'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power': Morfydd Clark slams toxic fans after criticisms of diverse cast
Ever since ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ was announced, some self-proclaimed Tolkien fans have been bashing the series and its casting choices. The Amazon series, which is based on the Second age of Middle Earth, has faced criticism for not staying true to the original source and making a mockery of JRR Tolkien’s work. However, the premiere of the series gave real Tolkien fans a lot to talk about and they couldn’t stop raving about the first two episodes.
The stars of ‘The Rings of Power’ have been shying away from saying anything about the negative reactions, but it seems, one star has finally decided to break her silence and address the backlash. Actor Morfydd Clark, who plays the role of Galadriel in the series, has stepped up and voiced her thoughts on the controversy, saying that all the diversity criticisms are “nonsense”.
Speaking in an interview with Inverse, Clark said, “[Tolkien] was a really complex person who wrote a really complex world, and this idea that anyone could know exactly what he would've wanted or what he would've liked is, I feel, nonsense.”
As we know, the series is not tied to a specific novel by Tolkien, so the makers have taken some creative liberty to add some intriguing elements to the story. The creative team of the series introduced a wide range of characters such as female dwarves and new characters of color. A certain section of toxic fans was not happy with these additions and started bashing the show.
Yes, a lot of people of skeptical about the show because Tolkien fans don’t want to see any tampering with his source material. However, the writers have done a phenomenal job in mixing Tolkien’s work with their own vision and giving us a show that feels stunning. But a lot of people still believed that actors of color have been introduced to promote the woke messages and modern politics has to play an important role in that.
Nevertheless, the first two episodes received mighty thumbs up from the fans and social media could not stop raving about the show when it aired. As of now, the series currently holds a rating of 83% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is just 1% lower than ‘House of the Dragon’.
Let’s see if these two shows manage to take their scores up from here.