The LOTR Movie Site
November 20, 2000

Re: Arwen in Company
John L.

I believe that if Tolkien didn't put Arwen in the company then she shouldn't be there, however as to women in martial situations, their smaller physical build affords them greater speed and flexibility than their male counterparts. By using a lighter sword and utilizing greater speed would a woman not pose a threat to a muscle-bound giant with an overly heavy sword.

Ps. I know it was quite a while back, but someone asked about Balrog's & wings. I'm a bit rusty but if my memory is correct, then Melkor did make Balrog's with wings. However because he lacked the true power of creation, he was unable to make them work. Off memory this is stated somewhere in the Silmarillian, I think.