In less than a month it will be one year since the premiere of the ambitious series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (90%) produced by Amazon Studios, which was watched by many people around the world but divided opinion among fans. A topic that has been debated before has come to the fore again, and that is the misogyny of the elves in the series, which was clearly and directly exposed by Twitter user @atheistjLiz In a long thread where he breaks down every problematic aspect of the show.
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The Elven society we see closely is the society of Linden, which was ruled by King Gil-galad, and in which all women (except Galadriel) occupy the position of servants, and wear a veil that covers their faces. covers We do not see a maid throughout the first season, which leads us to conclude that maid is a job reserved for women. Despite the fact that there is a female warrior in Galadriel’s group in the first episode, her presence is largely veiled, and other roles played by women are that of messenger and companion to the men at the table, but without saying a word.
Like this series, the division of gender roles in Elven society is entirely an invention of the audience, as is JRR Tolkien, its creator. Lord of the RingsElves seen as egalitarian, and only one elf servant is mentioned the hobbit, Galleon, who was King Thranduil’s steward. Female servants also do not appear in Peter Jackson’s films (Frightened to Death (64%), King Kong (2005) (84%), They’ll Never Grow Old (100%)), where the closest we get is an elf servant. See, this is Lindir, Elrond’s right hand.
Gender Roles in Tolkien’s Elves
Tolkien, on his part, wrote that elves and elves follow different paths in life, but they are an egalitarian society. The Twitter user quotes this text from the author, without specifying which book it is from, where we can read it:
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In all such things, having nothing to do with the birth of children, the Neri and Nissi (i.e., men and women) of the Eldar are equal, except that (as they themselves say) making new things for Nissi is their own. The training of children is shown for the most part, so that the inventions and changes are mainly produced by Neri. However, there are no matters that only one person in the Eldar can think of or do, or others that concern only one person.
Although Tolkien was an orthodox Catholic, he was quite progressive in some ways. In others, it appears to have given the elves patriarchal characteristics, but nowhere is it indicated that any fable society had only women as servants, let alone veiled ones.
Galadriel and misogyny
Furthermore, the main female character of Lyndon, Galadriel, is considered lower in rank, despite the fact that she is a much older elf in age and experience. The king is her nephew, but she treats him as just another subject, and is always surrounded by elf lords, while the women remain silent. @atheistjLiz It gives the writers the benefit of the doubt, but the questions this Twitter thread raises will need to be answered in future seasons. If you are interested in reading the full thread, you can find it here this link,
There is currently no release date for the second season of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, but according to reports, filming ended before the actors’ strike began, so post-production could be done during the conflict. I have resolved.
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