Éowyn fighting the Uruk-hai in the Glittering Caves [x]
LOOK AT THIS LIFE IS GOOD and it’s 4.30am i think i should sleep now probably. probably. if i can.
Look, I do get why they cut this out of the film - they wanted to make Eowyn more of a symbol of female power, and in order to do that effectively they thought they needed to keep her powerless for as long as possible; preventing her from fighting the orc pack, putting her down in the caves with the others who “couldn’t” fight. I disagree with that - I think the battle of Helm’s Deep would have been far more effective with women fighting alongside the men - but I do get it.
However, this scene to me is just so important, because it shows exactly what Eowyn says earlier in the film: those without swords can still die upon them. She does all of this fighting with no armor, no shield, just the sword that she probably had to sneak down there and in a long, hella impractical skirt with her long, hella impractical hair down. And she still wins. She takes on what, like a half-dozen uruk-hai and kills all of them to death really hard. This is the movie that I would’ve loved even more than the movie I got, and I love that movie A LOT.
Tolkien mostly forgot that women/females existed in his stories, but that doesn’t mean we have to.