The Crossroads of the Aether
Orcs- Prussians, Germans and Ruritainians
Elves-English upper class, drunk Irishmen (cause both think they are magical)
Dwarves-the Welsh, Scots and anyone who has a burr
Half elves- Americans...who only think they are magical part of the time
Humans-everyone else...except Canadians...I'm still think'n on them!
Ranger is an interesting example. Rangers, of one sort or another, actually exist in real history. Roger's Rangers -- Texas Rangers -- Mosby's Rangers -- Arizona Rangers [Yes I am American]. The first is a bit early but the other three existed in Victorian times even if one is a bug about Vickie's reign.