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Oct 18 2019, 6:38pm

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The video says that they want people around 4'6 from the Eurasians. Indeed, I doubt people that tiny would have caused Gondor as much trouble as they did. I think Druedain is more likely. Or perhaps they will have Southeast Asians playing both, who knows.

She definitely did say small Eurasians at one point, but I think they might be a subset of the wider Eurasian population they are seeking (others would be normal height?).

Also, if they are scale-doubles - normal-sized people would look smaller to a Númenórean.

Drúedain is a possibility though - we aren't given skin colour for them by Tolkien, so they could really be caucasian or dark-skinned or anything. If my memory recalls, Jackson had at one point decided to use a Maori actor for Ghan-buri-ghan but then omitted the character entirely (perhaps due to justified and understandable sensitivities around the 'noble savage' thing).

Second Age Drúedain would be more viable, I think, in that the ones in Númenor would be integrated within Númenórean society (Aldarion's household is described as containing Drúedain), which would avoid the tropes of them being 'native' wild men of the woods (as they are later reduced to again under persecution from their former compatriots once the imperialist era sets in, leading them to flee to Ras Morthil).

(This post was edited by Althoun on Oct 18 2019, 6:40pm)

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