Only a Woman

Author: Marta

Nominator: Marta

2011 Award Category: Post-Ring War and Beyond: Gondor

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: A glimpse into life among Ithilien's first family. Because even the most well-born daughters cannot always behave themselves.

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Reviewed by: The Lauderdale  ✧  Score: 7

I've always wondered how Eowyn would raise a daughter. A hero who aspired to glorious deeds in battle, she traded in her sword for marriage and the path of a healer. Her promise to [love all things that grow and are not barren] is an admirable life’s choice that gives due honor to traditionally woman's work, but comes absent any previous show of interest or apparent reason outside the decision to marry. From the only woman warrior in Tolkien's writings (besides Haleth, whose Amazonian ways are restricted to HoME anyway), this self-abnegation feels like a massive denial of self, and a stinging rebuke to all the tomboys out there. Would Eowyn encourage a daughter to “be all that she can be,” or would she steer her toward a narrower, more conventional brand of femininity? The answer seems to be a bit of both, and while I doubt that Findhwen will be allowed to stretch her legs for long, it's nice to see that Eowyn has at least not forgotten who she is, and to witness this moment of understanding between mother and daughter.

Author response: Thanks, Lauderdale! Eowyn is a character near to my heart. I'm glad you found this moment of recognition of her daughter reflected her canon character well.