The Rings of Power: Screenwriters Respond to Sexist Criticisms of Galadriel

Galadriel em Os Anéis de Poder

Galadriel, the elf warrior of The Rings of Power, was the target of sexist criticism from some fans of the series, who allege a certain “masculinization” of the character. Screenwriters JD Payne and Patrick McKay spoke out against these comments.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Payne said that the character in the series is in line with the characteristics of the original story, written by JRR Tolkien.

Galadriel in The Rings of PowerSource: Prime Video

“I’d love to see where it says Galadriel never went to Númenor – that doesn’t exist. Second, one of her nicknames is ‘Nerwen’, which means ‘maiden man’. And third, she doesn’t act masculine,” says the director.

Patrick McKay also came out against the criticism, reinforcing Payne’s statement. “The name ‘Galadriel’ is loosely translated into Elvish as a maiden with a crown of golden hair,” says McKay.

He completes his explanation by saying that “the reason she had a crown of golden hair is because when she struggled, she would braid her hair and put it on top of her head. [para ficar fora do caminho]. So in the etymology is the idea that Galadriel is a warrior.”

Galadriel in The Lord of the RingsGaladriel in The Lord of the RingsSource: HBO

in the trilogy of Lord of the Ringsthe elf is interpreted by Cate Blanchett and represented as a being of great beauty, intelligence and piety, but also of determination and courage.

Already in The Rings of Powerwhich takes place in an era long before the events of the films, Galadriel is still in the process of self-discovery and personal development.

The series premiered on September 1 of that year, exclusively for Amazon Prime Video.