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Tol Eressea

Jun 5 2013, 10:28pm

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The soldiers and war leaders are men

And theirs is the story Tolkien wished to tell. The women do exist and form half of the population, but their story is different one, and not the one Tolkien had in his mind.

It's unfair to demand Tolkien to write a book that would have something for everyone. People try to make LotR be about this and that issue, but at the end of the day it's simply an exciting story Tolkien wrote guided by his idea of what kind of story he himself would have wanted to read. It's clearly inspired by his own experiences, also his own war memories. Those memories are from the trenches, from the mud and the barracks and the midst of battle. Not that many women there, only his male comrades and their shared suffering.

Reading real war stories tell very quickly and very strongly how utterly masculine world war is, dominated by the comradeship between males. In it women are present but mostly in talks and dreams about sex, told to strengthen the bond between the guys.

But every word you say today
Gets twisted 'round some other way
And they'll hurt you if they think you've lied

(This post was edited by Faenoriel on Jun 5 2013, 10:30pm)

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