‘Lord of the Rings’: Fans upset as Amazon series hires intimacy coordinator

Lord of the Rings

The massive TV show production of Lord of the Rings is getting some unwanted backlash from Tolkien fans. They question the show’s move to hire an intimacy coordinator.

The work of an intimacy coordinator is to oversee physically sensitive scenes during filming to make the actors more comfortable. However, Lord of the Rings (LOTR) fans have grave concerns since JRR Tolkien, the creator of LOTR, was a very conservative-leaning author. Will the show be as graphic as Game of Thrones?

According to CBR, it’s highly unlikely that the Tolkien Estate, which is overseeing the production of the Amazon show, will sign off on such gratuitous intimate scenes in the series. The Tolkien Estate controls the legacy of Tolkien very carefully and established a lot of rules and restrictions for the adaptation.

To be clear, intimacy coordinators are also hired on the set for simple kissing scenes and partial physical exposures. This doesn’t necessarily imply that there will be gratuitous scenes that could go against the Tolkien Estate’s agreement with Amazon.

The production did hire New Zealand intimacy coordinator Jennifer Ward-Lealand. Prior to her hiring, there have been casting calls for actors who will be comfortable about sensitive physical exposures.

However, according to The One Ring, it’s not clear how the show will present sensitive content since no one outside of the production has read the scripts. Tolkien also didn’t subscribe to carnal scenes in his novels.

To attract Game of Thrones fans?

A discussion on Reddit cited that the Lord of the Rings series might be targeting fans of Game of Thrones. But one fan expressed disappointment since it would be good to watch a fantasy series without any awkwardness around children or the elderly.

Another fan pointed out that Lord of the Rings never ascribed to enticing scenes. Thus, it’s best to keep those out of the story and stay true to Tolkien’s work.


Show details, plot, cast and release date

J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay developed the Lord of the Rings series for Amazon Prime, which will cover the Second Age in Middle Earth. The story will revolve around the events that took place before the trilogy of films released from 2001 to 2003.

The show stars Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Budge, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh and Morfydd Clark as Galadriel.

Lord of the Rings is set to launch on Amazon Prime in 2021, while a second season has gotten a greenlight in 2019.


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