Several artists in the new Amazon series “Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” have trapped hateful comments from viewers who He criticized the casting of colored people Like Elves, Dwarves, and Harfoots, among other fictional races. (Most of the roles were created for the show, including Silvan elf Arondir, played by Ismael Cruz Córdova, and Princess Disa the dwarf, portrayed by Sophia Nomvete, two actors who were targets of hateful letters.)
Staff members talked about the racist comments they received, and now, they have the support of the original Hobbit WoodAnd the AstinAnd the Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd, who played Frodo, Samways, Merry and Pippen, respectively. All four actors appeared dressed in clothes that read, in Elvish, “You’re all welcome here,” along with several ears of different characters in a range of skin tones. (Tolkien was created Various dialects of Elvish for his work.)
The shirts And the hats are made by Don Marshall, a TikTok user with over 590,000 followers Involved “Withholding the facts of ‘LOTR’.” Earlier this month, Marshall, who expressed his enthusiasm for the new series and its new characters, asked his fans to help him identify users who left racist comments on his videos, say He’s already blocked about 100 of them.
J.R.R. Tolkien, who wrote the “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy between World Wars I and II and in the following period, some readers accused him of embrace racist ideas in his novels, particularly in his depictions of Elves, Dwarves, and Orcs. And Jackson’s trilogy of films, “The Lord of the Rings,” features people of color in crucial roles.
“Rings of Power” Meanwhile, it features people of color in the central roles, including Cordova, Numfit, and Nazanin Boniadi, who plays Bronwyn. British-Iranian actress to thank “The stubborn, brave and resilient woman of her homeland” to inspire her character.
But some fans were outraged by the newly inclusive Middle-earth, sending hateful comments to the actors themselves amid Reports of the series being “bombing review” (That is, flooding the Internet with so many bad reviews that it misrepresents the true percentage of critics and viewers who liked it.)
Cordova, an Afro-Latino actor from Puerto Rico, is the first person of color to play Tolkien Elf, yet over the past two years he has been inundated with “pure and fierce hate speech” on social media, he said. Respected.
“I fought hard for this role for this very reason,” he said. “I felt like I could carry that torch. I made sure my elf was the most elven, the most adorable, because I knew this was coming.”
Nomvete also expected a hateful reaction to her casting, especially as she is the first dwarf woman in a graphic adaptation of Tolkien’s work. She said Daily Beast They mostly focus on improving representation in the fantasy world.
“People of color do exist in the world. And so I find it absolutely insane that we don’t or can’t exist in the fantasy world, of all places.”
The other members of the cast defended each other: Morvid told Clarke, who plays dwarf hero Galadriel, inverse This fan claims that a series that departs from Tolkien’s original ideas is unfounded.
“The idea that anyone could know exactly what he (Tolkien) wanted or would have liked is, I feel, nonsense,” she said.
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