Original LOTR cast supports Rings of Power amid racist attacks

Frodo, Sam, Pippin and Merry also know how to fight internet trolls.

Original cast of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy came to the aid of several ‘Rings of Power’ actors on Wednesday after they were the target of racist attacks.

The Shire’s four elite – Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan – have taken to social media to express their support for casting the Amazon Prime Video spinoff.

For the first time since their trip to Mordor, Wood, Boyd and Monaghan come together posted a photo of herself wearing a fan shirt with human, hobbit and elf ears of different skin tones.

Also on the shirt is the mantra “You’re All Welcome Here” written in Elvish.

Astin, who was not in the photo, shared a Twitter picture of himself wearing a hat with the same legend.

“You’re all welcome here,” 41-year-old Wood captioned his photo.

The Lord of the Rings show too released a statement to racist attacks.

"Rings of Power" has issued a statement denouncing the racist attacks on its performers.
The Rings of Power series has issued a statement denouncing the racist attacks on its cast.
The Lord of the Rings on Prime

“We, the cast of Rings of Power, stand together in absolute solidarity and against the unrelenting racism, threats, harassment and abuse some of our castmates of color face on a daily basis,” the statement read.

“We refuse to ignore or tolerate it.”

The statement went on to say that Rings author JRR Tolkien created a world where people of different races and cultures existed, along with the hashtag #youarewelcomehere.

Elijah Wood (centre), Billy Boyd (right) and Dominic Monaghan (left) shared a photo of themselves wearing a t-shirt that read "you are welcome here"
Elijah Wood (centre), Billy Boyd (right) and Dominic Monaghan shared a photo of themselves wearing a t-shirt that read “You are welcome here” in Elvish.
Twitter/Elia Wood

“From Middle-earth to a galaxy far, far away… #YouAreAllWelcomeHere,” the official Star Wars account answered on twitter.

Rings of Power isn’t the only show to face racial backlash over cast diversity.

In June, “Obi-Wan Kenobi” actress Moses Ingram was also subjected to racist trolls for her role as Reva.

Earlier this month, House of the Dragon star Steve Toussaint was told his cast in the Game of Thrones spinoff didn’t match the book’s description of his character, Lord Velaryon.

Several celebs, including Whoopi Goldberg, have spoken out against the backlash.

“All of you in trouble because there are black hobbits? Get a job!” said the 66-year-old The View host.

“Get a job! Go find yourself because you’re focusing on the wrong things.”

https://nypost.com/2022/09/08/original-lotr-cast-supports-rings-of-power-amid-racist-attacks/ Original LOTR cast supports Rings of Power amid racist attacks

Emma Bowman

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