Saturday, April 26, 2008

Eowyn's love?

I never thought that Eowyn was really in love with Aragorn. I just thought that she was in love with the idea of him and the glory she could attain with him. I believe that in the book, Aragorn actually says that she only loved but a "shadow and a thought" of him. That's why I think that her feelings for Faramir would actually be more true for she sees him as he is and chooses the man rather than a position of glory and honor. In a way, this choice kind of reminds me of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind. Through the entire book, Scarlett was "in love" with Ashley, but in the end she realized that she really wasn't, but instead she realized that Rhett was who she really wanted. While both instances restore balance with people choosing to be with those who seem more suitable, it also however seems that they are just waking up to realize who they really care about and who's position they only care about.

9 comments:

Soune said...

I agree with you, Jamie. I think that Eowyn had encountered many great men (Theoden and Eomer), but Aragorn was the first of those men that were not related to her; therefore, i think that is why she became so "in love" with him. She saw him for what he was: a honorable, valiant man, but she confused her admiration for him for love.

Faramire, on the other hand, is someone that Eowyn can actually love. I don't know if I think he entirely tames her(like we discussed in class), though, because she will still have her independent spirit, but she will have the duties of a wife as well.

David Le said...

i believe what eowyn really loved in aragorn was his presence his prowess and how he could come and go and he pleases throughout middleearth while she felt bound by rohan and was restrained from what she felt she wanted and needed to do was to fight alongside men in battle and not be a maiden in a court.

Erica W said...

I think that it worked out the way it should have Eowyn should marry faramir. Aragorn is an awsome guy. He enbodies what women want in a man. He has empathy and compassion, but is also physically strong and can protect his family if need be. I can see why Eowyn would be "in love him".

Megan Becker said...

I always felt like Eowyn was just "settling" with Faramir. I think that her heart is true to Aragorn, but she also knows that she is only second best for him. I think that if Aragorn ever came to her and said he wanted to be with her, she would leave Faramir in a heartbeat. Poor guy! :)

Aislinn M. said...

I think that Eowyn had been living in a really bad situation for a long time. When Aragorn came along I think he gave her some hope and thats why she thought she was in love with him. But once it was evident that the world was not comming to an end, she was able to move on and realize her true feelings for Faramire.

dustin said...

I agree with the last person, in that Aragorn seemed to show a little interest at first in her to maybe bring on some feelings. You have to think though that this is Aragorn the everything, the soon to be King of all. I'm pretty sure that if Tolkien would have put some other women in LOTR that they would all be in for him as well.

becky said...

What about looking at this from beginning with Faramir as a character. We have said multiple times in class that he is who Boromir should have been in character and all. He's a stand up fella himself! Eowyn might not be settling but simply finding a true better match after she had met her true love!

seth swanson said...

its weird because i have not really thought of this yet you prove a good point. Love throughout history may be more based on what we are than who we are and eowyn seems to choose this route. people seemed to have loved to keep the balance. it is shown with royalty as well as everyday people. whether it be from a lack of options or choosing someone speifically for what they have to offer such as a title or riches. I feel more realism in the eyes of Arwen in a sort of spiritual manner, she already has everything she wants and even becomes mortal proving her love but eowyn just seems infatuated with the stature of a man that aragorn is

Lyndsey said...

I agree very much here. Eowyn being inlove with the thought of Aragorn was not exactly obvious in the beginning, but I did understand it more after Aragorn himself pointed it out. I would say that she was more in "awe" of Aragorn, but found it much easier to love Faramire.