One person on Twitter wrote: "If you accept dragons, orcs, trolls, elves, hobbits, a fiery demon, a malevolent giant eye, giant eagles, dwarves, a man who turns into a bear, and wizards, but not black characters, then the problem is your racism."
"Where does Tolkien say Black hobbits don't exist? Have you read LOTR? Or The Silmarillion? Or The Hobbit?" another added.
\u201c@darrengrimes_ Where does Tolkien say Black hobbits don't exist? Have you read LOTR? Or The Silmarillion? Or The Hobbit?\u201d
A third wrote: "Show me where Tolkien describes this character - who was 100% invented for the TV series - as 'not being Black'
"In fact, show me where he describes any of the hobbits as 'not being Black'
"Or any elves as 'not being Black'
"Or any character in any of his books."
\u201cShow me where Tolkien describes this character - who was 100% invented for the TV series - as "not being black"\n\nIn fact, show me where he describes any of the hobbits as "not being black".\n\nOr any elves as 'not being black"\n\nOr any character, in any of his books.\u201d
Someone else simply wrote: "Again, there is no source material that says hobbits and elves can't be Black.
"I wish you folk would realise how silly it is to care so much about the skin colour of fantasy creatures."
In a recent GQ interview, British comedian Sir Lenny Henry, who plays a Harfoot named Sadoc Burrows, spoke out about the racism in the series and condemned literature purists who have come against the increased diversity in fantasy franchises.
"They have no trouble believing in a dragon, but they do have trouble believing that a black person could be a member of the court. Or that a Black person could be a hobbit or an elf," Henry told the outlet.
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