Analysis Of The Book ' The ' R. Tolkien '

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J.R.R. Tolkien was an amazing author who had the ability to forge stories that have captivated audiences worldwide since the publishing of his first ever book. Part of this literary success comes from his astounding character development; his way of writing causes the reader to truly feel what his characters are experiencing and many a reader has cried at the death of a Tolkien character. However, if most people attempt to think of one of his characters the first ones that come to mind are males such as Aragorn and Frodo, when in all reality some of his most intriguing and subtly pivotal characters are females. Galadriel, Lúthien, Arwen, and Éowyn are four of those such women who are all individually different, although they can be…show more content…
For many long years I had pondered what I might do, should the Great Ring come into my hands, and behold! It was brought within my grasp’ . . . She lifted up her hand and from the ring that she wore there issued a great light that illuminated her alone and left all else dark. She stood before Frodo seeming now tall beyond measure, and beautiful beyond enduring, terrible and worshipful. Then she let her hand fall, and the light faded, and suddenly she laughed again, and lo! She was shrunken: a slender elf-woman, clad in simple white, whose gentle voice was soft and sad. ‘I have passed the test (The Fellowship 380-381).’” Galadriel is able to fight off the power of Sauron, a powerful maiar, in this scene the reader is shown the power she could have had if she had chosen to take the ring, however she turns down this immense power due to the evil she knows accompanies it. The Lady Galadriel is grave, wise, beautiful, and powerful, truly she is a model of the perfect women, whether it be elf or man. The other idealist female crafted by Tolkien was the half elf, half maiar maiden Lúthien, child of Thingol and Melian. Even when Lúthien is first introduced in the Silmarillion her gentle yet powerful nature was made abundantly evident: “Keen, heart-piercing was her song as the song of the lark that rises from the gates of night and pours its voice among the dying stars, seeing the sun behind the walls of the world; and
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