Some of the cast of Amazon’s new series The Lord of the Rings: The Ring of Power Criticizing the casting of people of color
Fictional races such as elves, dwarves, and halfhut. (Most of the roles were created for the show, such as the elf Alondir of Silvan, played by Ismael Cruz Cordova, and the dwarven princess Disa, played by Sophia Nombete.
Cast member speaks out on racist comments received and now has support for original Hobbit wood
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Billy Boyd as Frodo, Samwise, Merry and Pippin respectively. All four actors appeared wearing gear that read “welcome here” in Elvish and had several ears of different characters with different skin tones. (Created by Tolkien Different dialects of elves
for his work. )
The hat was created by Don Marshall, a TikTok user with over 590,000 followers. stock
“Obscure ‘LOTR’ facts.” I asked the fans. say it
He had already blocked about 100 people.
JRR Tolkien, who wrote the “Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings” trilogies during and after World War I and II, has been criticized by some readers. support racist ideas
in his novels, especially his portrayals of elves, dwarves and orcs. And people of color play an important role in Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” film trilogy.
“Ring of Power”
Meanwhile, people of color take center stage, including Nazanin Boniadi, who plays Córdoba, Nomvete, and Bronwyn.british iranian actress thanked
“A tenacious, brave and resilient woman from[her]hometown” who inspired her character.
However, some fans were outraged by the newly inclusive Middle-earth, sending hateful comments to the actor himself in it. report
of the series “Review Bombing”
(That is, flooding the internet with so many bad reviews, misrepresenting the true percentage of critics and viewers who liked it.
Cordova, an Afro-Latino actor from Puerto Rico who became the first person of color to play Tolkien’s elf, said he’s been inundated with “pure and vicious hate speech” on social media over the past two years. rice field. Esquire
“I fought hard for this role for exactly this reason,” he said. I made sure that elves are the most elves and the most wonderful.”
Nomvete also anticipated the hateful reaction to her casting, especially since she is also the first female dwarf to be made into a film adaptation of Tolkien’s work. Daily Beast
She mainly focuses on improving representations in the realm of fantasy.
“People of color exist in the world, so I think it’s sheer insanity that we don’t exist or can’t exist in fantasy worlds, everywhere.”
Other members of the cast defend each other: Morphid Clarke, who plays elven hero Galadriel, said reverse
Its fans claim that the series deviates from Tolkien’s original ideas, but that is unfounded.
“I think this idea that anyone can know exactly what[Tolkien]wanted or liked is nonsense,” she said.
Córdova thanked Astin and Wood for supporting the casting of “Rings of Power”.
“We belong to Middle-earth” Cordova I have written