Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power star Sophia Nomvete reveals why Disa, a dwarf, doesn’t have a full beard in Amazon’s adaptation.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Star Sophia Nomvete reveals why Disa doesn’t have a beard in Amazon’s Prime Video adaptation. Premiering September 1 on Prime Video, power rings reintroduces audiences to the vast world of Middle-earth in the Second Age, thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. The new series is from showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay, who developed rings of power from the fantasy novel and appendices by JRR Tolkien.


Although Amazon’s adaptation features a huge ensemble cast, power rings is led primarily by Morfydd Clark as Galadriel and Robert Aramayo as Elrond, two well-known elven characters from Peter Jackson’s films. Returning to Middle-earth thousands of years ago, rings of power features many new Harfoots, Humans and Dwarves. One of the stars so far has been Disa, the wife of Durin IV and the singing princess of Khazad-dûm introduced in Episode 2. However, Middle-earth’s first dwarf woman did not come. without controversy and without questions about the portrayal of the character.

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During an interview with Total movie (Going through Game radars), Nomvete answered a question about each the Lord of the Rings Fan Minds: Where’s Disa’s Beard? power rings The star reveals that full beards were discussed as a possibility for the dwarfs on the show, although they ultimately opted for sleeker facial hair. Read what Nomvete shared below:

The conversation was brilliantly collaborative. The production team: they always talked about it, and we always talked about it. We were building this character from scratch. There were all sorts of lengths discussed with the beard, and brilliantly we decided to go with this beautiful, beautiful take on facial hair for Disa’s version. And then her look – there was actually an early draft of her costume, which was a lot heavier, and a little more rocky and rocky and heavier. And then, suddenly, a couple from the creative team had this wonderful idea: “How about we celebrate Disa’s passion and sexuality, and how deadpan she is about feeling, loving, being, of his body and his strength? And for all that I am, and all that the world does and doesn’t see enough filmically, I was so happy and proud and excited to be celebrated.

The expectation among the fans that rings of powerfemale dwarfs are said to have beards stems from a famous interaction of The two towers film adaptation when Gimli states that female dwarves are often mistaken for males due to their similar appearances, to which Aragon interjects, “It is the beard.” Tolkien never explicitly said that dwarfs wore beards, although he wrote in the the Lord of the Rings appendages that the two sexes resemble each other so much that “other peoples cannot tell them apart“, which would imply that dwarven women have beards, like all men.

At the end of the day, rings of power chose not to give his female dwarfs full beards and, in Disa’s case, opted for sideburns and a scattering of facial down around her jawline. While many dispute ring of powerdeviate from its source material and resorted to bombardment of critics, in this case the series manages to pay homage to Tolkien’s work while retaining the creative freedom to make certain adjustments as they see fit. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power continues with new episodes on Prime Video every Friday.

Source: Total Film (via Game radars)