||The LOTR Movie Site
February 23, 2001
Greetings, Edmund C.
If you got the feeling I was insinuating that you were a feminist, I apologize. I try to
keep my post as brief as possible, in the hopes that people might actually read it, so I
don't get to put in all the arguments and disclaimers I'd like! :) All I meant with that
last paragraph was this: Many people, myself included at one time, are so inundated with
that viewpoint from TV, books, conversations, etc., that alot of times we're subtly
influenced by it without thinking. Then we react out of habit, because it's supposed to be
what "everyone else" thinks.
Also, I didn't mean that Eowyn literally wanted to BE a man. Rather, battle (ie. acting
like one) was how she sought to be freed from her hellish existence. What I think Tolkien
was trying to say was that stepping across those lines, being something she wasn't, was
not, and could never be, the answer to her troubles.
After reading your post (as tired as I am), I don't think that our viewpoints are mutually
exclusive. In fact, they could be complementary. Wormtongue's bewitchment (though I
honestly don't remember actual magic being involved, just slick language), was what put
her into her predicament. She tried to answer it in the wrong way, which frustrated her
further. Faramir managed to rescue her from both.
What think ye?