December 6, 2001
Eowyn: Gina T. is Right
Gina T. is correct that Eowyn is the true warrior-maiden of
the trilogy. It's a wonderful role for an aspiring actress, and should be the leading role
for a woman in the second and third movies.
Eowyn initially appears as a shy, dutiful maiden, masking her desperation at her own
condition and that of the King. She has been ensorcled by Wormtongue who lusts after her.
After she is spurned by Strider, she gives in to her despair and dresses in drag to ride
off to war. She "steals the show" in the third book by killing the Witchking.
She faints away, only to be rescued by the man who spurned her (Strider). At the end, she
falls in love with Faramir. They marry and live happily ever after. Wow!
The problem here, of course, is money. Someone has invested hundreds of millions into this
trilogy, and does not want the first movie to bomb for the almost total lack of females.
Remember the (great) movie "The Thirteenth Warrior"? No? That's because it was
all men. So Fellowship of the Ring needs a balancing romantic female presence, and Arwen
is the logical choice.
Having introduced Arwen in the first movie, she can't just be dumped from the second
movie, so have her show up at Helm's Deep with Elessar's standard. Take her to Edoras to
meet Eowyn. Perhaps Eowyn abandons hope of attracting Strider once she meets Arwen, or
perhaps Arwen's "elf-magic" helps Eowyn stay in her disguise as Dernhelm riding
off to war.
But, even with a greatly enhanced role for Arwen, there should still be room for Eowyn to
chew up the scenery and steal the show. Here's hoping.