The 5 Best Lord of the Rings Female Characters

The 5 Best Lord of the Rings Female Characters ...

The Lord of the Rings is a very male-heavy story. In the past, women were left to the side, often used as love interests and nothing more. More modern fantasy has a lot more female involvement and tends to have more feminist ideas, partly because there are more women involved in the stories themselves.

For the time being, the female representation in Lord of the Rings might be considered somewhat progressive, since having any female characters with any agency was difficult to come by in such a male-dominated tale. Each woman in the Lord of the Rings is unique in their own way, and they each add something significant and interesting to the story itself.

Arwen is still important in the book version of The Lord of the Rings. She is Elrond's daughter and Aragorn's love interest, but her purpose in the story is much more. She and Aragorn have a love story for the generations (quite literally) as she gives up her Elf status to go to the Undying Lands with the rest of the Elves.

In the books, Arwen's passive side gets to shine a bit more. She rescues Frodo after he receives a deadly stabbing from the Witch-King, outrunning the Nazgul and carrying him to Rivendell. In one of her best scenes, she even gets to launch huge waves down on the Nazgul and stop them from crossing.

Galadriel is positioned as a super powerful being in the narrative, one of Middle-Earth's wisest and most powerful people. Lothlorien is an Elf settlement near the Misty Mountains, which she and her husband built. Nenya was a source of power that protected Lothlorien from evil.

She gives Frodo a glimpse of the future if she wins (which includes a reference to the Scouring of the Shire chapter in the books). She is shown as an almost omniscient figure who monitors the plot and gives her power when it is needed, such as when she appears to Frodo in a vision and urges him to continue his journey when he is near Cirith Ungol.

Eowyn is the female character in the Lord of the Rings who has the best arc. In Rohan, where she is watching Saruman's manipulative behavior, she desperately wants to escape her situation. She is handy with a blade and knows how to defend herself, and she goes into battle even when her male relatives advise her against it.

Eowyn declares, "I am no man," before epically finishing off Faramir, in one of the greatest moments in the trilogy. This kind of representation was rare in Tolkien's time, making her a delight to watch.

Yes, the spooky giant spider that gave arachnaphobes nightmares for weeks after their first viewing of The Lord of the Rings was a female character, as she was known to devour her own foes. Her lair was near Cirith Ungol, and she made a maze of webs within the caves as a way to trap her prey (yes, Sauron does have a sense of humor).

On the way to the Mount Doom, Frodo and Sam meet her, where she manages to immobilize Frodo for a while before Sam stabbed her with Sting and used the Galadriel's phial of light to force her back. These were the worst injuries she had ever suffered, and she would not be heard from again in Middle-earth.

Rosie Cotton, the object of Samwise Gamgee's affections, is a lesser-known female character in the Lord of the Rings, who plays a significant role in the story. He envisions a future with her in the Shire, and it eventually comes true. She represents the life he's striving for, and the happy ending he'll enjoy after his horrible journey.

The only purpose in a story that a female character pursues isn't necessarily the finest representation, but Sam and Rosie's briefly mentioned romance is one of the lighter moments in a narrative that can sometimes be quite lengthy, and watching them get together does feel homey and cozy in a way that doesn't often appear in a lot of Lord of the Rings scenes outside of the Shire.