Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Showrunner Patrick McKay Tries to Address Concerns the Show Will Embrace Modern Woke Politics

Patrick McKay, the showrunner of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, recently addressed fan concerns that the series is adopting a modern waking policy in favor of Tolkien’s actual writings.

Leon Wadhman as Kemen, Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Queen Regent Míriel, Trystan Gravelle as Pharazôn, Lloyd Owen as Elendil, Ema Horvath as Eärin and Maxim Baldry as Isildur in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

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Fans have made it clear that they are extremely concerned about this.

For example, YouTuber Just Some Guy took issue with the show’s casting, saying in a YouTube video, “The aim of Tolkien’s stories is to be English in design and effect. And Middle-earth reflects this in its cultures, its languages ​​and the appearance of its races. To change that, to remove the anglicism, or really the whiteness from Tolkien’s stories, is to undermine the very purpose of his works.

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YouTuber The One Ring recently expressed concerns about the portrayal of Galadriel and Míriel in the recently released trailer for The Rings of Power.

Her review focused on a single image of Galadriel and Míriel meeting in what appears in Númenor. As part of this, he noted, “Amazon is actively changing Tolkien’s work to reflect the worldview they want to create rather than what Tolkien created.”

“They believe their view of the world is actually better than Tolkien’s,” he explained. “And Tolkien’s worldview was of Middle-earth. It was influenced by who he was, but it wasn’t like he was trying to inject his politics into Middle-earth. He was writing what he knew and what he knew was based on his going to World War I and his marriage to Edith.

“His worldview was not to be a political activator. He was not someone who influenced the times. He wrote Middle-earth for the love of Middle-earth writing, and for the love of mythology, and for the love of language,” details The One Ring.

Morfydd Clark as Galadriel and Benjamin Walker as High King Gil-galad in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

He then points out that Galadriel and Míriel take on these roles in the trailer that they have never played in any of Tolkien’s works and that the reason they do so is to push modern feminism.

“You can bet they read what Tolkien wrote and probably immediately knew they thought it was better the way they wrote it,” he said. “Because they could show the queen of Númenor and they could show Galadriel, the most powerful elf, working together in a great female power singularity that they must have based on Amazon’s own projections of this at what the world should have been like.”

In addition to these fan complaints and others, the show’s executive producer, Lindsey Weber, told Vanity Fair, “It felt natural to us that an adaptation of Tolkien’s work reflect what the world is really like. .”

She added, “Tolkien is for everyone. His stories are about his fictional races doing their best when they leave the isolation of their own cultures and come together.

Thusitha Jayasundera Lenny Henry as Sadoc Burrows and Sara Zwangobani as Marigold Brandyfoot in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power from Prime Video

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Several actors on the show have also expressed this same view for the show. Sophia Nomvete, who plays Princess Disa, told PA Media: “We are restoring the balance within the film and television industry, television and of course this franchise and I hope many franchises are moving forward.”

She added: “It’s their moment and it’s so important and I hope a lot of people will see this fantasy and can relate to it. It’s a reflection of the world we live in, there are a lot and we are different and we will embrace and discover, withdraw, learn, educate and be educated.

Sophia Nomvete as Princess Disa and Owain Arthur as Prince Durin IV The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Ismael Cruz Córdova, who plays the original character of Arondir, expressed a similar sentiment saying, “The awareness of [diversity with Tolkien’s original source material] grew… the cinematic world created by Peter Jackson has immense value, but we have since changed our focus.

He continued, “The conversation is different right now, but going back to the source material, the world is diverse, not just in race but also in thought.”

“It’s a diverse mix, and now we’re just adding people from diverse backgrounds,” Córdova added.

Nazanin Boniadi as Bronwyn, Ismael Cruz Cordova as Arondir and Tyroe Muhafidin as Theo in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Cynthia Addai-Robinson, who plays Míriel, also said: “This cast is truly global… everyone kind of has their frame of reference in terms of culture, heritage, what it means to them, their language .”

“Part of the story we’re trying to tell is that you have people of different races coming together to defeat a common enemy,” she explained. “You try to see this through a modern lens and the world is global and people now expect to see this kind of world represented globally.”

Maxim Baldry as Isildur and Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Queen Regent Míriel in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power from Prime Video

Rings of Power director Wayne Che Yip also explained to Entertainment Weekly, “Tonally, we wanted to [Rings of Power] reflect [Tolkien’s] main points of the story of friendship and good and evil. One idea is: how far in the dark are you willing to go to do the right thing? »

This idea was echoed by showrunner JD Payne during the San Diego Comic-Con panel in Hall H. He said, “It’s a human story. We want you to take a step back from the bigger world and just imagine your home, imagine your family, imagine your job, imagine your cosplay costume, the things that matter most to you. And then suddenly imagine everything that is about to be removed. Everything is threatened.

“How far would you go in the dark to protect the things you care about the most?” That’s at the heart of what this story is about,” he said.

Tolkien rejected the idea that the end justifies the means.

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Despite this, the showrunner Patrick McKay told Total Film, “This was one of Tolkien’s debating points with CS Lewis, his friend and colleague. It was very important that what he was creating was not an allegory. He did not comment on historical events of his time or any other time.

“He wasn’t trying to convey a message that spoke to contemporary politics. He wanted to create a myth that was timeless and would be applicable – that was his word, ‘applicable’ – applicability across time,” McKay continued.

Trystan Gravell as Pharazôn and Ema Horvath as Eärien in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

He explained, “Every choice we’ve made at every turn of making this show has been to be true to that aspiration, because that’s what we want as viewers. We don’t want to adapt the material in a way that might seem dated. We aspire to be timeless.

“That’s why these books still resonate so much with people, because so much of what they contain hasn’t aged a day. And we aspire to do the same,” he said. said, “And I think we think once people see the show and see what the stories and the characters and the worlds are in context, they’ll feel the same way.”

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While it’s good to see McKay honoring and respecting Tolkien, that seems to be it. It’s just lip service.

Previous statements from the cast and executive producer directly contradict these comments. The actual footage and images used to promote the series also contradict these claims, as he made Galadriel a warrior and a general on the battlefield and turned Míriel into a queen regent, a position neither of these characters has. in the works of Tolkien.

In fact, the cast also contradicts it. If you just want the show to be timeless, why the focus on the “diverse” cast that is part of the modern identity politics movement? Why would you change characters through casting if not to push that political message?

Source: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

While McKay can spout all the platitudes he likes, the actual work paints a very different picture and I think McKay should take Tolkien’s advice when he wrote to Forrest J. Ackerman in June 1958: “I would ask them to make an effort of the imagination sufficient to understand the irritation (and sometimes the resentment) of an author, who finds, more and more as he goes on, his work treated as it would seem generally carelessly, by places recklessly, and without any obvious sign of appreciation for what it’s all about.

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