Morfydd Clark, who plays Galadriel in the upcoming The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power series, admitted the show is a perversion of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work. She then followed that up by telling critics to “shut the f*** up.”
Clark admitted the show is a perversion while speaking with Time Magazine telling the outlet, “I didn’t read the books and think, ‘I wish there were more female characters,’ because I just took it as given that that was the way things were.”
However, she added, “I’m standing on the shoulders of women who spilt metaphorical blood to get to this point. I hope young people, should they watch this, will think, ‘This is just the way things are.’”
Amazingly, Clark was right with her initial thought, the books are the way they are because that’s how Tolkien wrote them and that is the way things are in The Lord of the Rings.
In fact, Tolkien elaborated on his thought process about not including female orcs in a letter to Mrs. Munby. He wrote, “There must have been orc-women. But in stories that seldom if ever see the Orcs except as soldiers of armies in the service of the evil lords we naturally would not learn much about their lives. Not much was known.”
There are also significant female characters in Tolkien’s works including Clark’s own character, Galadriel. Others include Eowyn and Arwen. Maybe not as significant, but other female characters include Rosie Cotton, Ioreth, Lobelia Sackville-Baggins, Goldberry, Haleth, Idril Celebrindal, Aredhel, Lúthien, Yavanna, Melian, and Nienna.
Nevertheless, Clark now rejects this idea in favor of perverting and altering Tolkien’s work through Prime Video’s The Rings of Power. She clearly states, “I hope young people, should they watch this, will think, “This is just the way things are.'”
This will never be true no matter Clark and Prime Video’s efforts to destroy Tolkien’s works. His works, especially The Lord of the Rings, are some of the most read books of all time behind The Bible. A television show will not be able to change what he wrote and how it is despite Amazon’s attempt at doing so.
Not only did Clark admit the show is perverting Tolkien’s works, she also had some choice words to say to those criticizing her and Prime Video for doing what she’s admitting they are doing.
Clark posted to her Instagram Stories, “Anyone sending hate to my black cast mates, get off my page, get off the internet, and shut up.”
She then shared a short video of her castmate, Charles Edwards as Celebrimbor, making a hand motion that reveals the phrase, “Shut the f*** up.”
Clark would seemingly ask in a caption below the video, “Who made this?”
YouTuber Ryan Kinel reacted to Clark’s Instagram posts saying, “Now, what does that mean? Does that mean hate because they’re black or does it mean people criticizing the show? Does it mean people criticizing the characters? What exactly does that mean? Your guess is as good as mine.”
Then showing and commenting on the video of Edwards, Kinel says, “She did something else which I think does set up for what we’re going to see in the future. There you go. ‘Who made this?’ Shut the f*** up.’ You know the trailer that everybody was making fun of — I think there’s a message in there for Lord of the Rings fans.”
He elaborated, “A message, one, she thinks that there’s racists coming after the show. That the fans who don’t like this, they’re just a bunch of racists. They’re just haters out there. And of course, if you don’t agree with her this is probably the reaction you’re gonna start to see from people involved with Rings of Power.”
“It was only a matter of time,” he asserted.
What do you make of Morfydd Clark’s actions? Do you expect more of this from those involved with The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power?