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Femininity in The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings
« on: February 13, 2020, 05:31:43 PM »
In this article, Łaszkiewicz (2016) presents the debate around femininity and gender roles in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. She argues that there has been ambiguity on how Tolkien portrayed his female characters ranging from being insignificant and hopeless as well as defiant and brave. For example, the first chapter of The Hobbit chapter recalls Bilbo's mother, Belladonna Took, as the relative for which Bilbo inherits his queerness. Although this makes him special, the female character only receives a short exposition and her bravery and uniqueness by being the daughter of the Old Took, seems to fade when she gets married to Mr. Baggins. However, Lord of the Rings depicts two female characters that challenge some of these norms. To this extent, the greedy character of Lobelia attacks Saruman's men and the character of Galadriel shifts from being a humble wife to a rebel against Valar. Nonetheless, the author notes that the differences of portrayals are based on "the writer's private relationship with women" (Łaszkiewicz, 2016, para. 1).

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Łaszkiewicz, W. (2016). [/size]J.R.R. TOLKIENíS PORTRAYAL OF FEMININITY AND ITS TRANSFORMATIONS IN SUBSEQUENT ADAPTATIONS. [/color]http://10.15290/cr.2015.11.4.02. [/color]
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