Not women with names and speaking parts, anyway. How else to explain the fact that when the screenwriters of The Lord of the Rings decided to (clumsily) expand Arwen’s role from the books, they had her wander on screen, put a sword to her boyfriend’s throat and boast about how she’d sneaked up on him? If the King of Doriath fears a friendship between Haleth and those who have devoured her kin, then the thoughts of the Eldar are strange to Men.' I liked that you included art. Witcher is also known for its cast of well-rounded female characters. His views seem to me a little antiquated even for his period: consider how many women appear in Sherlock Holmes mysteries, for example. You're given the option to help Tomira when she tends to a younger woman named Lena who was seriously injured. It was therefore a death sentence, and against Melian's counsel. They are very simple things, even more fundamental than “agency”. I’m sure someone will claim here that this would have been simply impossible, because everyone knows there weren’t any women in World War Two, so, firstly – oh, PLEASE. As someone who spends a fair amount of time complaining on the internet that there aren’t enough female heroes out there, this may seem a strange and out of character thing to say. But it’s within this claustrophobic little box that we expect our heroines to live out their lives. Sherlock Holmes gets to be brilliant, solitary, abrasive, Bohemian, whimsical, brave, sad, manipulative, neurotic, vain, untidy, fastidious, artistic, courteous, rude, a polymath genius. And besides heroines, I want to see women in as many and varied secondary and character roles as men: female sidekicks, mentors, comic relief, rivals, villains. As a descendant of Lara Dorren, Ciri has elder blood flowing through her veins, giving her immense magical power that allows her to do things like traveling through space and time. Yavanna bearing the Sun-flower from one of the two dying Trees of Light. I love it when Angel asks Buffy what’s left when he takes away her weapons and her friends and she grabs his sword between her palms and says “Me”. And of course, I love all sorts of female characters who exhibit great resilience and courage. Corinne is another character that fans warmed up to and wanted to romance, but unfortunately could not. The Witcher is a great franchise for powerful female characters - and these are the best of the best. It's that kind of foresight needed in a good leader. E. Brundige (author) from The Shire on December 02, 2012: I say "raised in the Victorian age," but actually, Queen Victoria died when Tolkien was 9. (Something sorely lacking in the films, which apart from the girls tossing flowers to Faramir's company barely gave us a glimpse of the worthy and enduring city folk whom our heroes were fighting to defend. Melian was a Maia, the same kind of immortal being as Gandalf, a semi-divine species akin to angels. (The Silmarils, also, preserved a remnant of the Light of the Trees. I'm skipping Galadriel, Éowyn, and Arwen, whom you know, and concentrating on other, less well-known characters. I'll be going with a couple friends in a few days. “Of course I’m strong, I’m an idealised power fantasy, but the most interesting thing about me is that, on the inside, I’m a dorky little artist,” says Captain America sadly, sucking his stomach in. He’s a brilliant, solitary, abrasive, Bohemian, whimsical, brave, sad, manipulative, neurotic, vain, untidy, fastidious, artistic, courteous, rude, polymath genius. The characters which opened doors at different part of my life didn’t necessarily do the same thing for you. Considering Jutta an Dimun is also known as the "Iron Maiden," it's not hard to see why she would be considered one of the strongest women in the franchise, especially in The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. She has a decent amount of screentime. Thingol relented when they returned, but their newlywed joy was short-lived. Trivia: The grave of Tolkien and his wife Edith bears the epithets "Beren" and "Lúthien.". The Strong Female Character has something to prove. Changing to a monospaced font, such as Courier, might help you spot ligatures, though, as the lack of spacing should make them stand out (or you could adjust the spacing between characters manually , which should have a similar effect). RELATED: The Witcher 3: 10 Worst Things Done By The Wild Hunt, Ranked. He has no strength, but he does have plenty of agency. She never has to be rescued or protected by Captain America or anyone else. Are our best-loved male heroes Strong Male Characters? Tomira is a minor character that you meet early in The Witcher 3 when you're still in White Orchard. Great topic to write about. Richard II, on the other hand, is not only not “strong”, he’s decidedly weak, both as a human being and a king. There are many versions of her story, but the most readable is The Children of Húrin. Where most mages are expected to serve as advisers to monarchs to influence politics, Sile instead devoted her time to research. I would like to see how my theory relates to the society of that time. The story of Idril and Tuor appears in brief in The Silmarillion and more fully in "The Fall of Gondolin" chapter of The Book of Lost Tales 2. The Witcher series has always had great characters populating its world. Have you seen the Tolkien "conspiracy theories" on the web? I adore how she gives everyone a piece of her mind. Viewed this way, his willingness to place himself in physical danger might not be “strength” at all – it might be another form of self-destructiveness. Tolkien's The Hobbit is justly infamous for having not one single female character, apart from a couple passing references to Bilbo's mum, Belladonna. So he wrote about men as the active movers and shakers. Even after having her eyes gouged out, she remains undeterred as powerful as ever. I recall that WK = Bombadil essay from years ago. Ioreth and a few other minor characters help us relate to and respect everyday Gondorians.). “Of course, normal women are weak and boring and can’t do anything worthwhile. E. Brundige (author) from The Shire on December 05, 2012: Le hannon! Unfortunately, when the Lodge fell, so did she. This suggests that there were strong women in that time period, and Professor Tolkien was very much aware of them. You can make a case for the punch, I guess – it’s wartime, she hasn’t got time to pussyfoot around with sexist idiots, she needs to establish her authority hard and fast – but it’s still escalating a verbal conflict to fairly serious physical violence within seconds, and it’s hard to imagine a male character we’re supposed to like being introduced in the same way. But I simply don’t think it’s true that the majority of writers or readers are reading the term that way. (It took Liv Tyler to realise later “you don’t have to put a sword in her hand to make her strong”). The Lone Ranger. Most importantly to the character’s success, she’s played by the superb Hayley Atwell. Much like Xena, the more that popular culture mucks about with the classical mythology we know well, the more opportunities we have to teach and share and untangle some of the confusions introduced by those, ahem, creative adaptations. William H Taylor from Binghamton NY on December 02, 2012: I am impressed with your work. Let's take a look at some of these strong women in the man's world of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings: This is not an exhaustive list. The majority of notable characters in the series are sorceresses and mages, but there are also women gifted with swords, healing, and more. The second scene, though, when considered without the haha-what-a-little-spitfire framing of the film, becomes outrageous. The Doctor, finding that this box is in fact even smaller on the inside, babbles something incomprehensible and runs away. But how do you know about it?'. Nor if he’s “feisty,” or “kick-ass” come to that. ''The King's letter, of course. And of course, I love all sorts of female characters who exhibit great resilience and courage. I believe that art is a reflection of a society shown through the mind of the artist. Though it's not perfect, Witcher has amazing female characters, so let's take a look at some of the strongest of them, from sorceresses to queens and everything in between. When I talk about this, people offer synonyms; better, less limiting ways of saying the same thing.