Actor Lenny Henry (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Witcher: Blood Origin), who will play Harfoot Sadoc Burrows in the upcoming Prime Video series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power says people of color will take “up space in the center of [the] fantasy series.” Speaking with Empire Magazine, Henry talked about the power in that representation, and also shared some backstory about his character.
“If you can’t see it, you can’t be it,” he says. “Finally, in this show, kids are going to see people of color taking up space in the center of a fantasy series. We’re very visible in this world and that’s very exciting.”
Henry’s character Harfoot belongs to a “nomadic tribe, moving with the weather and the fertility of the crops… We have big caravans on wooden wheels and we’re very good at hiding things, because humans are much bigger than us and bring trouble.” Clarifying that while his tribe aren’t hobbits, they are “the traditional Tolkien little guy… Traditionally, the little people in this world provide comedy but also get to be incredibly brave. You’re going to see us run the full gamut of emotions and actions in this adventure.”