The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power does something that no other version of J.R.R. Tolkien's work has done: it puts women and people of colour in the spotlight.

The Rings of Power tries to show more sides of Middle-earth by adding non-white characters like Bronwyn (Nazanin Boniadi), Arondir (Ismael Cruz

Córdova), and Disa (Sophia Nomvete) and following the stories of women like Bronwyn, Disa, and Galadriel (Morfydd Clark). It is the latest fantasy or

science fiction show, like The Wheel of Time, Foundation, or The Sandman, to cast people of different races, genders, and sexual orientations.

Unfortunately, the fact that everyone is cast in The Rings of Power has been criticised by racist and sexist internet trolls who say that this breaks

Tolkien's canon. Richard Newby of The Hollywood Reporter says that these horrible reactions miss the point of Tolkien's work and his goals. He also

says that these calls to uphold Tolkien's canon are thinly veiled attempts to justify racism. Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, which also

deviates from its source material and has almost an entirely white cast, didn't get nearly as much hate as this one. 

Mashable talked to a few of the actors in The Rings of Power over Zoom about what it means to them to be in an epic fantasy project that focuses

on women and people of colour. One thing that Boniadi said summed up how they all felt: "I feel like it's about time."

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