June 7, 2001
Re: The Women of the...
To start off, I could not agree with you more. Arwen indeed
lved with Galadriel for a LONG time, so I always imagined Arwen to possess at least some
of the many attributes I admire in Galadriel. I don't think that anyone with a solid
backing in Tolkien could stand for some of the things it is rumored Arwen does in the
movies. A female elf with a sword? I think Tolkien would roll over in his grave! There are
plenty of ways to show Arwen's strength of character other than giving her a sword so she
can have at the Witch King! That would take away tremendously from Eowyn's
heroic(heroineic?) stand above her fallen uncle at the Battle of Pelennor Fields. One of
my favorite parts in the entire book is the passage "It seems that Dernhelm laughed,
and the clear voice was like the ring of steel. 'But no man am I! You look upon a woman.
Eowyn I am , Eomund's daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you
be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him'"