QotW: Arwen or Eowyn?

I have been watching the Lord of the Rings movies with my kids over the last few days. Personally, I never cared much for any of the romantic relationship storylines. They mess with the pacing of the movies and seem out of place. Arwen was never all that interesting in my eyes and I find Eowyn to be a bit too pushy. However, if I had to pick one of them for Aragorn, I think I would choose Eowyn. Yes, she is pushy, so strongly wanting to fight in the battles like the men do that she fails to see how her people need her in other ways. Yet, she also shows a more light-hearted side that Arwen never displayed. I think Aragorn, with the pressures of his royal bloodline, could certainly benefit from Eowyn’s laughter and friendly demeanor. It could help keep him grounded. What do you think?

QotW: Who do you prefer for Aragorn, Arwen or Eowyn? Why?

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4 Responses to “QotW: Arwen or Eowyn?

  • Arwen, definitely. There are many, many reasons why Arwen is better. I do not want to offend anyone, but still.
    What Dianne said about Arwen being “wishy washy…sticky gooey…yuck” is absolutely not true. I know that in the movies, Arwen is all kissy, and stuff, but that is not true to the books. She is a strong, loving women who awaits her loved one, helping in a woman-ish way. She sacrifices not only her immortality for Aragorn, but her chance to ever see her mother, whom she dearly loved, again. This also meant that, she leaves her father and dies, dies in a way that elves do not imagine. I find that this takes much more courage and sacrifice than disobeying Théoden King and sneaking out disguised as a man.
    I totally agree about her being selfish. That word ultimately describes her character. If you could name any un-selfish things she had, I would be thankful. Even her falling in love with Aragorn is made out of selfishness. She falls in love to get out of her current position, to do something for herself. I admit that how she defeated the Witch-King was brave, but how she went into battle was selfish. Instead of guarding her people, that were left under her command she leaves them. That, and disobeying the Kings order. It is no wonder that he did not want to take her into battle! He probably knew that she was un-trustworthy.
    That is my opinion.

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    • I respect your opinion, just as I respect Dianne’s opinion in regards to Arwen being “wishy washy…sticky gooey…yuck!” Much of how we see certain characters comes down to personal preferences. Also, I have never read the books, so I cannot comment on how Arwen is portrayed in them versus how she is portrayed in the movies. However, I can comment on how she is portrayed in the movies. In this context I agree more with Dianne, Arwen spent most of the movies being rather useless, sitting around being melodramatic. Even if Eowyn acted selfishly at times, at least she was a woman of action (according to the movies at least.) Anyway, thank you for sharing your thoughts, they have helped remind me that I wanted to read the books and compare them with the movies. I wish you the best.

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  • I prefer Eowyn. Arwen is too wishy washy…sticky gooey…yuck! I like the fact that Eowyn has the heart of a warrior but at the same time she is all woman. If it wasn’t for Eowyn the bad guy wouldn’t have been defeated. I think she served her people in the way that was most needed at that time.

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    • I used to think Eowyn was selfish, and I suppose one could still make the case she is, and that is why she decided to go against what her uncle wanted from her. He wanted her to lead their people because he figured he wouldn’t survive the final battle. Going against his wishes she risked her life as well, both of them dying would have left their people without a leader. However, after watching through the trilogy this last time I found myself seeing her differently. Also, by going into the final battle she made herself available to kill the Witch King, which no man can do. I took this as an illustration of how women are better suited than men when it comes to solving certain problems. Anyway, I also like the fact she doesn’t compromise her womanhood while being a warrior.

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