Saturday, April 9, 2011
I think it's interesting how Tolkien in some ways uses women to directly contrast the greatest evil. In LOTR, Eowyn destroys the Witch-King who is basically the essence of evil. In The Silmarillion, Melkor fears and hates Varda/Elbereth above all others. Although a lot of people complain about Tolkien's lack of female characters, I think he more than makes up for it in the way he portrays these women. Oftentimes, they do what the men cannot.