Heroines and the men they love (alas)

“And she was lucky to get her man at all. Often women who stray from more traditional female territory have a tough time romantically. Jo in Little Women, everyone’s favourite tomboy, does not marry Laurie; her beautiful, spiteful little sister does. Scarlett O’Hara – no tomboy, but a woman who will stop at nothing to get what she wants – ends up without Rhett Butler. But the most egregious example comes in Lord of the Rings (bear with me). In the climactic pages, when every man on the battlefield flees before the Lord of Nazgûl, Éowyn (her identity hidden behind her armour) stands her ground and kills him, saving the day. But does she get the man she loves? The man she’s fighting for? Does she, hell. He – Aragorn – falls instead for a wispy, floaty elf called Arwen whose entire contribution to the war effort was sewing a banner.emphasis mine
Where are all the daring women’s heroines?, Guardian Book Blog, March 8, 2011

You know, I was just watching ROTK, thinking the same thing, and I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels this way.

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