Regardless of its flaws (Tolkien fans have told me there are many) this show really highlights how ridiculous it was for Peter Jackson and co to present an almost all-white Middle Earth in their movies. It bugs me more and more, especially when you learn about the deliberately exclusive, incredibly infuriating casting policy. And if you look at Rings of Power as being a deliberate prequel to the movies rather than much to do with the books, what we’ve unfortunately got now is an on-camera fantasy world where everyone gets lighter and society gets less diverse the further into the future one gets.
…Which you’d think would make the racist crowd like it more. Go figure.