Amazon’s Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power collection has added a handful of name new characters to Tolkien’s world in a bid to broaden the narrative. Despite many complaints from zealous Tolkien followers that it isn’t “true” to his world, many have embraced these new characters such because the dwarf princess, Disa, and the human Southlander, Bronwyn. The actress for the latter has spoken out lately about what a thrill it has been to tackle the character.
Played by Nazanin Boniadi, Bronwyn is inspirational in her bravery within the face of evil. Talking to The Wrap, Boniadi mentioned the influence the function has had on her, saying, “I truly felt exhilarated playing Bronwyn,” and it isn’t laborious to see why.
When we first met Bronwyn we already discovered a girl who was a healer, a single mom to Theo (Tyroe Muhafidin), and engaged in a considerably “are they are they not” forbidden relationship with the elf Arondir (Ismael Cruz Córdova). The character then fearlessly examines a possible disturbance not too distant with stated elf, and, upon discovering destruction, takes it upon herself to tell the city, who merely ignore her warnings. It isn’t till she unceremoniously dumps the pinnacle of an orc that she killed in her own residence on the tavern counter that individuals resolve they need to do as she says. Without a authentic ruler amongst them, Bronwyn takes up the mantle, encouraging her neighborhood to face and combat, unafraid to bodily throw herself into the melee.
Boniadi expresses how the characters dedication to overthrow their oppressors is one thing that she connects with on a private degree,
“There’s a couple of scenes that really resonate deeply with me – one of them was one of my audition scenes, which is a speech. And it’s because I can relate to this woman who wants to liberate her people. It connects so deeply with me on a personal level with my activism for my homeland, Iran.”
Boniadi was born in Iran and grew up in England. What Amazon couldn’t have predicted once they forged Boniadi on this function was the present protests Iran is witnessing country-wide that have been sparked after a 22-year-old girl, Mahsa Amini, suspiciously died after the nation’s morality police took her to a detention facility after accusing her of incorrectly carrying her hijab. (It must be recognized that Boniadi made these statements earlier than the present state of affairs in Iran developed.)
“I remember channeling that as if I was talking to my compatriots – the Iranian people. I’m like, ‘Let’s do this,’ and it just felt very much connected to my core essence. And there’s nothing quite like bringing to screen something that strikes you deep down and resonates with you on such a deep, human level. And then, of course, I love that she goes from being sort of this motivational figure in speaking to people to getting down and dirty and actually using the physical prowess to get done, whatever it takes.”
The actress discusses how excited she was when she heard in regards to the function and the way the character would develop.
“The promise of Bronwyn was really exciting. I was very keen to play this character that they told me would do incredible things, and that she wasn’t one dimensional. … She was multifaceted, and she had agency and that she was a healer, yes, and she was also a single mother to a rebellious teenage son, and had a forbidden romance with an elf and all those things. But .. the thing that was a pleasant surprise to me that was hinted at from the beginning – was her inner strength, the unlikely leader, the person who is nurturing on the one hand, but bold on the other, and that those things could coexist in a woman on screen, because we know that that exists in women in real life.”
Though there have been many valiant girls in Tolkien’s work, they’re largely centered round male characters and friendships, even Peter Jackson needed to shoehorn within the feminine elf Tauriel in The Hobbit and add further scenes for Arwen in Lord of the Rings to make it really feel a tad extra balanced. It’s refreshing then to see so many sturdy feminine characters, rulers, and leaders then in Amazon’s Rings of Power collection, which is doing its finest to diversify Tolkien’s work, whatever the naysayers.
Warning: spoilers forward
The phenomenal sixth episode of the collection noticed Bronwyn at her best, combating alongside her folks towards the assault of the orcs, and thru that battle was received due to the just-in-time arrival of the Númenóreans, Bronwyn’s acts of heroism have been commendable. The shock twist on the ending although has left her and the city’s destiny up within the air after the volcano that may turn out to be Mt. Doom erupted sending fiery rocks plummeting down and an enormous pyroclast engulfing the city. She is one powerful girl although and in some way, we expect she’s going to survive.
Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is at the moment accessible to observe on Amazon Prime.