I’ve noticed a common theme in Lord of the Rings genderswaps that I’d like to address, and that theme is thus: please stop casting super young/child actresses as Hobbits. Hobbits may be short, but all four of the Hobbits of the Fellowship were adult Hobbits. Frodo was over 50 years old; he was good and mature, for a Hobbit. THE ACTUAL CAST MEMBERS ARE ADULT MEN. GENDERSWAP THUSLY.
Galadriel | as portrayed by Jude Law
“And now at last it comes. You will give me the Ring freely! In place of the Dark Lord you will set up a Queen. And I shall not be dark, but beautiful and terrible as the Morning and the Night! Fair as the Sea and the Sun and the Snow upon the Mountain! Dreadful as the Storm and the Lightning! Stronger than the foundations of the earth. All shall love me and despair!”
Elrond Peredhil | as portrayed by Olivia Williams
“The road must be trod, but it will be very hard. And neither strength nor wisdom will carry us far upon it. This quest may be attempted by the weak with as much hope as the strong. Yet such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.”
Samwise Gamgee | as portrayed by Carey Mulligan
It was Sam’s first view of a battle of Men against Men, and he did not like it much. He was glad that he could not see the dead face. He wondered what the man’s name was and where he came from; and if he was really evil of heart, or what lies or threats had led him on the long march from his home; and if he would not really rather have stayed there in peace.
Meriadoc Brandybuck | as portrayed by Keri Russell
“You can trust us to stick to you through thick and thin - to the bitter end. And you can trust us to keep any secret of yours - closer than you keep it yourself. But you cannot trust us to let you face trouble alone, and go off without a word. We are your friends, Frodo.”
Legolas Greenleaf | as portrayed by Portia de Rossi
“I should dearly love to journey in Fangorn’s wood. I have made a bargain with my friend that, if all goes well, we will visit Fangorn together – by your leave…”
“Any Elf that comes with you will be welcome,” said Treebeard.
“The friend I speak of is not an Elf. I mean Gimli.”
“Hoom! This is a strange friendship!”