Powerful female characters are not few and distant in Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Legendary elf Galadriel, dwarven Princess Disa, and human healer Bronwyn, played by Morfydd Clark, Sophia Nomvete, and Nazanin Boniadi, respectively, are among the women of The Lord of the Rings prequel.
They think it’s very Tolkien, and it’s relevant, Boniadi told Parade.com of portraying a strong female in the epic drama. They don’t think it’s unusual in this context, outside of the fact that these characters have agency.
The unusual comes from the industry, and women are not being portrayed on screen with full agency across the board, and it’s not just fantasy that happens in. Strong characters belong in this world. Strong women belong in this world.
Their entwined destinies are two of the stories woven together for a TV series that could become a global phenomenon. If it falls, it could become an admonishing tale for anyone who delved too greedily and deeply to quote J.R.R. Tolkien.
The dwarves have Sophia Nomvete as Disa; they have Cynthia Addai-Robinson and the Númenóreans. You have got me in the Southlands. Of course, Morfydd is the lead. And Markella Kavenagh and Megan Richards in the Harfoot world. It’s across the board, and we have agency.
We are not serving a male storyline. We exist in our own right, refreshing across the board in the industry. Strong female characters also make the series accessible.
There are various powers. There’s a different narrative that we have created, and I think that complements a world of predominantly male that we have seen before.
She explained it was interesting for me to play an elf because she’s stronger than all the mortal men around her. And that was something I did have to use a lot of my imagination to get to it. She’s powerful in a way, in a physical way, that I haven’t necessarily felt.
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She said, “They are girls or boys and should have a big variation of characters and people they can aspire to be inspired by; I think not just the female characters in this, but there’s a huge diversity of personality and hopes, dreams, and ambitions in this story.”