Original 'Lord of the Rings' Cast Defend Diversity in 'The Rings of Power'

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Oct 12th, 2019 : A 3D rendering of the ring of power from the novel Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien ( Editorial credit: Elentaris Photo /

After complaints about actors of Color in 'The Lord of the Rings,' the original 'The Lord of The Rings' cast members defend diversity in 'The Rings of Power.'

The show's cast includes actors from various backgrounds, including British-Jamaican, South African-Iranian, and Puerto Rican.

After backlash for the actors of color in its cast, The Rings of Power's original movie trilogy cast has come to its defense.

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Elijah Wood, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, and Sean Astin portrayed the hobbits Frodo Baggins, Pippin Took, Merry Brandybuck, and Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, have all expressed their support for the cast. Wood, Boyd, and Monaghan were captured together wearing a T-shirt with the words "You are all welcome here," which was written in Elvish with an illustration of various types of ears from Middle-Earth in several skin tones. Meanwhile, Astin uploaded a second photo of him in the cap with the same design, accompanied by all four cast members and tagging The Rings of Power's accounts. 50% of proceeds from the merchandise will go to a charity dedicated to people of color.

Critics argue that the racial diversity among lead actors in The Rings of Power is unfair, as it stars primarily people of color. For example, Jamaican-born Sir Lenny Henry, Puerto Rican Ismael Cruz Córdova, and South African/Iranian Sophia Nomvete – who is also the first Black woman to play a female dwarf in Lord of the Rings. The show's cast also issued a statement defending Tolkien's multi-cultural world and an essay explaining how race and culture are integrated into Tolkien's fiction.

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