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The Maori Tribe of New Zealand are a tribe who share lands with the settlers descended from the English.
Over 25% of New Zealand's population are descended from this tribe. Their language is still alive and is official alongside English and New Zealand Sign Language.
Maori in the MoviesEdit
Several members of the Maori participated in Peter Jackson's movies, "The Fellowship of the Ring", "The Two Towers", and "The Return of the King". None played a large role. Lawrence Makoare (a Maori) played Lurtz, Gothmog the lieutenant of Morgul, and the Witch King of Angmar. Maori also played some of the Uruk-Hai, Orcs, Haradrim, Soldiers of Gondor, and Riders of Rohan.
Maori and the DruedainEdit
Some think the Drúedain Tribes of the Drúadan Forest are inspired by the Maori. They could also be inspired by the African, Indian (from India), Native American, and Gypsy cultures. Some theorize that they represent the Basque people and or Neanderthals. They could be a mixture of all.