The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is Amazon’s upcoming Legendarium-based streaming series that will bring us back to the Second Age of Middle-earth, years before the events of The Lord of the Rings. The Second Age is an extremely interesting period with a lot of events and a lot of characters, most of which are unknown to the casual fan. One such character is the mysterious healer known as Bronwyn.
Bronwyn is a single mother born in Tirharad, and primarily acted as the village’s healer. At some point, she fell in love with the Silvan Elf Arondir, another non-canon character. The most important thing you need to know about her is that she is a non-canon character created specifically for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
The article is going to give you all the available and unavailable information on Bronwyn. Bronwyn is set to appear in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, and while we still don’t know how big her role is going to be in the series, we do know that she is certainly deserving of an article. That is why you’ll be able to find everything you need to know about her in this article.
Who is Bronwyn in The Lord of the Rings?
As for Bronwyn and her role, she is a single mother hailing from Tirharad, and was that village’s healer. At some point she fell in love with the Silvan Elf Arondir. The most important thing you need to know about her is that she is a non-canon character created specifically for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. This is, sadly, everything we know about her as of now, and she will certainly have a larger biography once the show kicks in.
The fact is that there is no similar character to Bronwyn that we could find in Tolkien’s works. Maybe, once things start shaping up, Bronwyn will be more similar to one of Tolkien’s characters but so far, she is really a big mystery, as well as her relationship with Arondir, who is also a non-canon character that doesn’t have anyone we could compare him to in Tolkien’s canon.
Who is playing Bronwyn in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power?
Bronwyn is played by Nazanin Boniadi in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Nazanin was born in Tehran in the midst of the Islamic Revolution. Her parents moved to London when she was a child. During her childhood, she played the violin and danced ballet. She studied at a private school and then moved to the United States.
There she graduated, with honors, in Biological Sciences from the University of California at Irvine. At UCI, she won the Pin-Chun Chang Undergraduate Research Award for molecular research based on the theme of cancer treatment and possible solutions against heart transplant rejection. She was also assistant editor-in-chief of MedTimes, UCI’s undergraduate medical journal. She switched her career from medicine and began trying acting in 2006.
Her first major acting role was as Leyla Mir on the Emmy Award-winning daytime series General Hospital and its spin-off series General Hospital: Night Shift, becoming the first actress in signing a contract to play a Middle Eastern character in American daytime television history. She is also the first Iranian-born actress to sign a contract in an American soap opera.
She was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series in 2008 for her role in General Hospital. Boniadi has also played supporting roles in several major Hollywood motion pictures including Charlie Wilson’s War (directed by Mike Nichols), Iron Man (directed by Jon Favreau), and The Next Three Days (directed by Paul Haggis). She played Nora, a crush of Neil Patrick Harris’ character Barney Stinson, on the sixth season of the hit CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. She reprised this role during the show’s seventh and ninth seasons.
In May 2013, Boniadi joined the cast of Season 3’s Homeland as CIA analyst Fara Sherazi. She was promoted to series regular in the fourth season. Boniadi also appeared in an eight-episode arc of Scandal season 3 as the antagonist Adnan Salif. She also played the role of Esther in the 2016 remake of Ben-Hur.
Boniadi is a spokesperson for Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), with a focus on the conviction and treatment of Iranian youth, women, and prisoners of conscience. She has her own page on the official Amnesty International USA blog and has written op-eds for media outlets including CNN and The Huffington Post. Boniadi provided a voiceover in “Power of Words”, an AIUSA public service announcement with another AIUSA collaborator: Morgan Freeman, an ad that won a Webby Award.
She campaigned with the organization for International Violence Women Act (I-VAWA). She has served as a panelist for Iran rights-related events, and spearheaded the Neda project with AIUSA in May/June 2010. In December 2010, she started an Amnesty International petition for Iranian film directors Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof, who had been found guilty of “propaganda against the state”.
The petition was also signed by prominent Hollywood directors and industry leaders such as Paul Haggis, Martin Scorsese, Sean Penn, Harvey Weinstein, Ron Howard, and others, generating more than 21,000 signatures.
Boniadi received the 2011 Social Cinema Award at the Ischia Global Film and Music Festival for her human rights work with Amnesty International. On April 9, 2012, Boniadi returned to her alma mater, the University of California, Irvine, in support of the Education Under Fire campaign, calling for an end to discrimination and persecution of Bahá’ís in Iran.
What will Bronwyn’s role in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power be?
This aspect is still unknown because the show is only just set for a September 2022 premiere, which is still some months away. Now, she will not be connected to the original novels since she does not appear in them, but whether the producers plan to give her a larger role or not is still unknown. This is why we cannot speculate as to how large her role is going to be in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power streaming series, at least not yet.