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    His speech drew inevitable comparisons to J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy epic The Lord of the Rings with his line "I will be an ally of the light, not of the darkness".

    Fans of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden flooded Twitter with saccharine praise for his "Lord of the Rings" nomination acceptance speech.

    The 77-year-old former vice president evoked comparisons to Gandalf the Grey's valiant last stand against the Balrog on the bridge of Khazad-Dum in his speech at the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Thursday night.

    ​"Here and now, I give you my word: If you entrust me with the presidency, I will draw on the best of us, not the worst", he said. "I will be an ally of the light, not of the darkness. It's time for us, for we the people, to come together".

    Twitter users gushed over the speech, quickly comparing Republican President Donald Trump to Sauron, the dark lord of Mordor.

    ​Democratic Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer's humour fell flat in his jibe at Donald Trump's dubbing of Biden as "Sleepy Joe".

    ​News broadcaster MSNBC even ran an item on how Biden helped a young boy overcome his stutter.

    ​But conservative tweeters took a sarcastic tone, with one obvious reference to Biden's controversial son Hunter, a co-speaker on Thursday night.

    ​And conservative pundit Ann Coulter questioned Biden's ability to deliver a coherent speech in one take.

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