So how much will we show women fighting, using weapons, etc.?
1. It seems I keep posting about Haleth today. I would strongly wish to see Haleth and her elite female bodyguard fight. In general I think the people of Haleth should follow her traditions and be warriors. Perhaps even making Hareth, the mother of Hurin/Huor a warrior.
2.By taking away Galadriel fighting for the Teleri and removing the Battle of Lammoth, we aren't giving Galadriel a chance to fight. Tolkien changed her story often, but I wouldn't want Galadriel to go missing so early from our narrative. In later work he does seem to wish to make Celeborn play a role in saving Elwing. So maybe, we could have Galadriel fight in the 2nd kinslaying. Her and Celeborn can play a big role in getting Elwing to safety.
3. Fall of Gondolin. I would argue a large percentage of the elvish women there should take part in the fighting, until all hope is lost. Of course Idril will fight Maeglin.
Then I possibly, a Elvish women in different battles. A very small percentage. Aredhel never gets the opportunity to fight, but I think she should be a capable fighter.
Again, I don't think this is going to be as stark a difference as it is among humans, at least not among the upper extremes for body mass and strength amongst elvish women. I agree that we likely won't see female elves in the hosts with any regularity, but the odd female elvish soldier shouldn't be unheard of.That is a good point! We do know that the women of the quendi almost matched their male counterparts in tallness and strength! But still... what about mass?
After all ... it has been suggested that due to their longer lifespan ALL quendi are not only craftsmen, artists, sages but also Soldiers. So the common elven hoplite, in cuirass, mail, tall helmet, armed with shield, sword, spear...
is a commoner who is not a professional soldier but at other times is a craftsman, cultivator, anything,..
The same may well be true for the female Quendi. In times of need... because... i do not get the impression that the female Quendi usually were part of the hosts, despite their obvious abilities.
I imagine her as an archer, but she would presumably have trained with some melee weapon. Spears (and javelins) come to mind since they're hunting weapons, and she may have had extensive experience with them before the Noldor started messing with swords.Thinking about the Eol discussions: What should Aredhel be capable of? Is she an archer? Does she wield a sword?
This is more or less my point of view of this, though I think I'm less interested in modernizing the story. I do think that having a bunch of women in combat will _look_ super unrealistic, given what we know about the science of gender. We will have opportunity to explain this when men arrive, though, so I'm not _too_ concerned about things appearing to be weird for a season or two.I have long and complicated and self-contradictory thoughts about gender roles and Elves and fighting. Not sure what to say or how to say it, I'm just going to barf my words onto the screen as they come to me.
I would like to be inspired by, but not beholden to, the gender ideas of a fellow born in the 19th century when considering these Elves.
I would also like to be inspired by, but not beholden to, the biological and sociological realities of IRL humans when considering these Elves.
I'm interested in gleaning what we can from "Laws and Customs of the Eldar", but I'm not interested in following it to the letter.
I'm interested in gleaning what we can from the customs and traditions of fighting armies from history, but I'm not interested in 1:1 applying that to Elves.
I want gender roles to be inspired by Laws and Customs, but modified and "modernized" and passed through a 21st century filter. I don't want to enforce some "SJW" 50/50 gender divide, but I also don't want to be forced to stick to a 99/1 divide either because that's what the non-canon book says.
I want combat to be inspired by reality and history, but modified and simplified and "Hollywood-ified" to be screen-appropriate and narratively appropriate.