|Eowyn, Shieldmaiden of Rohan|
The age old complaint has reared its head again.
"Why didn't Tolkien write women in his stories?"
"Why aren't there any women in 'The Hobbit'?"
"Why does Tolkien's world lack women characters?"
Here's my answer.
Tolkien wrote Arwen, the elven princess who Aragorn loved so much his heart nearly broke over her, and who gave up her immortality to be with the man she loved. This meant living several thousand years after Aragorn died; using up every one of her years lived as an immortal.
Tolkien created Galadriel, the elven queen, whose beauty was so unimaginable that Gimli the dwarf begged of her a lock of golden hair. She gave Frodo the Light of Earendil to protect and guide him. She is the most powerful and beloved member of the White Council.
And finally, the beloved Eowyn, princess of Rohan, shieldmaiden who knows how to wield a sword in defense of those she loves. Eowyn, who disguised herself as a man so she could follow her uncle, Theoden King, into combat when they defended Minis Tirith in Gondor against the armies of Mordor.
How can you say there are no women in Tolkien's world?
If anything, Peter Jackson enhanced all of the female roles in Tolkien's world. Galadriel is in The Hobbit, a place she has never before been, and will undoubtedly fight against the Necromancer before the end of the series. Arwen, who had only a brief mention in Tolkien's books, rides to the rescue and carries Frodo on her horse Asfaloth to safety when Frodo cannot protect himself. And Eowyn, she is more magnificent than I ever imagined possible, so cool and beautiful and fierce.
Do not tell me that there are no women in Tolkien's world. If anything, they outshine the men because they are not haphazardly tossed into the story, but each one has a glorious purpose of light.
Written in response to the following article:
Why Does Tolkien's World lack Women Characters