Tolkien’s tales were always about much more than precious jewellery or hordes of gold. His Lord of the Rings stories set in Middle-earth explored good and evil, friendship, fear, loyalty, courage and community.
In the overwhelmingly beautiful and ambitious new adaptation, Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, the story goes much deeper than it seems on the surface.
Sophia Nomvete plays Princess Disa, the first female, and first black dwarf seen in the Lord of the Rings world.
“What’s so great about the show is that every single audience member, no matter their background, or knowledge of Tolkien, or the movies, will be able to take something from this,” she tells The Big Issue.
“The overarching story is about the sleeping and waiting of an everlasting evil, that I think follows around the world always. And what it looks like when different races and cultures around the world experience an evil and how we handle that and deal with that.
“And, of course, looking to friendships and love and greed and power – just navigating a world through the lens of Tolkien’s endless fantasy.”