The LOTR Movie Site
July 14, 2000
More on Arwen
The Arwen character is being expanded to fill a
perceived "void" in the story: the absence of any woman in the first two
books/movies, other than cameos by Arwen, Galadriel, Eowyn and assorted hobbits at
the birthday party.
The only major role for a woman in the
books/movies is Eowyn. It's a great part, but it doesn't really show up until the
Just try marketing not one but two movies with no
major female characters.
Want an example? The Thirteenth Warrior
starring Antonio Banderas and a bunch of virile, attractive guys was a great movie which
bombed at the box office.
So presumably, the nervous producers decided to
put a major role for a woman in the first two movies. Just one, mind you.
(Count your blessings: Pippin and Merry could have been transformed into girls.)
Arwen is the best candidate since she can be
written into the movies without doing too much damage to the story. In the first
movie, she could replace Glorfindel, and find the guys as they approach Rivendell.
She could be introduced in a surprise, romantic scene, in which Strider is recounting the
story of how Beren met Luthien when Arwen unexpectedly walks into camp and takes Strider's
hand, drawing the connection between her story and Luthien's.
In the second movie, Arwen could ride to Rohan
with the Dunedain, carrying the banner she made for Strider. She could be at Helm's
Deep, Isengard, and ride to Edoras, even meeting Eowyn (dashing Eowyn's hopes to snare
As long as Jackson doesn't expand her role too far
(i.e., no scenes of Arwen fighting or wearing leather outfits like Xena), it should be
Frankly, the major problem may be with the casting
of Arwen. The more I think about Liv Tyler, the less I think she is suited to the
role. She just isn't pretty enough. (Sorry, Liv.)