Jun 5 2013, 11:06pm
You have pointed out another side to what is ultimately a rather complex issue. The answer to the question " Why didn't Tolkien write about very many women in his stories?" is not as simple as saying "Tolkien disliked women, but.." or " Tolkien thought very highly of women. On the other hand..." The truth is, we'll never really know.(and this applies to his thoughts on other things like race, class etc.) All I can say for sure is that it is that it's futile to apply modern sensibilities to a man who wasn't modern anyway. And if I'm honest, rather than focusing my complaints about such issues on a man who has been dead for forty years, I'd rather concentrate my anger on the sad, sad truth that misogyny, sexism , racism, etc. are alive and well in today's society.
(BTW, I'm NOT saying people shouldn't talk about these issues and their relation to Tolkien. I'm just saying that we can never have any satisfactory answers. Or, at least, I can't.)
Lots of discussion about this topic today...
My Sam Gamgee is indeed a reflexion of the English soldier, of the privates and batmen I knew in the 1914 war, and recognized as so far superior to myself- J.R.R. Tolkien
(This post was edited by demnation on Jun 5 2013, 11:08pm)