In response to racist criticism of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, the original cast members of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy have banded together to call for inclusivity. Because they feel it contradicts JRR Tolkien source material, some viewers have expressed their displeasure with the hiring of persons of colour for the series.
On social media, Elijah Wood, Billy Boyd, and Dominic Monaghan banded together to support the diversity in the Amazon Prime Video series’ casting.
The tweet Wood posted on Twitter has the description, “You are all welcome here.”
The three actors may be seen donning a t-shirt that depicts the ears of creatures from Middle-earth in various skin tones. To purchase the shirt they are wearing at the online store, Wood and the other actors provided a link. A charity that supports POC will receive 50% of the revenues, according to the item’s description, which was provided by Don’s community.
The Rings of Power actor Ismael Cruz Córdova, who portrays Arondir, an elf warrior, tweeted in response to Wood’s tweet, “Much love.”
Recently, Cruz Córdova spoke up about having to deal with racist online trolls who have solely used “pure and brutal hate speech” against him the actor also thanked the stars for standing up against the counter racist attack by tweeting ‘‘we belong in middle earth”
“I fought so hard for this role for this very reason,” he recently told Esquire. “I felt that I could carry that torch. I made sure that my elf was the most Elven, the most incredible, because I knew this was coming.”
Sean Astin also expressed support for diversity adding in a tweet, “You are all welcome here.”