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Women of sci fi #72: Arwen Undomiel

Arwen Undómiel Lord of The Rings film trilogy

Arwen (in the films) is brave and bold and intelligent. She rides a horse expertly, fights off looming horrors, out runs them and rescues small male hobbits. She is also breathtakngly beautiful with the most fabulous of dresses. She also loves with a quiet passion, one which is so strong she is willing to sacrifice her immortality for that love, to leave her family and protected life behind to have a life of love, even where there is the potential for hardship. She does not give up hope that her life can have a happy ending, and is willing to trade a shorter time in the world, for a life of true happiness and family. And swords! And frocks! And fabulous horse-riding!

I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.

4 responses to “Women of sci fi #72: Arwen Undomiel

  1. Elveray ⋅

    Arwen is cool in the films, much better than her book’s version, but… giving up immortality for being with a man? Not exactly a feminist idea! And not exactly a good thought to give to the readers/watchers. Well, she fights the Nazguls, rescues the Hobbits and tells her father to go to hell with elven traditions by staying in the Middle-Earth, but in the end it all comes down to the idea of a woman sacrificing her immortality (or freedom, or career, or magic abilities, or whatever is important to a person) for a man. I think she shouldn’t be in the list of The Best Sci-fi & Fantasy Women after all.

  2. Jamila G

    I think she is awesome any way. she have my idea of how a women should be. way should we be weak ?
    we can also be intelligent, bold and forward.
    that dont mean we give up or feminin side.
    and what is so wrong about give you self to a man that way.
    and its just a fantasy. nobody is immortal in this world. (dunya)

    • Elveray ⋅

      Immortality is just an example. The idea is that women are expected to sacrifice something important for the sake of their relationship with men. In fantasy it’s immortality or magic abilities, in real life it’s usually career and personal achievement. The men, on the other hand, do not sacrifice anything, they only get the benefits of the relationship. And this is wrong.

      • Melissa

        You could argue though that she is striking out against the restrictions of her father – a male authority figure – in order to make her own choices though – forging her own way and doing what she wants to do rather than having the men in her life dictate her choices to her.

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