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Elijah Wood and the actors of The Rings of Power, united against racism

In Middle Earth they already said: “Enough!” After months of criticism of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power for the creative decision to cast a diverse cast, because JRR Tolkien’s universe allows the inclusion of non-Caucasian actors to play the different races of Arda, the actors have united against racism.

They have not only been the members of the Amazon Prime Video series but also the original hobbits from the Peter Jackson movies.

“We, the cast of the rings of powerwe are together and in absolute solidarity and against the persistent racism, threats, harassment and abuse that some of our castmates of color experience every day. We refuse to ignore or tolerate it”, they have expressed in a statement shared by the official account of the series created by JD Payne and Patrick McKay, and directed by the Catalan JA Bayona.

In "The Rings of Power" there is room for all ethnic groups.  Photo EFE/Amazon Studios

In “The Rings of Power” there is room for all ethnic groups. Photo EFE/Amazon Studios

Tolkien’s multicultural world

“JRR Tolkien created a world that, by definition, is multicultural. A world where free people of different races and cultures come together, in one community, to defeat the forces of evil. The rings of power reflect this,” defends the cast of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

And they continue: “Our world has never been all white, fantasy has never been all white, Middle Earth is not all white. Colored people belong to Middle-earth and are here to stay.”

Some of the members who had received the most complaints were, for example, Ismael Cruz Cordova as Arondir, an elf in love with a human. Born in Puerto Rico, the actor is Afro-Latino.

Of course, he wasn’t too enthusiastic about the inclusion of Nazanin Boniadi, who plays the human Bronwyn, and who was born in Iran. Y, for the most racist fans of Tolkien, Sophia Nomvete as Disa, Tyroe Muhafidin as Theo or Lenny Henry as Zadok do not fit either.the wise man of the hairy (that is, the species of hobbits that is contemplated in the series).

Benjamin Walker, Morfydd Clark and Robert Aramayo, in "The Rings of Power".  Photo EFE/Amazon Studios

Benjamin Walker, Morfydd Clark and Robert Aramayo, in “The Rings of Power”. Photo EFE/Amazon Studios

Those of now and those of before

To the anti-racist attack the original hobbits have also joinedthe actors of the Peter Jackson trilogy that took 17 Oscars.

Elijah Wood, who played Frodo Bolson, uploaded a photo to the networks where he appears with Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd, also known as Meriadoc and Peregrin, wearing together a t-shirt with ears of all the races of Middle-earth and of all colors. “Everyone is welcome here,” the actor wrote in solidarity with Tolkien’s new generation of actors.

Sean Astin, who played Sam, also uploaded a photo wearing a cap with the same design. And it is that, when it comes to fighting evil, hobbits always know which is the right path.

The beginning of the series

Beyond the problems with racism, the truth is that The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power It began with a great acceptance of the spectators of this fantasy universe. Despite being a paid content, the first two chapters were seen by ten million people on their opening day. A figure that doubled -and a little more- a few days after the debut.

Source: The Vanguard


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