The lead actors of Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, and Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” film trilogy are pretty protective of the beloved fantasy property. But they will not tolerate racism or hatred towards the new generation of Tolkien actors.
Many of the cast in Amazon’s new series “Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” have been beset by hateful comments from viewers who called for casting people of color as Elves, Dwarves, and Harfoots, among other fictional races. has criticized. (Most of the roles for the show were made up for the show, including Sylvan Elf Arondir, played by Ismail Cruz Cordova, and Princess Disa the Dwarf, portrayed by Sofia Nomvat, two actors who have been the target of hate messages.)
Cast members have spoken out about the racist comments they’ve received, and now, they have the support of the original Hobbits. wood, astin, Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd, who played Frodo, Samvaiz, Mary and Pippin, respectively. All four actors appeared wearing gear that read, “Welcome all of you here,” along with several ears of different characters across a spectrum of skin colours. (Tolkien coined various Elvish dialects for his works.)
shirt And the caps were created by Don Marshall, a TikTok user with more than 590,000 followers, who “shares vague ‘LOTR’ facts.” Earlier this month, Marshall, who expressed excitement about the new series and its new characters, asked his fans to help identify users who left racist comments on his videos, he said. That they had already blocked about 100 of them.
J.R.R. Tolkien, who wrote “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings” trilogy between World War I and II and in the later period, has been accused by some readers of spying on racist ideas in his novels, notably Formally in his depictions of Elves, Dwarves and Orcs. And there are next-to-none people of color in key roles in Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” film trilogy.
Meanwhile, “The Rings of Power” features people of color in central roles, including Cordova, Nomvat, and Nazanin Boniadi, who plays Bronwyn. The British-Iranian actress thanked “the tenacious, brave and resilient women of (her) motherland” for inspiring her character.
But some fans have been outraged by the new reclusive Middle-earth, sending hateful comments to the actors themselves amid reports of the series being “review-bombed” (i.e., flooding the internet with so many bad reviews that the series has been “review-bombed”). It misrepresents the correct percentage (critics and audiences loved it).
Tolkien, an Afro-Latino actor from Cordova, Puerto Rico, is the first person of color to play the elf, and yet for the past two years, he’s been flooded with “pure and vicious hate speech” on social media, he told Esquire. Told.
“I have fought a lot for this role for this reason,” he said. “I thought I could carry that torch. I made sure my elf was the most Elven, the most incredible, because I knew it was coming.”
Nomwaite also anticipated a hateful reaction to her casting, particularly because she is also the first female dwarf in a filmed adaptation of Tolkien’s work. She told the Daily Beast that she is mostly focused on improving representation in the fantasy realm.
“People of color do exist in the world. And so I find it utterly insane that we don’t or cannot exist, of all places, in a world of imagination.”
Other cast members have defended each other: Morphed Clark, who plays elf hero Galadriel, told Inverse that fan claims that the series deviates from Tolkien’s original ideas are unfounded.
“The idea that anyone can know exactly what (Tolkien) would want or what he would like, I think, is nonsense,” she said.
Cordova thanked Astin and Wood for supporting the cast of “Rings of Power”.
“We belong to Middle-earth,” Cordova wrote,