral spirits and messengers of the deities)
The White Tree of Minas Tirith (tree worship)
Moria (from a Scandinavian fairy tale, "Soria Moria Castle")
Goblins/Orcs (Christian perversion of Pagan Ancestral cult)
Smaug (Fafnir)
Riders of Rohan (pre-Christian Anglo-Saxons and Goths)
Sauron as an eye (Oden's one eye)
Dundlendings (Celts)
Dwarven runes (based on real world Germanic runes)
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